This is an easy everyday bread made with a mix of coarse bulgur, wholewheat and all purpose flours. The bread has a softer, springy texture and a mellow, slightly sweet taste from nutty bulgur and honey. It is excellent for sandwiches, or toast.
Bulgur, a Middle Eastern staple made from precooked wheat berries, has a wonderful nutty flavour and a lighter texture than cracked wheat made from raw wheat berries.
- Place bulgur in a large bowl. Add in the boiling water. Set aside to soak for an hour until tender. Line two loaf pans with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, stir together the flours, wheat germ, and table salt. Crumble the fresh yeast over.
- Stir water, honey, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil into the puffed bulgur. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix at first at slow speed for 4 minutes or until the dough comes together then increase the speed and stir until the dough has become smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
- Turn out the dough and shape into a ball. Grease the mixing bowl with a little bit oil. Return the dough to bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth or plastic wrap, and let dough rise for about an hour or until doubled in size. Punch down, and divide the dough into three portions. Round up each portion of dough. Cover them with a kitchen towel and rest for 10 minutes.
- Deflate the dough ball. Shape two of them into balls and one into a log. Place two dough balls in the larger pan, and the log into the smaller pan, then brush the tops with olive oil and dust with some whole wheat flour. Cover and let rise 1-2 hours until doubled in volume.
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Cut an 1/2 inch deep slash down the length of the loaves. Bake in the center of the hot oven for about 40-50 minutes until nicely brown. Cool in the pans on a rack for 5 minutes. Turn out and cool.