Every Wednesday (ok, most Wednesdays!) I share a baking recipe. And lots of pictures of said baking recipe. I don’t call this Wednesday Baking because I bake solely on Wednesdays…no, my oven gets a workout much more frequently than once a week! Wednesday just happens to be the day I share baking recipes with you. All the past baking posts are archived in the Wednesday Baking category, which can also be found in a tab underneath my blog header.
Today’s baking recipe is kind of novel and fun. The loaves it produces look ordinary on the outside:
But the inside is kind of out of the ordinary.
You may not want to make this your everyday bread, but it’s awfully fun to give away or to serve on a special occasion.
I discovered this Better Homes and Gardens recipe back in my early days of yeast baking as a teen, and since it requires two types of bread dough, my sister and I used to team up and make it together (one of us would knead the white dough and one would knead the wheat dough). I haven’t made it as often since I left home, but it occurred to me recently that if I taught Joshua or Lisey to knead bread dough, I could have a stand-in for my sister. Must get on that.
Making two separate doughs isn’t quite as labor-intensive as you might imagine because both doughs start out with the same base. And if you’ve got a stand mixer, you can save time and effort by letting the mixer knead one type of dough while you knead the other by hand.
This dough starts out with yeast and flour, like usual.
and with warm liquid ingredients, like usual.
The two are combined, like usual, and the result is a pretty soupy mixture that’s more like batter. At this point, you’ll need to divide the batter in half. The batter is about 5 cups, so you should put about 2.5 cups into a separate bowl.
Fortunately for me, I have 2 Kitchen-Aid bowls, and that comes in handy at times like these!
To make the whole wheat dough, add molasses to one of the bowls,
Place the dough into the bowl, cover with a wet tea towel, and let it rise.
To make the white dough, simply add enough flour to make a soft dough, turn it out onto a floured surface, and knead it until it’s smooth and elastic.
Cover both bowls with a wet tea towel and let them rise for an hour, or until they’re doubled in size. Once they’re risen, punch the doughs down and divide each in half. Roll out a whole wheat portion to a 12×8 inch rectangle, and do the same with a white portion.
You can place the whole wheat dough on top or the white dough on top…it’s up to you. My personal preference is to put the whole wheat on the bottom, but I usually make one loaf each way!
Roll the doughs up together, starting from the short side.
Place the loaf, seam side down, in a greased loaf pan. You can use a 9×5 or and 8×4 pan…the loaf will just be shaped a little differently based on the pan size you use. I did one of each so you could see the difference.
Cover the loaves and let them rise for about 30-45 minutes, or until they’re doubled in size. Here’s the 9×5 before rising:
and after rising:
Bake the loaves in a preheated 350° F oven for 30-35 minutes. This bread is a little bit denser than your typical loaf, so don’t be tempted to take these out too soon or the insides will be doughy (dense bread takes longer to bake than light bread does).
As you can see, the loaf pan size makes a pretty big different in the way the loaves look. The small pan produces a much taller loaf than the large pan does.
For further comparison, here’s what the insides of each loaf look like. The loaf on the left was made by placing the white dough on top of the whole wheat dough and the loaf on the right was made the opposite way.
So, there you have it. Go find a kneading buddy, or employ your stand mixer, and make yourself some fancy bread.
Two-Tone Bread-makes 2 loaves
Rrintable Two-Tone Bread Recipe
5-6 cups all purpose or bread flour
4-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening (I used butter)
3 tablespoons dark molasses
2 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
In a large mixer bowl, combine 3 cups of the all-purpose flour and the yeast. Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt to 115-120° F. Add warm liquids to dry ingredients and beat for 3 minutes.
Divide batter in half (2.5 cups in each bowl). To one half, stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to make a soft dough, turn dough out onto floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic.
To the other half, add molasses and enough whole wheat flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic.
Place both doughs into separate bowls, cover with a wet tea towel, and let rise for 1 hour.
Punch doughs down and divide each in half. Roll one light half and one dark half, each to a 12×8 inch rectangle. Place the dark dough atop the light dough (or vice versa) and roll up, starting from the short end.
Place the loaf, seam side down, into a greased 4×6 or 5×9 inch loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough.
Cover loaves with a wet tea towel and let rise 30-45 minutes, or until doubled. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 30-35 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then remove loaves to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
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