At the beginning of 2013, I asked for your feedback on my Facebook Page on the kind of things you’d like to see on the blog this year and that I’ll try and incorporate some of your recipe requests. And the one thing that was a popular demand was a healthy loaf of bread. So here’s my attempt to share with you a detailed recipe for a sandwich loaf.
I’ve tried baking whole wheat bread on several occasions.
It has led to a variety of results- my househelp giving me puzzled looks on what that seemingly edible brick is doing on our counter top, me wondering if I should let it dry out in the sun to be used later as a weapon for self defense, my son making me swear that I will not sneak it inside his lunch box, me quietly disposing it in the main trash can of our community, so it can never be traced back to me.
But yes, I’ll say this one thing. I never gave up. I kept trying from a variety of sources – books, blogs, my own improvisations. Recently, I came across this recipe in the kitchn and there was so much confidence in the tone of that post, it almost felt like a friend had her hand on my shoulder and told me that “this will work!” and work it did.
You can be rest assured that this bread is a 100% handmade. No food processors, Kitchen Aids, Bread Machines were involved in the making of this work of art. Oven, yes – I did use an oven 🙂
You may ask if this is Whole Wheat bread a 100% whole wheat? To be honest, this one has 50% all purpose flour (maida) and 50% whole wheat flour (atta) – so if you trust your Atta to be 100% wheat, you can be sure that this bread is 50% whole wheat.
And that is quite healthy given that the soft, spongy, melt in your mouth sliced bread labeled as whole wheat available in supermarkets is definitely NOT even 50% wheat, or they’ve added a ton of other ingredients to make it soft and fluffy.
The goodness of this bread is once you’ve mastered this basic loaf, you can keep playing with it in terms of other ingredients added to it such as a variety of other whole grain flours, seeds, flavourings etc. But I’d surely request you to try it just like it is if you are a first timer.
This makes 2 loaves of roughly 600 grams each