1 Prepare the pan(s): Generously spray a 9-inch loaf pan (or two eight by three three/Four-inch loaf pans—disposable aluminum pans are the right dimension) with non-stick spray.
2 Mix and knead the dough by hand: In a big bowl, stir the nice and cozy water, milk, molasses and yeast collectively and let stand till the combination begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Add the wheat bran, salt, butter and a couple of cups of the flour. Beat vigorously with a wood spoon in the identical path for 1 minute.
Add sufficient of the remaining flour, half cup at a time, till the dough is troublesome to stir with a wood spoon and pulls away from the aspect of the bowl.
Using one hand to carry the bowl, use your different hand to knead the dough within the bowl for a minute or two. The dough will keep on with your palms however ought to draw back from the aspect of the bowl after a few minute. If obligatory, add extra flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. While the dough will likely be damp, it shouldn’t really feel muddy.
Alternatively, combine with a stand mixer on medium velocity with the paddle attachment, beating for about 1 minute till the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl.
three Shape the loaf: On a calmly floured work floor, pat the dough into an oval form roughly 9 inches lengthy with the lengthy aspect of the oval parallel to the sting of the work floor. Starting with the lengthy aspect closest to you, roll the dough into a decent cylinder. Pinch the seam closed.
Flip the loaf over, so it is seam-side down. Tuck the ends beneath so the loaf is uniform and even. Place the dough within the pan with the seam aspect down.
(To make 2 small loaves, divide the dough in half and form as above, making the oval 7 inches lengthy.)
Four Let the dough rise: Drizzle the vegetable oil on high of the dough and easy it over the dough as you pat it into the corners of the pan. Sprinkle with further bran, should you like. Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 to 1 half hours, or till the dough rises about 1 inch above the highest of the pan,
5 Heat the oven: About 20 minutes earlier than the loaf is able to be baked, place a rack within the decrease third of the oven and preheat it to 400°F.
6 Bake the loaf: Place the loaf within the oven and instantly scale back the warmth to 375°F. Bake for 35 minutes for a big loaf, or 25 to 30 minutes for two small loaves, or till the loaf sounds hole when tapped on the underside.
7 Harden the crust: Remove the bread from the oven and instantly flip it out of the pan. Place it straight on the oven rack and proceed to bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or till the crust browns.
eight Cool the loaf: Remove and set on a wire rack to chill. When completely cool, retailer the loaves in plastic luggage.
The bread is finest eaten on the day it’s made, however after a day or two it’s nonetheless good toasted for breakfast or tea. Well-wrapped in plastic after which foil, the bread could also be saved within the freezer for as much as a month.