WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

Learn how to make the best homemade Whole Wheat Bread with just a few ingredients.  This bread will sure to be a favorite in your home.

Am I the only one wondering where the year went?  It’s the beginning of December which means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, if you haven’t started already.   For most Guyanese households we have already started preparing months in advance by soaking fruits for our black cake.  Some people set their garlic pork weeks ahead of Christmas and start gathering ingredients like dried sorrel and cassareep.  Pepperpot is a traditional Guyanese Christmas breakfast and the homemade bread that goes with the Pepperpot is equally as important.  Pepperpot is a meat stew made with cassareep, an Amerindian cassava syrup.  What’s unique about this stew is that the cassareep preserves it so it can be left at room temperature for days without spoiling.  The cassareep and wiri wiri pepper gives this stew a unique flavor.  If you’re looking a Pepperpot recipe I’ve got you covered!  Here’s the recipe for Pepperpot and here’s a YouTube video as well. If you head to my channel I have a playlist of Guyanese Christmas favorites.

Now onto the bread!  I have a plait bread recipe and video already on the blog but wanted to share a whole wheat version for those who wanted a healthier version.   Whole wheat bread can be challenging as it can be less tasty than its counterpart but I promise you this is the best whole wheat bread!  The addition of honey adds a sweetness t to the earthiness of the whole wheat.  I’ve been making whole wheat bread for several months and my family loves it.  The kids eat it up!

I made this whole wheat bread in a loaf pan but you it can be made in the style of plait bread as well.  You can even add the plait bread to a pan as well.  The texture of this whole wheat bread is not too soft, not too firm and holds together well.  It will not fall apart when dipped into the Pepperpot.   The butter gives it a bit of richness without being overindulgent.  Whether you chose to make the traditional plait bread or my homemade whole wheat bread this Christmas, you won’t be disappointed.

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 3 ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Place warm water in a large bowl with honey and yeast then mix with a spoon. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes, allowing the yeast to bloom.
  2. Add flour, salt and melted butter and mix to combine.
  3. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it forms a smooth ball.
  4. Place in a lightly greased bowl and allow to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 45 minutes.
  5. Once the bread has risen, punch down the dough then remove from the bowl and place on a clean countertop. Knead a few times to form a ball.
  6. Roll into a rectangle then roll from one end forming a jelly roll.
  7. Place in a greased loaf pan and gently press so that the bread spreads and fills the pan and touches the sides of the pan.
  8. Cover loosely and let rise for about 20 minutes. While bread rises, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. When bread is ready, remover cover and place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with butter. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan before removing and placing on a rack. Best when served warm.
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