While super easy, it is time consuming and takes a bit of upper body strength. Kneading dough is a work out, but its one that pays off! The secret for fluffy bread is kneading the dough multiple times.
What you'll Knead:
- 8 cups bread flour
- 8 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 tlbs + 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbls + 1 teaspoon salt
- 3cups (warm) + 6.5 cups (water room temp)
- Olive oil
What to do:
1. In a big, deep bowl add 3cups warm water, yeast and sugar and mix together.
2. Leave for 10 mins and let the yeast ''activate.''
3. Add wheat and white flour and salt to bowl.
4. Mix together to incorporate the salt into the dough.
5. Slowly add water to dough as kneading
6. Knead your heart out. Possibly for 10-15 mins to build the gluten. When the dough forms a ball, sticks together, and the edges of the bowl are ''clean'' you know you are done.
7. the final product will look like this. Cover with a towel and let rest for 20 mins
8. The dough will have risen. Punch down and knead again for an addition 5-8mins. Cover again and let rest for 30mins.
Side note: The dough will rise and expand to a very large size--dont worry that is normal. Make sure you use a big enough bowl.
9. Clean your counter top very well. Cover in a layer of olive oil for the bread to rest on.
10. Pre-heat oven to 550 degrees or the highest temperature allowed.
11. Pinch dough into balls and let rest on counter top.
12. Here is a video so you can see exactly how I do it.
13. Make sure to pat the top of each dough mounds with olive oil. It keeps it moist and adds flavor. Leave mounds for 15mins to rest.
15. Place on stone and in a fanning motion spread dough to make a circle.
16. Poke with a fork 4-5 times to create air vents.
17. This is the ideal look of a loaf before it is baked
18. Allow to bake for 6-10mins till the edges begin to brown
Move to top rack to continue baking and so you can begin the next loaf.
19. Repeat steps 14-17 for the new loaf.
20. This is where it gets a bit tricky. You need to keep an eye out for the new loaf as well as the previous loaf on the top rack, it will begin to brown.
21. Allow roughly 10 mins for the top rack loaf to brown. Remember to turn it so it browns all over. When ready remove from oven, brush with a bit of water and cover it in cloth. I use a table cloth. I fold it in half and put the loafs of bread in the middle, sandwiched.
22. Continue steps 15 thru 22 for the remainder of the loafs till you've completed them.