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  • Serves: 2 Lg loaves

Amy Scherber's Organic Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Part #1

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 1 ts Active dry yeast
  • 1/4 c (2 ounces) very warm water
  • (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 3 3/4 c Or more if necessary (18 1/2
  • Ounces) organic whole wheat
  • Flour
  • 2 3/4 c (12 1/2 ounces) organic
  • Unbleached all-purpose
  • Flour
  • 2 c (6 ounces) organic
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tb (3/4 ounce) Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 c (12 ounces) Sponge Starter
  • 2 1/2 c (20 ounces) cool water ( 75
  • Degrees F)
  • 3 tb (1 1/2 ounces) honey
  • 3 tb (1 1/2 ounces ) molasses
  • 2 tb (1 ounce) Canola oil (or
  • Other vegetable oil)
  • 2 c (8 ounces) pecan pieces,
  • Toasted
  • Additional rolled oats for
  • Topping


Two 9 by 5-inch loaf pans, oiled

Place the yeast and warm water in a large bowl and stir with a fork to
dissolve the yeast. Let stand for about 3 minutes.

Whisk the whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, oats, and salt together in a
medium bowl.

Add the sponge starter, cool water, honey, molasses, and oil to the yeast
mixture. Mix with your fingers for 1 to 2 minutes, just long enough to
break up the sponge (the mixture should look milky and be slightly foamy).
Add the flour mixture to the bowl and stir with your fingers to incorporate
the flour, scraping the sides of the bowl and folding the dough over itself
until it gathers into a shaggy mass. Don't be concerned if the dough feels
very sticky at this point.

Lightly flour a work surface. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it
for 6 to 8 minutes, until it becomes compact and elastic. It should be very
moist but not mushy. If it feels too stiff to knead, add water 1 tablespoon
at a time until you have a soft, malleable dough. If it's sloppy wet and
impossible to knead, add another 1/4 to 1/3 cup (1 1/4 to 1 2/3 ounces) of
whole wheat flour. Shape the dough into a loose ball and let it rest,
covered with plastic wrap, on the lightly floured work surface for 20
minutes. (This rest period is the autolyse.)

Flatten the dough and stretch it gently into a rectangle about an inch
thick. Spread the pecans and raisins evenly over the dough. Fold the whole
mass into an envelope and knead and fold it gently until the nuts are well
distributed, about 2 to 3 minutes. If the dough resists, let it rest for 5
minutes and then continue kneading. Some of the nuts may pop out of the
dough, but they can easily be incorporated again after the first rise, when
the dough has softened.

Shape the dough into a loose ball and place it in a lightly oiled bowl,
along with any loose nuts. Turn the dough to coat the top with oil, and
cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise at room
temperature (75 to 77 degrees F) until it has doubled in volume, about 2
1/2 to 3 hours. (You can also refrigerate this dough overnight and shape it
and bake it the next day: Let it rise for 1 hour at room temperature, or
until it looks slightly puffy but not doubled, before refrigerating. The
next day, let it rise for 2 hours at room temperature before shaping it.)

When the dough has doubled, loosen it from the bowl with lightly floured
hands and gently pour it onto a floured work surface. Press any loose
pecans into the dough and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Shape each piece
into a log. Spread the oats for topping on a flat plate or baking sheet.
Use a pastry brush or a plant sprayer to lightly moisten the top of each
log with water, then roll the tops of the loaves in the oats. Place each
loaf seam side down in an oiled 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Cover them with
plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 2 hours, or until they have
doubled in size (a finger pressed into the dough will leave an

Thirty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a
baking stone in the oven to preheat and place an empty water pan directly
below the stone.

When the loaves have doubled, place the pans on the baking stone. Quickly
pour 1 cup of very hot water into the water pan and immediately shut the
door. After 1 minute, using a plant sprayer, mist the loaves quickly 6 to 8
times then shut the oven door. Repeat the misting procedure 1 minute later.

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and
bake for 20 to 25 minutes longer, until the loaves sound slightly hollow
when tipped out of the pan and tapped on the bottom. The sides and bottom
of the loaf should feel firm and slightly crusty. If the tops are browned
but the sides are still somewhat soft, place the loaves directly on the
stone to bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer. Transfer the loaves from the pans
to a rack and allow to cool completely before slicing.

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