Simple bread loaf
I have been trying to make a simple loaf of bread with minimal ingredients and haven't had much success. The ingredients I wish to use are a heritage whole wheat, water, honey, salt and yeast. I have also added sunflower seeds and walnuts. I have used a bread maker to mix and bake the loaf and it has tasted okay but don't really like the crust. I also added the water and flour first and let it sit for 30 minutes after a recommendation of from America's Test kitchen and then added the rest of the ingredients in the bread machine. After the kneading process, I transferred the dough to a bread pan but the dough was very gummy and the bread didn't turn out all that great. Does anyone have any suggestions to make a loaf work with these minimal ingredients? Thank you!