Friday, July 26, 2013

The Best Honey Wheat Bread

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Next to pie and popsicles, homemade bread is one of my favorite things to make. From round loaves to sandwich bread loaves, one of the more satisfying things in life is pulling a loaf of bread out of the oven and then cutting into said loaf while it is still warm right after baking.

When it comes to this honey wheat bread, it truly is one of the best breads I've ever tasted. It is super soft and makes a great foundation for a sandwich or as toast with butter and jam. Plus, it makes two loaves so you can enjoy one and then give one away so another person can enjoy this great bread. I hope this bread can brighten your day and someone else's if you ever just knead (see what I did there?) some bread!

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Homemade Wheat Bread
makes 2 loaves

Ingredients
3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup 

Directions
Whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, the whole wheat flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. 
In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water, honey and butter until warm, but not hot (about 130F). Stir into the flour mixture, and then add the egg. 
Add the remaining all-purpose flour (2 1/2-3 cups) and stir until almost combined. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and all the ingredients are well incorporated. 
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Flip so that the dough is greased on top. Cover with plastic and allow to rise 1+ hours, or until doubled in size. 
Once the dough has doubled, pat down and divide in half between two greased bread pans. 
Allow the dough to rise in the pans until it peaks over the top of the pans, about 40 minutes to 1 hour. 
After the dough's second rise, bake in a preheated oven 35-45 minutes, until the top is nicely brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. 

9 comments:

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)July 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    ahhh homemade bread is the best! LOOVE that this is honey wheat!

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  2. I agree with you. I adore making homemade bread.

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  3. kirsten@FarmFreshFeastsJuly 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Elizabeth,
    I just finished reading the Air section of Michael Pollan's Cooked, and it has me fired up to bake my own bread--when it's cooler! Thanks for a delicious-looking recipe, I've got all the ingredients, too!

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  4. I hardly ever make homemade bread, which is totally dumb, because it is vastly superior to store-bought! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

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  5. Ashley @ Wishes and DishesJuly 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Homemade bread scares me a little bit but I really want to try this!!

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  6. indiaandworldcuisine.blogspotJuly 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    liked the clear explanation for this yummy honey bread...makes it comfortable for us to try it out,thanks for sharing :-)

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  7. go for it! bread is so much fun to make and yields such an incredible product!

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  8. oooh, i haven't had a chance to get my hands on that book yet but it sounds truly amazing!

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  9. I love baking bread too, it too a while to get into but now I really enjoy it! this loaf sounds delicious I'm going to have to try it!

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