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Farmhouse Wheat Bread

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2


This bread is a rustic blend of flours, grains, dairy, potatoes, honey and molasses. This recipe is written for use with a stand mixer and microwave, but a stove and hand kneading will work just fine too.


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the whole wheat flour, oats, wheat germ, yeast and salt. Whisk until combined.
  2. In a medium sized microwaveable bowl, combine the water, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, butter, milk, honey, and molasses. Microwave to 120 – 130 degrees (about 2 minutes). Whisk the hot liquid together.
  3. With the dough hook attached and the mixer on low speed, gently pour the liquid mix into the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, one at a time. Up the speed to medium-low and set a timer for 10 minutes.
  4. Slowly add three cups of all-purpose white flour one cup at a time. Stop the mixer and push the dough from the dough hook down into the bowl. Use a spatula to scrape and loosen the dough from the sides of the bowl. Begin kneading again with the dough hook on medium speed. Add white flour one tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a ball. When you have reached kneading for 10 minutes and the dough has not formed a cohesive ball around the hook, add in two more tablespoons of flour and knead for an additional 30 seconds or until a cohesive ball of dough forms. Turn off the machine.
  5. Sprinkle flour onto your work surface and empty the dough onto it. Hand knead for about 15 seconds to form a nice round ball. Place in a large oiled bowl and flip the dough over so it’s oiled on top. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm oven to rise for about an hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
  6. Punch down dough. Empty onto a clean surface and divide the dough evenly in half. Gently form each dough piece into a round ball. Place each on a separate cookie sheet coated with non-stick spray. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes in a warm place.
  7. Move oven racks to upper middle and lower middle position. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake bread for 30 to 40 minutes, rotating from top to bottom once halfway through. Bread is done when a thermometer inserted into the center reaches 180 degrees. If the crust is browning too deeply before the bread is done, cover with aluminum foil. When bread is done, remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Cuisine: American