Monday, March 2, 2009

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This is my all time favorite Whole Wheat Bread. My mom used to make this for us growing up and I love that the smell of this bread baking can take me back to such a wonderful time. I only hope my kids will have the same memories. This bread makes great toast, sandwiches and is AMAZING hot out of the oven with butter and honey. I love to make a big batch and slice and freeze it. I don't even buy store bought bread anymore, I guess I am spoiled!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread
(2 loaves)

1 1/2 T yeast
2 1/2 C warm water
1/2 C powdered milk
2 T sugar
1 T salt
1/4 C oil
1/2 C honey
2 1/2 C all purpose flour
5 C whole wheat flour
3 T Wheat Gluten (optional)*

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine sugar, oil, salt and honey in a seperate bowl and add to yeast water. Next add powdered milk. Add the all purpose flour and mix until smooth. Slowly add whole wheat flour until blended. Add Wheat gluten with flour. Kneed until smooth. Let rise until double about 1 1/4 hours. Knock down and shape into loaves. Put loaves into greased pans and let rise until double. Bake at 350' for 35 to 40 minutes.

*If you grind your own wheat you don't need the gluten. Also if you use soft white wheat berries and grind it to flour you can use all whole wheat.
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