Soft Honey Wholemeal Bread
3 1/3 Cups (430g) Lighthouse Wholemeal Bread, Pizza & Tortilla Plain flour
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 1/2 Tbsp (50g) Canola oil
2 1/2 Tbsp (50g) Honey
1 Sachet Lighthouse Yeast + Bread Improver
1 Cup (260ml) Water, Lukewarm
In a large bowl, place flour, salt, oil, honey and yeast and stir briefly until combined. Add lukewarm water into the bowl and stir until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl.
Transfer the dough onto a floured warm bench or wooden board, avoiding cold surfaces. Dough would be sticky and soft but firm enough for kneading. With lightly dusted or greased hands, knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. If necessary, adjust with additional water or flour.
Transfer dough into a lightly greased large bowl and cover with a clean damp tea towel or cling wrap. Place the bowl in a warm dry place, and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size. The first rise would take between 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the warmth of the kitchen.
After it’s first rise, transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead for another 1-2 minutes. Thereafter, shape the dough into an 8" / 20cm Log. Place the bread loaf into a lined 20cm loaf tin or bake free form on a baking tray.
Cover the bread dough with a clean damp tea towel and leave to rise for another 45 to 60 minutes.
Towards the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 190°C Conventional / 170°C Fan-forced. Bake the bread in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the crust of the bread is sufficiently brown.
Remove the bread from the oven and from the bread tin or tray immediately.
Leave the bread to cool completely for about 60 minutes before slicing. Store bread in a plastic bag at room temperature, if desired.
*Tips from Lighthouse:
Our Special Lighthouse Yeast + Bread Improver sachets are individually sealed for your convenience as well as ensuring it’s freshness. As it is a dry active yeast, it does not need to be activated prior to using, simply add the yeast onto the dry ingredients and add lukewarm water.
The temperature of the water to be used in bread making is essential, it needs to be warm and not “scalding hot”- as this would then kill the yeast microbes.
You may also knead this bread dough in an electric standing mixer, on medium speed with a dough hook attachment for 8-10 minutes or in a bread machine programmed for “dough only”.
To prevent over-browning on the crust of the bread, tent the loaf with aluminum foil after 20 minutes in the oven.
Rub the crust of the bread with some butter to yield a soft and flavorful crust.