Sunday, January 6, 2008

Honey Wheat Bread

This is our favorite bread recipe of all time. It is 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat. It is so easy to make and is great for sandwiches, toast, plain with butter, with jam, with honey... you get the idea. Usually we don't get much further than right out of the oven.

Honey Wheat Bread

3 cups whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1 TBS salt
2 TBS yeast
2 1/4 cup very warm water (120* to 130*)
3 cups all purpose flour

Mix whole wheat flour, honey, salt, butter, and yeast in large bowl. Add warm water. Beat until well blended. Stir in all-purpose flour to make dough easy to handle. Knead about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Put in greased bowl and let rise about 1 1/2 hours or until double.
Grease bread pans. divide dough and shape into loaves. Cover and let rise 40 to 50 minutes or until double. Bake at 350* 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans and butter tops. Cool on wire rack.

*** When I make this in my BOSH I put everything in and let it do all the work, I always let it knead the entire 10 minutes. I also like the dough to remain a bit sticky. It makes for lighter loaves.

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