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How to bake whole-wheat bread

Want to try your hand at baking bread? Use these easy step-by-step instructions for making the perfect loaf

First rise
Photo by Thomas J. Story

First rise

Transfer dough to a 2-qt. glass measure, if you have one, or put in a medium bowl. Cover bowl and let dough rise at room temperature until it’s 1 1/2 times its original size, 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours; when touched gently, it should spring back slowly.

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