Thursday, September 16, 2010

easiest, yummiest, homemade wheat bread

I set out this weekend to make bread for the first time without my breadmaker. After finding this simple Honey Wheat Bread recipe, I gave it a try and couldn't believe how easy it was. The recipe made two loaves and was so easy and so delicious! Even my kids went crazy for it. 

The recipe is from the site but it was pretty vague. I made a couple of adjustments based on comments people had left on the site. So here is how I made the bread. Enjoy!

Honey Wheat Bread (adapted from this recipe)
Ingredients 2 1/2 cups warm water
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
4 cups all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Combine all ingredients including rest of water in Kitchenaid mixer bowl, knead for about seven minutes with bread hook or until dough is no longer wet but smooth. Remove mixer bowl from stand and place a dish towl or saran wrap over bowl. Let bread rise until doubled in size, punch down for about a minute on a floured surface and divide in half and shape into two loaves. Place each loaf in a greased (I used sunflower cooking spray) and floured 9 x 5 loaf pan. Let bread double in size again. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush top of loaves with an egg wash (whisk an egg with water). Sprinkle with extra rolled oats. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crusty and brown on top.

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