This simple bread boasts few ingredients and is great for the beginning breadmaker, as the steps are very basic and the bread very tasty.
INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT CULTURES FOR HEALTH
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp oil
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cultured buttermilk, brought to room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine yeast, flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, whisking together to incorporate.
- In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients until well blended.
- Make a well in the flour mixture in the large bowl and pour in the wet ingredients. Slowly begin to incorporate with a wooden spoon, turning the bowl and mixing as you go.
- Once the mixture forms a dough, turn it out onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add more buttermilk if too dry, more flour if too wet.
- Grease a bowl and put the dough in. Turn the dough over in the bowl once to evenly coat. Cover and set in a warm place to rise until doubled.
- Turn the dough out and knead it a few times before shaping it into a large loaf and placing it in a greased loaf pan.
- Bake in a 350°F oven for 25 minutes or until the center of the bread measures 190°F. Brush the top of the bread down with melted butter.
- Turn out onto a wire rack to cool before serving.