I've decided that maybe using whole grains is overrated.
3 tsp yeast
7 oz hot water
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
3+ c white flour
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Mix together everything but the flour and stir. Add 1 cup of flour, mix well. Add flour roughly 1/2 c at a time, kneading as you go, until the dough is no longer sticky. Cover and let rise for an hour or so, then divide into 2 loaves. I ended up adding more flour after the first rising because the dough was super sticky again. I let the loaves rise for about another hour, then baked them at 425 for 20 min.
pre-bake beautiful white loaves
I just ate half a loaf of bread...it was so good!