I confess, I cheat when I bake bread. I let my bread machine do the mixing and kneading. After some trial and error I came up with the following recipe for 100% whole wheat bread. Sun Oven bread is delicious and it makes your yard smell like a bakery.

100% Whole Wheat Bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups water

2 tablespoons honey

3 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons dry milk

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoon vital wheat gluten

1 packet Hodgson Mill active dry yeast for whole grain

Set Sun Oven out to preheat

Put the ingredients in the bread machine following the manufacturer’s instructions. Set on dough cycle. When the cycle is complete, remove the dough from the machine, form into a loaf and place in a loaf pan. Cover the pan with a dish towel and let it rise in a warm spot for approx. 1 hour. Place in the preheated Sun Oven and bake for approx. 1 hour or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Baking in the Sun Oven is pretty much like baking in a conventional oven. If the Sun Oven is not reaching the temperature called for in your recipe simply increase the cooking time. You’ll be able to tell when your goodies are ready the same way you always would – appearance, toothpick test, etc. – and in the hotter months your house will stay cool.

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