This bread is made from six simple ingredients, with only home-ground, whole wheat flour. In this instructable, I'll show you how to bake the dough into sandwich bread, Dutch oven pull-apart rolls, and focaccia loaves.
When I first got a wheat grinder, none of my favorite standby recipes (all no-knead) worked anymore. Home-ground wheat isn't the same as store bought. Even the stuff labeled 100% whole wheat has usually been processed or altered in some way to extend the shelf life.
Despite the learning curve, it was worth it. Freshly ground wheat has a sweet, clean flavor. It's fun. And, I found out, with a little kneading, it's possible to make a great bread with simple ingredients. Many sandwich bread recipes have milk or eggs, but I developed this with more shelf-stable ingredients I can always have on hand. For this bread, all you need is:
2 cups tap water
1/3 cup sugar (brown sugar, white sugar, or honey all work great)
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons oil (canola oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, melted butter...whatever you fancy)
5 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups of home ground white whole wheat flour, or about 1 lb 10 oz (more detail on this is up next)
1 tablespoon instant dry yeast