Here is a fool proof 100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe that is very easy to do. It does require planning ahead, but once you figure that out, you will make bread all the time!
I calculated the cost for making this bread using high quality ingredients and total cost is $1.81 per loaf, much cheaper than what you pay at the market.
The day before you want to make bread, you will mix the ingredients to allow for 18-24 hours fermentation time.
Step 1: Equipment and Ingredients needed
Whole wheat flour
Vital wheat gluten
5 quart bowl or container
Baking stone or tiles
Metal broiler pan
Step 2: Measure Dry Ingredients
I listed the ingredients as weighed in grams, ounces and measured in cups. If you do not have a scale, you can measure the flour using a one cup measuring cup and scooping the flour into the cup with a spoon. Level off the top of the measuring cup with a knife and don't compact it.
Whole Wheat Flour 910 grams (32 ounces or 7.5 cups)
Vital wheat gluten 35 grams (1 1/4 ounces or 1/4 cup)
Yeast 5 grams (1 teaspoon)
Salt 20-25 grams (1 1/2 tablespoons)
Water, tap or filtered 850 grams (4 cups)
I keep my ingredients in the fridge, so I start out with cold ingredients. Warmer ingredients cuts your fermenting time a little.
Step 4: Stir in water
Add the water slowly or all at once. Mix with spoon or spatula. Continue mixing until there are no longer dry spots. If after a few minutes you have flour that is not incorporating, add one or two tablespoons of water. You shouldn't need more than 2-3 tablespoons.
Step 5: Rest the dough
I have also found that I can simply refrigerate the dough at this point. Refrigerating makes it easier to handle and gives better flavor.