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Classic Whole Wheat Bread

 Classic Whole Wheat Bread
A lot of wheat is produced in this area, so I use it often in my baking. Buttermilk makes this bread a little lighter and less dense than other wheat breads. The aroma while it bakes is terrific.
32 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, oats, yeast and salt.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk, butter, honey and molasses
  • to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
  • moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose
  • flour to form a medium stiff dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; let rest for 20 minutes. Punch dough down. Turn
  • onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves.
  • Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise

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Classic Whole Wheat Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter. Cool. Yield: 2
  • loaves(16 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 168 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.