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Prep time
20 minutes
Total time
3 hours
1 loaf
Serving Size
1 slice - 1/16 loaf (56g)

2 ½ tsp instant yeast

¾ to 1 cup lukewarm water*

½ cup orange juice

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 ½ tsp salt

2 Tbsp honey

¼ cup dry milk or nonfat dry milk

2 cups unbleached bread flour

1 cup whole wheat flour, traditional or white whole wheat

1 cup Ancient Grains Blend

1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten

*Use the lesser amount of water in summer (or in humid conditions), the greater amount in winter (or in dry conditions), and something in between the rest of the time.

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, mixing and kneading to form a smooth, slightly sticky dough.
  2. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about an hour, until doubled in size.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface, shape it into a 8” x 4” log, and put it into a lightly greased 8 ½” x 4 ½” bread pan, gently flattening it to fill the pan
  4. Cover the pan and allow the loaf to rise till it’s crested about 1” over the rim of the pan.
  5. Bake the bread in a preheated 375°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes, tenting with foil after about 20 minutes, to prevent over-browning. Remove from the oven when it’s golden brown, and its interior temperature registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  6. After 5 minutes, turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.

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Why is a recipe being touted by the Whole Grains Council using 2 cups of unbleached bread flour (ie, NOT whole grain flour)? This is not a whole grain recipe - it is a 50% whole grain recipe.
All the recipes on our site are at least 50% whole grain, which is in line with the US Dietary Guidelines recommendation that we should make at least half our grains whole. Many people who are transitioning toward a diet with more whole grains find that blended recipes like this one are a great way to familiarize themselves with the unique flavors, textures, and baking characteristics of whole grain ingredients. Our website has many 100% whole grain recipes as well, and I would encourage you to try some of those and let us know what you think!

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