This simple bread boasts few ingredients and is great for the beginning breadmaker, as the steps are very basic and the bread very tasty.
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp oil
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cultured buttermilk, brought to room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine yeast, flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, whisking together to incorporate.
- In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients until well blended.
- Make a well in the flour mixture in the large bowl and pour in the wet ingredients. Slowly begin to incorporate with a wooden spoon, turning the bowl and mixing as you go.
- Once the mixture forms a dough, turn it out onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Add more buttermilk if too dry, more flour if too wet.
- Grease a bowl and put the dough in. Turn the dough over in the bowl once to evenly coat. Cover and set in a warm place to rise until doubled.
- Turn the dough out and knead it a few times before shaping it into a large loaf and placing it in a greased loaf pan.
- Bake in a 350°F oven for 25 minutes or until the center of the bread measures 190°F. Brush the top of the bread down with melted butter.
- Turn out onto a wire rack to cool before serving.