I've tried variations on the theme. Adding rolled oats, using milk instead of water, using oil instead of butter, eggs, no eggs - but nothing seems to work. The most recent attempt included 1 cup milk, 3 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 cups whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons yeast and 1/2 tablespoon vital gluten. On the second rise the loaf looked promising and smelled wonderful. In to the oven it went. About 15 minutes before it was done cooking it fell. The bread is still delicious and great as toast (with a fried egg on top of course).
So, I am on the search for the perfect whole wheat bread recipe. Here are the rules: 1) no white flour, 2) must not fall during baking, and 3) make a mean ham and cheese sandwich. Bonus points if the recipe uses honey instead of sugar and includes nuts or seeds. Anyone out there up for the challenge? Anyone?