January 21, 2012

Walnut Wheat Bread

This is a rich bread that feels extra rich with the plethora of walnuts. It's delicious toasted and made into grilled cheese.

Walnut Wheat Bread
2 tsp. yeast
3 large eggs plus water to equal 1 1/3 cups
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Warm the eggs using hot tap water prior to cracking. Heat the water to warm, between 105ºF and 115ºF. Combine yeast, eggs and water in a warmed mixing bowl, and let stand 5 minutes.

Add butter, salt, sugar, dry milk, wheat flour and half the bread flour. Mix well. Cover, and let stand 15 minutes. Add remaining bread flour, and knead until a soft smooth dough forms. Knead in walnuts. Cover, and let stand 1 hour, until doubled.

Grease 9 x 5 loaf pan. Punch dough down, and shape into an oblong loaf. Place seam side down in the prepared pan. Cover, and let rise until doubled, about 45 to 60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350º. Brush or spray the top of the loaf with water. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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