Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Over the past two and a half years, I've been making my family's bread almost exclusively. For big gatherings, I'll still buy sandwich rolls and stuff like that, but for the rest, I make it. I've tried a lot of different wheat breads, trying to find one that everyone likes and I think this is the one. It is soft, it is tasty, and it is hearty. It is a mix of whole wheat and bread flour, so it is not 100% whole wheat, but it is a good compromise for a basic sandwich bread. Also, it calls for honey rather than granulated white sugar, which is a plus. It is a breadmaker recipe, which means I let the bread machine run through the dough cycle and then I form it into a loaf and let it rise in a loaf pan and bake it. (I never cook my bread in the breadmaker, I don't like the shape of the loaf.)

If you're looking for an alternative to white sandwich bread, give this a try...you won't be disappointed.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread
from All Recipes.com

1 1/8 cup warm water
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use Canola oil)
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I used hard winter red)
1 1/2 cup bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Please ingredients in breadmaker in order listed or according to directions for your breadmaker. Select dough cycle and start. When the dough cycle is finished (mine takes 90 minutes), remove dough, punch down, and then shape into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pan and allow to rise again. (Roughly 30 minutes, but it depends on how warm your kitchen is.) Cook at 325 degree for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and remove from loaf pan.

Notes: If you're cooking all the way with your bread machine, use the wheat bread cycle and select light color setting.


Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! I, too, had a favorite honey wheat bread recipe I made all the time back in CO. I haven't made my own bread since moving to NC, but I think after reading all your "baking" posts, I'm beginning to feel motivated! Question: Do you ever use your Kitchen Aid mixer (Minnie, is it?) for the mixing and kneading, since you're not baking it in the bread machine anyway? - Tricia

Erin said...

I find using my breadmaker so easy, that I haven't tried using my stand mixer...

Melissa Henning said...

So I am making this right now, but decided to be a little adventurous and combine recipes. I wanted to make a honey wheat oatmeal bread so I found this recipe http://www.recipezaar.com/Honey-Wheat-Oatmeal-Bread-24978 and kind of combined it with yours (everything like yours except for 1-1/4c water, 1.5 tb honey--all I had and 1c oats). I have no idea what I'm doing so I just hope it turns out well! lol. The other bad thing is that I didn't time things well either so I have to put this in the freezer and bake it tomorrow. My FIL says i can freeze it, and let it thaw and rise tomorrow. I guess I'll find out the hard way if this will work! lol.

thanks again for all of the awesome recipes!