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Whole Wheat French Bread

This French Bread is soft, fluffy, and is the perfect complement to any dish. It also makes delicious sandwiches and toast. With so many ways to enjoy it, you really can't go wrong!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Rising Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients

  • cup water about 80°F
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • cups whole wheat flour
  • tsp raw honey
  • tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast or 1½ tsp bread machine/fast rise yeast

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  • Mix on low speed until the dough comes together. Alternatively, you can knead the dough together by hand.
  • Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about a ½ inch thick. Roll it up from the long end until it forms a loaf. Tuck the ends of each side underneath.
  • Transfer the bread to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Cover the loaf with the damp towel and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour in a warm place.
  • When the rising time is almost up, preheat the oven to 375°F. Use a sharp knife or bread lame to score the top of the loaf. Make each shallow cut about 3-4 inches long.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until the top of the loaf is a nice golden brown. Let cool before slicing to prevent the loaf from drying out.
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