I had my doubts when I tried this recipe. I have always been told NOT to put hot water with yeast because it will kill it. You can see by the picture below that it worked just fine. I don't really know why, but it did. I didn't add as much flour as the recipe called for, and I think I may have added just a little bit too much. I used fresh ground wheat and that also makes a difference when you make things out of whole wheat. Ignore the fact that I didn't cut the bread very evenly!