TwD Baking with Julia: Whole Wheat Loaves

September 18, 2012

I ended up taking the entire summer off from the Tuesdays with Dorie group, but when I saw that Michele was hosting this week’s recipe, I knew I better get my Baking with Julia book out and get going.

The weather is finally cooling off, so it was a great time to make some bread. This recipe, from Craig Kominiak, was easy, and I couldn’t believe how quickly it rose. It includes both honey and malt extract, which I believe gives the wheat flour a bit of a boost to help it rise.

Until recently, I only had a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, and would use it for all recipes that needed a loaf pan. I finally wised up and bought an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan, and it was a great purchase. I had a lot of flat, squat loaves before that! I try to be practical, but sometimes you really do need several sizes of one type of pan.

Grilled cheese sandwiches made with this bread were delicious! It was also great toasted for breakfast. As good as this was, I want to make it again and add some Harvest Grains Blend from King Arthur. I like all kinds of seeds and grains in my wheat bread.

Get going and bake some bread! You can find the recipe on page 83 of Baking with Julia. Thank you to this week’s hosts: Michele of Veggie Num Nums and Teresa of The Family That Bakes Together. They will have the recipe posted on their blogs today.


  1. Your loaf looks great. I love the variation with seeds and grains too – to me, that’s the best kind of bread. What a great way to come back to the BWJ series!
    By the way, I didn’t know there was more than one size of loaf pan. I’ll be sure to measure mine the next time I use it.

  2. Your grilled cheese sandwiches are making me wish I still had some of this bread around! Looks great.

  3. Great grilled cheese sandwich! Looks delish.

  4. Hooray for Michele that brought you back!
    What a wonderful idea to make grilled cheese sandwiches! They look delicious.
    This is my favourite recipe from the book so far. Such a versatile bread is a dream!
    We had it toasted and not-toasted with butter and honey or butter and jam,
    we use it for sandwiches or anytime we like to eat bread.

  5. Grilled cheese – you are a woman after my own heart 🙂
    Looks good!

  6. I agree about the pan size. It really does make all the difference. Beautiful bread!

  7. I think my bread pans are too big. You are right to buy a new one, I am going to do the same, thank you! Blessings, Catherine http://www.praycookblog.com

  8. mmm, grilled cheese sandwiches – what a fab idea!

  9. Your bread looks wonderful and I’m craving your grilled cheese sandwiches.

  10. Your grilled cheese sammies look delish!

  11. oh, grilled cheese sounds so good. The bread looks great!

  12. How can you go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich? This bread looks light and yummy!

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