I have been looking for a hearty and delicious whole wheat breadmaker bread recipe and finally found one I like! It comes from the out-of-print book: Canada’s Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes. Such a shame because I get the best breadmaker recipes from this book. Above you can see how great this bread is as French Toast.
Here is it with my Strawberry Rhubarb Breadmaker Jam on it. For someone who does not like whole wheat very much, I am very impressed with this recipe.
MARITIME BROWN BREAD
This recipe is for a 2 lb/1 kg loaf of bread
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
1/4 cup skim milk powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp shortening (or softened butter which is what I used)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour
1 1/4 tsp breadmaker yeast
Add ingredients to breadmaker loaf pan in the order listed above. Select Whole Wheat Cycle. I also select a light cycle, I do not like my bread very dark. As usual, I had to add extra water to make the dough come together so pay attention when it starts to churn, does it look dry? Add a little warm water until the dough looks wet. Better too wet than too dry!
Perfect! Man, I love my breadmaker!
Now we can not eat a whole loaf in just a few days so I divide the bread into sections and freeze it. This bread freezes perfectly.
I usually use the thawed bread for French Toast and it soaks up the batter fabulously. Now I can feel a little less guilty about indulging in brunch on the weekends.
Once again, my breadmaker to the rescue! On days I am in too much pain to bake something from scratch with my own hands, I can still get that homemade flavour with zero chemicals or preservatives thanks to my breadmaker.