The Calm Before the Storm

I hope your Sunday is everything you had planned it to be. This Sunday afternoon we have what I like to call The Calm Before the Storm: when there is eerily no wind at all for an extended period of time, but the skies to the north and west darken in anticipation of the coming storm.


I could not resist the opportunity to go for a run this afternoon due to The Calm Before the Storm and 41 * temps, even though I had intended to take today off since I have run the past three days. I knew I would regret it if I did not take advantage of these rare conditions, so I set out for a 3 mile out-and-back trip to watch the clouds darken to the north and the storm roll in. And now, and hour later, the storm has arrived and the snow is falling.

Yesterday I decided to flip back to an old recipe and make bread for the week. Molasses Wheat Sandwich Bread is from the cookbook A Taste of Dubois. It has been a while since I have made this bread, the last time being while I was still working as a pastry chef two years ago. When I make a sandwich or put an egg on toast, I like a hearty wheat bread, and this fits the bill. It has a distinct flavor from the molasses but is not overly sweet. This recipe makes a wholesome sandwich bread that would also be a good side for soups just plain with a smear of butter. The only suprise was that the slices do not get as large as store-bought sandwich bread, probably only half the size, which is fine by me because it is a filling bread anyway. Just be prepared for smaller sandwiches!


Molasses Wheat Sandwich Bread

Yield: 1 loaf (approximately 17 sandiwch slices)

Bowl #1

  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 T butter
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats

Bowl #2

  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. warm water
  • 1 pkg. yeast (1/4 oz.)
  • 2 T. Molasses
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour + 1 T. for kneading
  • 1 1/2 cup AP Flour + 1 T. for kneading


1. In a mixing bowl combine boiling water, butter, salt, and sugar. Stir in oats and allow to cool for one minute.


2. In another larger mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.


3.  Stir in molasses, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup flour. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add oat mixutre and the remaining 2 1/2 cups flour to make a stiff dough.


4. Transfer dough onto pastry mat or board to knead until smooth and elastic. I added another Tablespoon of both whole wheat and AP flour during this stage to get the dough to the desired consistency.


5. Shape dough into a ball.


6. Place in a greased bowl sprayed with cooking spray, turning once to coat both sides.


7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 1.5 hours (mine rose for 2 hours while I was out doing errands.)


8. Remove from bowl and shape into a log. Fold into thirds.


9. Now fold into half and place into a greased loaf pan.


10. Bake at 375* for 4o minutes until lightly browned. Check at 30 minutes to see if the bread needs to be covered with tin foil for the last 10 minues if it is getting too brown. Loosen and remove from pan and allow to cool. I don’t have a wire rack, so I simply invert my loaf pan and let the bread rest on it.


11. Once bread is completely cooled, slice into individual slices using a bread knife, if desired.



My loaf yielded 17 sandwich slices, which I packaged into ziplock bags to make my own loaf for the week (6 slices per quart-bag, then all bags into a gallon-bag).


Nutrition Data– From Spark Recipe Calculator, per 1/17 slice:

Calories- 106

Fat- 0.75 g

Total Carbohydrate- 23 g

Dietary Fiber- 0.75 g

Protein- 2.3 g



Wheat Hoagie Rolls

I am planning to make an Elk French Dip Sandwich tomorrow with a smoked ham from my elk this year. These hoagie rolls are inexpensive and easy to make, and you can scale the recipe down like I did to make only 6 rolls in the batch. Save leftover rolls for meatball subs, philly sandwiches, or brats.

I used this Hoagie Rolls Recipe from and made some minor changes to it.

*Updated 3/31/13 with pictures.

Small Batch of Wheat Hoagie Rolls

Yield- 9 rolls

  • Half of 1/4 oz. package of yeast
  • 1 c warm water
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 c AP flour + 1 T. for kneading
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and add in sugar. Let is sit 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in oil, salt, and flour. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
  • If your bowl is large enough, add 1 T. flour to dough and knead right in the bowl until dough is smooth and elastic. No need to make more dishes. If this is not possible, knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 2-3 minutes.


  • Pull dough from bowl and spray with cooking spray to coat, put dough back into bowl turning once to coat the top.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down, turn onto lightly floured surface and divide into equal pieces.


  • Shape into ovals.
  • Carefully life with a pastry spatula or regular spatulta and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.
  • With scissors, cut a 1/4-inch slash across top of each roll.
  • Let rise 10 more minutes.
  • Bake at 400 13-16 minutes until golden brown.


  • Remove from pan and cool for a few minutes. Slice with a bread knife. Slicing without a bread knife is not recommended, since these rolls are on the thinner side. These freeze well, I usually leave a few out for the week and freeze the rest.


Per Roll- 128 calories. For full nutrition stats, here’s the link.