Honey Whole Wheat Bread

My house smells so good.  I just baked three loaves of bread.  It is a new recipe that I've been wanting to try for a few weeks.  The bread was easy to make (especially if you don't grind your own wheat).  And delicious!  I like my bread warm from the oven with butter and honey.  My husband likes it with butter and strawberry jam.   Nothing says, "welcome home" than home made bread.  When I was in elementary school my mom would take piping hot bread out of the oven right before I walked in the door.  It brings back the best memories.  I seriously think that is what the angels serve in heaven.  Here is the recipe.  Try it.  Today.  Right now.

Bread in the pan before the rise. 
When I need bread dough to rise I always use a grocery bag to cover my loaves.  They rise beautifully.  Just take a bag and cut it open and place over the pan.  I always get great results.
A warm slice of bread right out of the oven with butter and honey...my favorite way to eat bread. 

100% Whole Wheat Bread  
by Carolyn Pearson

I combine the following ingredients in my Bosch:  You can use your Kitchen aid with the dough hook too. 

3/4 c. honey                                                                                                                                
1/2 c. oil
3 T butter, melted (I use salted)
1 T salt
2 T dough enhancer (optional) *
2 T wheat gluten *
4 c. very warm water
5 c. freshly ground wheat flour (King Arthur wheat flour is good too)

Mix all ingredients on low for about a minute.
Add 2 T active dry yeast

After 15 mins, remove covering and turn mixer on low speed. Begin adding flour 1/2 c. at a time. When the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the mixer (around the 10th or 11th cup, which includes the 5 you added at the very beginning) turn off mixer and do the "floured finger test."

TIP  floured finger test: dip your finger in flour and poke the dough. if finger comes out clean, you're done adding flour.  If dough still sticks to your floured finger, continue adding flour 1/4 c. at a time until the test comes out clean.  I love this test because it really works!  The dough will be much stickier than you would think but it makes a fantastic crumb.

Once you've determined that you've added enough flour, turn your mixer on to medium speed and let knead for 6 minutes.

Turn off mixer and the dough should "move."

Grease your hands with cooking spray or oil as dough will be sticky.  Divide dough into 4 parts.  Work out any air bubbles that may have formed.  Form loaves and place into greased bread pans.

Let rise about 30 minutes, until doubled

Bake at 350 for 26-28 minutes
.  Pull from oven and immediately brush butter on the tops.  Then remove bread from pans and set on cooling rack.  Cut yourself a thick slice and slather it with butter and honey.  Take a bite....ahhhhh. 

This cinnamon honey butter would be good too!

*you can buy these items in small quantities at Winco or Kroger.




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