Need Help with this recipe...please.
I've been making all of my family's bread for years and I'm still a rank amateur. I started with Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes then moved on to Floyd's Honey Whole Wheat bread and now am using a mix of recipes. Bottom line is...my bread just isn't rising that much. I end up with a very tasty but very dense loaf and I'm not sure where I'm going wrong. I am trying to make a very high protein bread using heirloom wheat.
3 cups whole wheat (fresh milled eikhorn) flour - I used to use Turkey Red but they won't sell the berries and I like to grind my own
2.5 c water
1.5 c hemp seed
5 TBSP chia seed
Combine in mixing bowl and cover with damp towel for at least an hour then add in the rest below
3 TBSP melted butter
1/4 c honey
1 TBSP salt
1TBSP yeast in 1/4 c warm water with a dash of honey - once it has bloomed up to the top of the cup it is ready to be added
2 cups chopped walnuts
4-6 cups of whole wheat flour until dough isn't crazy sticky (I used to use weights but the recipe I found didn't and I just got away from it so now it's mostly just a "feel")
I use my DLX Electolux assistent to knead it for 5-10 minutes
form into a ball and place in a warmed clay bowl greased with coconut oil and covered with clingwrap until it rises ~ 2x initial size
Then turn out dough and cut dough in half and knead it once on each side to form into a loaf
Put into 2 greased loaf pans and cover with clingwrap. Wait 1-2 hours - it rises some but not a whole lot.
Poke holes in loaves with toothpick and put in 360 oven for 30 minutes
Any advice will be appreciated. I make this recipe every week to every other week so can fiddle with it over time.