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100% Whole Grain Wheat Bread

What you need: 

2 3/4 cups hot water
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon salt (I use sea salt)
7 1/2 cups (max) 100% whole grain wheat flour, divided
2 tablespoons dry active yeast

What you do: 

1. Place the first five ingredients in the bowl and mix. Add 2 cups whole grain wheat flour. Mix, then add dry active yeast. If you're not sure about your yeast, proof it in a little warm water first (to make sure it bubbles). Add 4 cups flour, and mix until the consistency is somewhat even.
2. Then continue to slowly add flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough quits sticking to the sides of the bowl. It should be tacky to the touch. The trick is to have enough consistency to stand up with the least amount of flour, so the bread will be fluffy. Do not exceed 7 1/2 cups wheat flour. I use 7 cups. You can trade 1 cup wheat flour for 1 cup all purpose white if you wish. Don't over mix, or the bread will be tough.
3. When your dough is finished, cover the bowl and let it rise for about 30-45 minutes. The dough will be larger, but it doesn't need to double when using a heavy mixer. Grease two bread pans with nonstick spray. You can also flour the pans to reduce sticking. Mix again just enough to knock it down at least close to the original size. Drop the dough on a floured surface so you can work the dough and shape it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
4. Roll it in the flour and shape it in your hands to make a nice ball, getting enough flour on it so it isn't sticky. Divide the ball in 1/2 and do it again. Shape the loaves by turning the dough under itself over and over. When the dough is shaped right, the sides and ends will be sealed and all you will see is a nice oblong shaped loaf with smooth sides and top.
5. Drop the loaves in your bread pans and let them rise until almost doubled. Bake for 36 minutes. If you forgot to preheat, 41 minutes. (gas oven). When done, turn the bread out of the pan to a rack to cool. You can eat it right away. Don't wrap it until completely cooled. (Condensation will make it soggy) Put in tinfoil to store on the counter. If you put it in the refrigerator it will turn into a brick. Enjoy.
If you like fluffy brown bread, this is it. This bread is not heavy like most 100% whole wheat breads.
Source of recipe: This recipe has been in my family for years and we all make it. We make a lot more now that we have powerful mixers and the hand kneeding is bye bye.

Preparation Time: 
3 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
12
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Perfect.  I only used about 1 tablespoon of sugar.  This made one large loaf, 5 burger buns, and one 10" pizza crust.  A LOT of delicious whole grain bread!

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I have been making your bread for a year now.  We are never without it.  It is sooo easy to make.  I still add sunflower seeds, millet, and flax.  I have yet to make it without adding those.  Thank you so much for the recipe.  It's a keeper.  We have it EVERYMORNING with fresh ground peanut butter and fruit.  ;)b

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Oh my God! I just made my own bread! Thanks for sharing! Tastes great, came out a little doughy but I just needed to keep it in longer. Thanks again!

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THIS WAS AWESOME

I kinda halved the recipe, but with a lot of guesstimation that left me with a dough consistency that made me question if I'd ended up with the wrong ratios and IT STILL WORKED GREAT. And I accidentally didn't even add everything together in the order suggested either by the recipe or the general bread dough instructions that came with my food processor (which I read later...)

Also, maybe it's just my (gas) oven, but without preheating it took  more like 50-55 minutes.

YUM. I'm hooked. Can't wait to experiment with add-ins. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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This is AMAZING!!!! I omitted the molasses (I don't like that flavor) and kneaded in some chopped garlic, onion, and habanero pepper before the second rise. It is so good.  Word of caution - the loaves are HUGE.  I only cook for 2 people. So, I think, next time I will be cutting the dough into fourths and freezing the dough until I need it.  This is my new go to bread recipe.  :)>>>

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This is the best bread I have ever baked!  Everyone in our household gave it a thumbs up.  I'll be baking again this afternoon! 

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just pulled my bread out of the oven  :)

everybody loooves it!

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If I may quote a certain Food Network personality: YUM-O!  Like ascwing, I like Great Harvest Bread, but it gets pricey at $5 a loaf.  This recipe is what I've been looking for!  Although, I did make a couple changes: I left out the oil completely, I used 1/4 cup agave nectar in place of sugar and also omitted the molasses.  I baked one loaf, and had enough to shape 8 gardenburger buns.  Thanks for the great recipe, it is in my recipe box now!

I made these changes too and it turned out amazing, thanks!

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This was my first try with homemade bread NOT from a bread machine. I've been slowly getting my kids off store bought bread and the bread machine stuff was just too dense for them. They LOVED this! This is going to be my staple recipe and it was so easy. I have been scared to death of true homemade bread for no reason. :) Thank you!

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This bread was super tasty. I used applesauce instead of the oil but next time I think I'll use banana and maybe some agave for more sweetness.

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