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Monday, July 12, 2010

lovin' my loaves.

my first attempt at baking bread - on saturday night - was a big failure.  i'm pretty sure i killed the yeast because the buttermilk i was using was too hot {totally my fault because i forgot i had it one the stove...d'oh!}.

i tried again on sunday afternoon.  this time, i used a different recipe.  and, this time, the outcome was totally different.  and, if my bread baking experiences continue to go this well, then we plan on never buying another loaf of bread from the store ever again. 

{the dough...after rising for an hour...success!}

{yeah, none of my loaf pans match}

voila...three loaves of honey wheat bread.  three.  the house smelled wonderful as the bread was baking.  i was just thrilled that the dough was cooperated & rose not just once, but twice as the recipe stated.  i was also thrilled that i did this.  by myself.  without the help of a bread maker {although i am inheriting my father's old bread maker and i cannot wait to use it}. 

want to make some honey wheat?  here's the recipe...

simple whole wheat bread from

3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45
degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.

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Blogger Susannah said...

Dang! I am super imprssed! You could save a**loads of money making your own bread-and it's healthy! Way to go! I think I may attempt this too, and I've NEVER done anything with yeast. Yikes...........

Jul 12, 2010, 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I bet your house smells amazing!

Jul 12, 2010, 3:53:00 PM  
Blogger Brittany Ann said...

I'll admit...I'm a good cook and a brave cook, but the one thing I'm scared to try? Bread. I don't ever know how to make good bread! I wish I could!

Jul 12, 2010, 4:19:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum & Baby said...

These look SO SO SO good!! I'm sure they tasted delicious too! You are such a fabulous cook!!

Jul 12, 2010, 5:33:00 PM  
Blogger Classy Fab Sarah said...

OK, I have got to make this RIGHT NOW. Gah I love me some fresh bread!!

Jul 12, 2010, 6:41:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

I can only imagine how wonderful your house smelled. Those loaves look delicious!

Jul 12, 2010, 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

It looks AMAZING! My hubby is the cook in our fam, and he just made bread a few weeks ago too!

Jul 13, 2010, 2:19:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen @ said...

oh good job!! I am very impressed with this!

p.s. don't you hate it when you mis-type the word verification... I am on attempt number 4...

Jul 13, 2010, 2:53:00 PM  

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