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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread


Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Winter  is a time when we turn inwards for comfort: A good book and a cup of hot cocoa on a cold and blustery day,  crackling fire in the hearth, curled up on the sofa, cat in lap.

Winter is also a time when we turn to comfort foods. To me, one of the ultimate comfort foods is a good loaf of homemade bread. Heaven to all the senses, it is a pleasure to to work with the dough, feel its texture becoming smooth and pliable, watching it come to life as the yeast works its magic, and the heavenly aroma as it fills the house with its wonderful scent.  And the first bite into a warm loaf brushed with butter and jam-indescribable!

That said, here is my recipe for one of the best whole wheat breads you will ever bake and eat:

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

(Makes 3 Loaves)

3 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
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

Directions

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 raising and bubbly.

2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour.

3. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until barely 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. I use the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for this part.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not over bake. 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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