11 February 2009

Tasty Honey Wheat

And that's putting it mildly...

Now, I know that there are some out there who are still making bread. Maybe not Fiona, because she's so incredibly busy, but I wouldn't put it past her with all the talent that she has... this may just be one of her hidden ones.

Anyway... I got a wonderful bread recipe from my sister, and then played with it because I found that I didn't have some of the ingredients that her recipe required. The end result was a divine Honey Wheat Bread that you can actually taste the honey in!

It's really simple and makes wonderful sandwich bread.

My Sister's Wheat Bread - Modified

2 T dry yeast
2 c. warm water (warm being if you run it over your forearm it's not hot and it's not cold...)
3/4 c. honey
1/3 c. melted butter
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. whole wheat flour (no, I did NOT grind this myself...)
3-4 c. bread flour

Dissolve the yeast in the water (I sometimes add 1 T. sugar) and let it sit for 5 minutes. Add the honey, butter and salt and blend well. Stir in the Whole Wheat Flour. Add the Bread flour one cup at a time until you have a stiff dough (I did this by hand, and used all 4 cups of flour). Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead the dough for 10 minutes, adding in flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to anything. (I added up to 1 additional cup of flour). If you are fortunate enough to have a Bosch food mixer, just add all the bread flour at once and let your mixer do the kneading for 8 minutes or so. ( I tried this with my Kitchenaid, but it made it really hot, and I had to stand there to keep it from bouncing off the counter. I'd rather knead by hand.)

Place in a greased bowl and turn to grease the top. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled (anywhere from 1/2 to 1.5 hours, depending on the warm spot). You can tell if it's all ready to mold into bread if you place your two first fingers in the dough and it leaves an indentation.

Mold into two loves, place in loaf pans, cover and let rise again. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes. Bread should sound hollow when tapped.

Give it a try! I dare you.


Fiona said...

Actually I do make bread. Only the wheat bread because bread machines don't make the wheat bread right. I once said that if there were only 2 professions left in this world (farmer and baker), I would be in big trouble. Chad loves wheat bread and I dragged my 2 kids with me one night to learn how to make wheat bread at a church activity. It turned out good and everyone tried it like it.


Sloopy said...

Fiona... that doesn't surprise me in the least little bit. With all the talent you have, I'm NOT surprised to find yet another one...