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I am going to learn, through trial and error and possibly by purchasing a bread machine, to make a perfect loaf of honey whole wheat bread.  It's my sincerest desire in life right now.  Nothing would make me any happier than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on home-made bread with a tall, cold glass of milk.  Seriously, nothing.  

Too often we forget what was wonderful and beautiful about the old way of doing things. Too many skills get lost along the way.  Too long I have just thrown a loaf of 88 cent store brand sandwich bread into my cart at the grocery store and denied myself and my family the pleasure of a home that smells like bread baking and food with actual nutritional value.  Too many hours I have wasted watching television, not being in any way productive.  Really.  I can tell you who got voted off of Launch My Line last night (Patrick) and when the new season of Toddlers in Tiaras starts (next Wednesday).  I can even give you a brief recap of every episode of Wizards of Waverly Place within a minute of it starting and , yet, I've never baked bread.  Crazy!  I'm not saying every woman should bake her family bread.  Not at all.  I'm not even saying that I SHOULD bake bread.  But I GET to stay home.  I don't HAVE to work, ever, unless I chose to.  I have 8 hours a day while my children are in school, and I'm going to bake some perfect bread, darn it.  In my cute little apron.  Possibly wearing my pearls.  (Because that just somehow seems appropriate.)

Last night, Batch #1 succeeded in making my home smell heavenly, but it was too crusty or something.  Far from perfect.  I'll just have to try again.  Any tips or favorite recipes out there, blog friends?


  1. No tips from me, but if anyone can pull this off, you can. Looking forward to copying your every move on this one... it does sound deeelish.

  2. I have found that the EASIEST bread to make in the whole wide world is Jennifer Kvavle's recipe. It's not Honey Whole Wheat - but easy, never fail, no real work bread that smells (and tastes) delish!
    The recipe is in the Stake Cookbook page 241 "Zupfe" - just use warm MILK (not water). I have skipped the braiding part and just popped it into 2 loaf pans - even easier!

    You might try the Honey Wheat Bread recipe from the Stake Cookbook (p 232) If laurie Ball AND Delora Higgins like it - it must be good! Let me know how it goes Betty Crocker!

  3. Yeast scares me.

    Let me know when you're an expert. Then perhaps you could do an online tutorial?

  4. I get intimidated by the yeast part..feed it just enough sugar...don't kill it with heat etc. Scary stuff. Do do enjoy the outcome though.

  5. Ummmm, not to brag or anything--but I have the best recipe for honey whole wheat ever. (And really, I'm not bragging b/c I got it from someone else. I just follow the recipe and viola-perfection in a pan.) FYI, this recipe is completely whole wheat and still turns out light-it's amazing. I'll email it to you.

    p.s. Do you have a mixer?

  6. Yes, I have a mixer! I am so excited to try your recipe!!! Thank you!


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