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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:48 pm 
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I'm trying to find the best bread in the world. I really like a soft but firm, thick-sliced wholemeal bread; it's usually called farmhouse bread here. I've only ever found the exact right bread once, but the last time I had that particular bread, it was kinda funky. Also, I'm trying to get away from bread with a million ingredients, and I want to make my own bread more often. When I make my own wholemeal bread in the breadmaker, it tends to be too tough and dense.

So, does anyone have a recipe for a soft, easy-to-slice wholemeal bread? Double points if it's for the breadmaker, since I'm super lazy.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:02 pm 
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Have you tried adding soy milk or yoghurt to your dough to soften the crumb? Kamut flour (Dove's farm sells it) also tends to yield a somewhat softer crust, although I usually use no more than 50% kamut. I never buy bread here - I don't want to eat sliced sponge - so I don't know anything specific about farmhouse bread.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:38 pm 
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I've made the NY Times No Knead Bread with white whole wheat flour and added a tablespoon or so of vital wheat gluten to the mix. It came out really well, was easy to slice, and super tasty to boot.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:42 am 
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I am just posting to say I hope someone has a good recipe for you, because I, too, would like one.
Also, I am lazy and use a breadmaker as well, and whenever I've tried deviating from bread recipes I've ended up with a disaster. A hard, unsliceable disaster.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:46 am 
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birdsonawire wrote:
I've made the NY Times No Knead Bread with white whole wheat flour and added a tablespoon or so of vital wheat gluten to the mix. It came out really well, was easy to slice, and super tasty to boot.

I'm a fan of the no-knead. http://www.breadtopia.com/basic-no-knead-method/
I've also had success with this book from the library:
http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Reinharts-A ... 327&sr=8-1
It's easy to follow and what I have made has been great. Most more involved recipes look easy to veganize.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:23 am 
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The Reinhart book is good and there are instructions on how to convert a recipe to whole grain (you need a little extra liquid). He also has a wholegrain one, but the method is slightly more labour-intensive than his most recent recipes.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:24 am 
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I use the recipe in Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day (another no knead variant) and it's so easy. It's a weekly staple in our house.


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