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This bread is light, tender, moist and absolutely delicious.

I used instant yeast, which means I didn’t have to activate the yeast before adding to the dough. Feel free to use traditional yeast, but you will have to soften the yeast in lukewarm sugar bath first. You can replace the butter with margarine or olive oil, but butter gives it a nicer flavour. Honey can be replaced with 2/3 cup of brown sugar, but here too, it will be nicer with honey. Don't alter the rest of the ingredients and most importantly, measure accurately. A lot of people bake bread at 375F or even at 400F, but whole wheat bread tends to burn on top at those temperatures.

5-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat gluten
1/2 cup dried potato flakes
1/4 cup dry milk powder
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp instant yeast*
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp vinegar
2-1/2 cups lukewarm water [do NOT add more water]
all purpose flour for kneading
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds [optional]

• In a large bowl lightly mix all the ingredients except the sunflower seeds.
• Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes.

• Lightly flour a bread board and place the dough on it.
• With clean hands knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

• Place the dough in the lightly greased bowl and cover to rise.
• Allow the dough to rise for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in bulk.

• Gently deflate the risen dough.

• Roll dough to uniform thickness, stretching by hand into a 9x 12″ rectangle,
breaking down the gas bubbles in the outer edges. [A]
[Optional: Arrange 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds on the top.
Apply pressure on the roller to press seeds into the dough.]
• Roll up dough very tightly in jelly roll fashion,
sealing it with heel of hand after each roll. [B]
• Position the final seal on the bottom.
• Seal the ends with the side of hand into a thin strip. [C]
• Fold the sealed ends under with the fingers. [D]

• Generously grease two 8″ x 5″ bread pans.
• Place the shaped loaves with seam sides down in the bread pans.

• Cover the pans with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.

• Preheat the oven to 350°F.

• Bake the breads for 25-30 minutes.

Yields: 2 loaves.



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