Thursday, May 29, 2014

How To Bake Perfect Honey Wheat Bread

I can't deny it, I LOVE baking bread. There's just something so wonderfully womanly about it all. The flour on my hands, my skin touching the dough as it's kneaded, that's where I find my pleasure, and the odor that infuses itself into this house of ours as it's baking, that's my sensory moment. I want to share with you my favorite loaf bread recipe today. Years back, I tried bread baking and failed miserably. Not sure why, but it just didn't meet my expectations so I gave up baking loaves of bread. Big mistake. I decided that bread baking must be for the elite bakers with real skill and my meager cooking skills just weren't good enough. I think I actually developed a phobia where bread was concerned and I missed out on years of bread joy. Instead, I should have just kept trying different recipes and honed my baking skills. Silly me. This wonderful, truly simple recipe, comes from another blogger that I follow with great earnest. She bakes ALOT. This recipe turns out picture perfect every time. It matches the picture I always had in my head during my bread-less years. My loaves just couldn't achieve this greatness so I gave up. So sad. Follow this link over to Edie's Honey Wheat Bread recipe to see her original post.

 I've listed the recipe below also, so for goodness sakes, don't give up on bread baking if you've hit a bump in your baking. I beg you to give this recipe a try and see for yourself what an amazing experience bread baking can be.

Honey Wheat Bread

2 cups warm water

1/3 cup of honey

1/3 cup oil {I use olive}

1 Tbsp. yeast

1 tsp. salt

2 cups whole wheat flour
5 cups all purpose flour 
{I use the same flour for all 7 cups, Organic Whole Wheat Bread Flour}

Pour 2 cups of warm water into your mixing bowl.  Add the oil,  then the honey.  Start your mixer on low.  Then add yeast, salt and 2 cups of whole wheat flour.  When those are incorporated, start adding the all purpose flour until  the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is no longer sticky to the touch.  It usually takes about 5 cups.  When the dough is no longer sticky, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and cover. Place in a warm, draft less place {I use my oven slightly warmed}. Allow to double, about 45 minutes. Once doubled, divide  into 2 loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Cover and allow to rise again, about 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 375* and bake for 25-30 minutes. Then remove to cool and behold their greatness!

And when you're ready to slice that loaf, check out my product review on my favorite knife that won't smush your labour of love while it's being sliced. Have a beauty filled day wherever this post finds you and my heartfelt thanks to Edie for sharing this recipe in the first place!

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  1. I LOVE breads too and I'm actually making some Hawaiian sweet rolls right now. This recipe looks wonderful and the bread looks super fluffy. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday Linky Party.

    1. Thank you! Those sweet rolls sound delicious!

  2. This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. I'll be Featuring you this week! I visited your FB page and am a new follower there now. Theresa @DearCreatives Hope to see you tomorrow and don't forget to grab your featured button!

    1. Thank you Theresa and what an honor!! Thank you so much for your feature! I'll head over tonight and grab a button. Thank you again!

  3. Looks like a great recipe! Bread is the ONLY thing that I can bake. (I have actually burned a cake AFTER I took it out of the oven. True story.) I will give this one a try...So glad to see that you are featured on "Dear Creatives". Well deserved honor!

  4. I KNOW you can bake bread! You taught me how to make biscuits when I was just a little girl at grannie's house! Such a sweet memory of you!

  5. Your bread-baking story sounds like mine. I'm in the "given up" stage, but I guess I need to try again! Thanks for sharing a great recipe and encouragement to keep trying. Pinning it now. (Stopping by from the Motivation Monday Link up.)

  6. Yes, Aubrey, I beg of you not to give up!! I promise it's so worth all the trials. Once you get it just right, mercy it's good! Thanks for stopping by!


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