Monday, October 10, 2011

Cool Rise Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Soft, slightly sweet and buttery; this bread is perfect for sandwiches and toast. I loved it. I served this bread for dessert tonight, warm from the oven and topped with honey butter. Truly delicious!

The best part about this bread is the cool rise. Not sure what that means? 20 minutes from start to the fridge in the morning and then you can forget about it. I took the pan out of the refrigerator tonight, preheated the oven and baked it. I have the second pan waiting now, ready to bake in the morning.

Oh, how I wish I hadn't waited so long to try this recipe. I was scared of yeast and bread baking in general for so many years. I know that this recipe seems long and complicated, but it isn't. Read through it and see for yourself. Basically, you stir, mix with a stand mixer (or knead) and then you just set it in the refrigerator. No rise times on the counter, no fussing with the dough, just stir, knead and refrigerate.

I found this recipe at Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet over a year and a half ago and printed it to try. Then I completely forgot about it! I stumbled onto it in one of my recipe binders earlier this week and now I am thrilled to have this in my files. I guarantee this bread will be made over and over again.

I adjusted the recipe to half whole wheat this time, because I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm definitely going to make this again though. I'm looking forward to trying this with 100% whole wheat next time. I made this using my kitchenaid, but Marjie has full directions posted for doing this by hand or with a bread machine as well.

Cool Rise Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
(printable recipe)

2 cups AP flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, I used freshly ground hard white wheat
2 tablespoons active dry yeast, or 2 packets
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup soft butter, I probably used closer to 1/3 cup because I wasn't measuring carefully
1 1/2 cups very warm water, 110-120 degrees
light flavored olive oil

Pour the water into the bowl of your stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over it. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and then add the butter. Turn the mixer on low speed for 10 minutes. Let the dough sit for 10 additional minutes once the mixer is finished.

UPDATED TO ADD: Do NOT let the dough rise in the mixing bowl for more than 10 minutes. I walked away when making this today and it rose beautifully for about 20-30 minutes. However, after I punched it down and shaped it into loaves, it didn't rise much in the pans at all - even after 6 hours in the refrigerator. The loaves still tasted fine, but they were much more dense and not at all as lovely as they were the first time I made this.

Divide the dough in half, form into small oval shaped loaves. I like to create a round shape by tucking the edges underneath and then forming a slight oval before placing it in the pan. If you are new to baking bread, remember that while the bread will rise, it will not typically become pretty and rounded if you do not create a rounded shape initially.

Place the dough into well buttered loaf pans and brush the surface of the dough with olive oil and brush 2 pieces of wax paper with oil as well. Cover the bread loosely with the wax paper and then loosely cover the pans with plastic wrap. Place loaves in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Let them rise for 2-24 hours. I found that mine had doubled in size about 4 hours after I put them into the refrigerator.

When you are ready to bake the bread, remove the pans from the refrigerator and place them on the stovetop while the oven heats to 400 degrees. (375 degrees for glass pans) Once the oven is hot, or after approximately 10-15 minutes, put the loaves in the oven for 25-28 minutes.

When the bread is done, remove from the pans immediately and cool on wire rack. Let it cool at least 15 minutes before slicing if you are going to eat it warm. I recommend letting it cool completely before slicing if possible.

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

17 comments:

  1. I am very inrigued by this cool rise:) Have to try as I make my own bread almost every day(small loaves)

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  2. I think I will have to give this a try!! I have yet to have a positive experience baking a yeast bread - but maybe this cool rise will work for me!?

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  3. Now see.. this is a type of bread I can make in the summer months here in the desert!! Love the cool rising technique. Will have to try this next time for sure.

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  4. Mary, Thanks for sharing this recipe. The bread looks very soft... how I wish can have some for morning breakfast :)

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  5. Ooo, the bread looks so soft and like the perfect catalyst for a PB&J sandwich. I must try!

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  6. Oh my gosh. This bread looks so good. And sounds very simple. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I'm so glad to see you tried one of my recipes! Sometimes I get discouraged, thinking no one's reading, but you've made me very happy today. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much; it's one of our staple breads around here.

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  8. This bread looks just perfect...
    Soft and perfect texture....
    What a wonderful and simple recipe...
    I need to try this soon.

    P.S I have been away for a while, I missed couple of your recipes..
    Heading to catch up. :-)

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  9. Jim has asked me a couple of times to make him some good homemade sandwich bread and I never have (poor guy:-))...I could definitely do this and I like that this is specifically for sandwiches - which is exactly what I would be looking for. Looks yummy - esp. with your nut butter...doesn't get much better than that!

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  10. What a great recipe - I love the idea of being able to make it before I go to work then bake when I get home. Perfect!

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  11. Love this idea of making bread. Fuss free and easy!

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  12. This is one method that I must try. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Looks like some great sandwich bread for lunchtimes! Delicious!

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  14. Homemade bread is the best. This recipe sounds so delicious.

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  15. Homemade bread is one of my favorite things! I love how easy this recipe is!

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  16. This sounds so easy I will have to give it a try! It also looks pretty amazing - I can smell it now :)

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  17. Sounds easy and delicious! YUM! Love the PB on the bread.

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