My dad travels around quite a bit. One of the things that he collects during his travels is new recipes. This Tasty Tuesday treat is one from his collection. He got it when he was in Montana from a lady named Linda, who got it from someone on the internet, that made a copycat recipe of an actual bread that's available for purchase called Dave's Killer Bread 100% Whole Wheat. It's delicious and well worth the hassle it took to locate and purchase vital wheat gluten.
So, here's the recipe as I received and made it:
Dave's Killer Whole Wheat Bread
3 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 Tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 1/4 cups warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. canola oil
Proof yeast in some of the water. Mix well with all above ingredients. Beat 5 minutes. Cover and set aside for one hour.
Add 1/4 cup gluten (VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN, This is flour with the starch and bran removed.), 2 tsp. salt and enough whole wheat flour to make a sticky, smooth dough. If dough seems too dry, add a little water. Beat 10 minutes. Divide into two pieces. Cover with damp towel, rest 15 minutes. Form two loaves. Let rise about an hour in greased pans. Bake at 350 degrees 30-40 minutes or until well-browned and done.
Here are my notes: I did use sugar instead of honey, though I think honey would be awesome. It takes about another 3 cups of whole wheat flour after the sponge rests. I made one in a loaf pan and one free form on a baking sheet, both were excellent. Makes excellent sandwiches and toast.