Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Light Wheat Bread (BBA Challenge)

It's week #18 of The Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge and we're finally incorporating some whole grains into our bread. I'm such a whole grains geek that all those prior weeks of using only white flour have left me clutching my Metamucil bottle as if my life depended on it, if you're picking up what I'm laying down. And although this week's light wheat bread recipe isn't 100% whole grain, as least it's a step in the right direction.

I used King Arthur's organic white whole wheat flour and Sir Lancelot high-gluten flour to make this bread. I found it interesting that once again because of the knowledge I've gained throughout this apprenticeship, I knew to add more water when my dough wasn't at the proper, slightly tacky stage. (I'm getting such a kick out of the science used in bread baking.... can you tell?)

I opted to make sandwich buns instead of a loaf this time and I'm happy to report that they turned out beautifully. The dough made eleven hamburger-size buns, a little under three ounces each.

After shaping them, I let them rest for a few minutes before flattening them slightly, then covering them with a linen cloth for their final rise.

I baked them at 350 degrees for 23 minutes then brushed them with butter right after removing them from the oven.

The end result was a delicious and light tasting bun and this has officially become my new go-to hamburger bun recipe. The kids won't have a clue that there are whole grains included and since I'm all about pulling the wool over their eyes, we're good to go.

Thanks again to Nicole at Pinch My Salt for taking on this endeavor and inviting the rest of us to join her.

Next week is marbled rye. I'm off to find that Seinfeld episode on YouTube!


Michelle said...

Oh MY...Mags! The buns came out perfectly gorgeous!

Amanda said...

Mags these look incredible! Great idea making them into buns!

Frieda said...

What a great idea to make hamburger buns ~ your wheat buns are stunning!

Moogie said...

Perfection. I can smell the wonderful aroma all the way to Georgia.

June said...'ve got GORGEOUS buns and I can't wait to see that marbled rye next week. I make awesome corned beef that really needs marbled rye. Oh yum. Hey, do you do mail order?

stephchows said...

OMG they look perfect!!! I wish I had one for the burger I made the other night!

Mustang Terri said...

Once again, you did a lovely job with the buns. I love the fact that you fool your kids.

Mags said...

Thank you all for your comments! I've never heard so many "nice buns Mags" since... well, since

Too bad the other "buns" don't look so nice.

Rosemary & Garlic said...

What a good idea. I'm waiting for the multigrained loaf myself.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Mmm... Tasty! I love the white whole wheat flour from KAF!

I made my very first loaf of bread this past week... It wasn't anything to write home about, but I'm working up to attempting beautiful bread like this!

oggi said...

I love the burger buns idea and they look beautiful.:)

Cindy said...

Your post made me laugh. You said what I have been thinking for quite a while, "I need more whole grains in my diet. All this white flour is killing me!"

The sandwich buns look beautiful.

misterrios said...

Hey, I too was glad we had something with whole wheat. Though I like the white breads, I wanted to sink my teeth into something heartier. I love reading your posts!

And me too: "Nice Buns, Mags!"