Crusty Whole Wheat Italian Bread Rustic Homemade Delight

A delicious, rustic homemade crusty whole wheat Italian bread that could easily become a favorite for both kids and adults alike. See the recipe below.

Rustic whole wheat Italian bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups of water (105-115 deg F)
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet

Directions

~~ For Bread Machine ~~

  • Add all ingredients except cornmeal to bread machine pan in the proper area for your machine
  • Select dough cycle and start machine

~~ Conventional Method ~~

  • In large bowl, dissolve yeast, brown sugar and ginger in warm water.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes until yeast forms.
  • Add salt and bread flour, then beat well.
  • Stir in whole wheat flour to make a stiff dough.
  • Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead 10 minutes or until dough is springy, smooth and satiny.
  • Wash bowl, grease it, and add dough to in bowl, then turn over to grease top.
  • Let rise in a warm place until it doubles in bulk, about 1 hour.

~~ Shaping and Baking ~~

  • Lightly oil or grease a 14X17″ baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal, then set aside.
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Divide in half and, on a lightly floured surface, shape into long loaves, rolling each piece first into a 5X12″ rectangle, then rolling each up along the long side to make long, narrow loaf.
  • Pinch edges to seal, and taper ends.
  • Place loaves, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet
  • Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Make 4-5 slashes across each loaf with sharp knife.
  • Brush each loaf with water and sprinkle with whole wheat flour.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until loaves are browned and crisp.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • NOTE: I use a spray bottle filled with water and spray the loaves and oven walls once or twice at 5-minute intervals at the beginning of baking.

Whole wheat Italian bread fresh slices

Nothing beats the aroma and taste of the freshly baked bread 🙂 The kids are always wearing big smiles at the sight of the cut slices as they inhale the smells of this homemade delight.

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