Photo: Charles Walton
Yield
Makes 2 (9-inch) loaves

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and sugar in a 2-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

Step 2

Beat yeast mixture, 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups wheat flour. Add bread flour, 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. Let stand 15 minutes.

Step 3

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 5 to 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

Step 4

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down, and divide into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a loaf; place loaves into 2 greased 9- x 5-inch loafpans.

Step 5

Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 6

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and bake 15 more minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks.

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