Grant loaves: super-easy to make whole wheat bread with a super-dense texture (almost muffin-like, with a crisp, substantial crust).
No kneading. Minimal time commitment - scratch to bread in 90 minutes.
This is a dense bread that goes well with butter, jam, or a nice cheese. Also great with soups, stews, and the like.
Won't fit in a garden-variety toaster, but toasts up nicely in a toaster oven. Definitely not sandwich bread.
The original recipe appeared in a British cookbook published
in the 1940s, written by
Ms. Doris Grant.
It's exactly the kind of bread recipe I'd be looking for if I were
working shifts at the munitions factory but still expected to
bake fresh bread for the family every day.
The recipe as I remember it, cut down to one loaf instead of the
original batch of three:
- 1⅔ cups warm water (yeast-friendly; ~95-100℉ or ~38℃)
- 1 tsp brown sugar (the darker the better)
- 1 tsp yeast
- 4 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
The temperature of all ingredients is key, so if you should happen
to keep your flour in a coldroom or some such, bring it into the
kitchen and let it warm up a bit.
Grease a loaf pan.
Stir the sugar into the water until dissolved, then add the yeast.
Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl, or if you're like me,
dump them both into a bowl and run a whisk through them a few times
After about ten minutes or so, when the yeast is foamy and happy,
make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast & water in.
Stir with a wooden spoon, working the dry outsides towards the center.
Mix for about a minute. Again, if you bake like I do, you'll get
annoyed with the stirring process after about 30 seconds and
mix in the remaining dry bits with your hands. ^_^;
Form into a loaf and dump it into the greased loaf pan.
Let rise in a warm place for ~30 minutes, until the loaf has
increased in size by about a third.
While the bread is rising, preheat your oven to 400℉.
Bake for 40 minutes. When done, the loaf should have a
substantial crust and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.