Honey Whole Wheat Bread

I am on the hunt for the perfect Wheat Bread recipe. I was going to use the one in the booklet that came with my mixer but it called for powdered milk and I had none! So I decided to go with the one on the whole wheat flour bag. When I got out my yeast I saw that it was Rapid Rise yeast and I wasn't sure if that would work with the recipe I had. Darn it! Why can't I just find a nice easy recipe somewhe---Hello! There's one on the back of the yeast packet. Alrighty then!!
The Ingredients
8 to 8 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 envelopes RapidRise yeast
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup oil

Combine 3 1/2 cups flour with the yeast packets and salt. Set aside.

Combine the water, milk, honey and oil and heat until very warm (120 - 130 degrees).

Gradually add the warm mixture to the flour mix; beat for 2 minutes to combine. I did have to stop and scrape but it may have been that I was using the dough hook instead of the paddle.

It looked a little like cream of wheat at this stage and I was more than a little nervous! Start adding flour until you reach that dough consistency. Just 1 cup at first and then by large spoonfuls. I ended up adding about 3 more cups total.

Knead on a floured surface, or in your mixer until elastic; about 6 minutes.

I did take it out and knead a little by hand just to check the texture.

Cover with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

Divide dough into halves. Make a 7 inch by 12 inch rectangle out of each half. Roll up from the short side into loaves.

Place dough into greased (I use butter) loaf pans and allow to rise in a draft-free warm spot. I had to set mine in the oven because it's a little cool here today. It took just over an hour for them to double in size.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until done. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks. Now is a great time to taste too!

Oh heaven! May have baked just a tiny bit too long as there is a nice crunchy crust but I don't mind it. Very good and I am proud :)

1 comment:

  1. This is exactly why I want a real mixer! I don't really care about using it for cookies and cakes, but I really do want some homemade bread. I think I know what I'm going ask Santa for this year.....


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