My 3 Monsters: Bread Recipe

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1.18.2010

Bread Recipe

This is the perfect recipe, including tips, from my friend, Sarah.  I only have two bread pans so I cut the recipe in half. It made two huge loaves, but they're all gone now.  That's how good it really is.  (Even the dog loved it.  She stole half a loaf off the kitchen counter and gobbled it up. She's naughty.)  Now, from Sarah:

A few tips that helped me--(1) Use white wheat flour for a lighter, airier texture. Hard red wheat works fine, too, but it's a little denser and has a nuttier flavor. (2) This recipe (kneading time, etc) is written for a mixer and I'm not sure how to translate it to pure manpower. (3) You can buy wheat gluten and dough enhancer at the grocery store in the baking goods. They come in decent sized cans, good for probably 5 or 6 batches of bread.(These are what make it have a light, airy texture even though you are using 100% whole wheat flour.) Here goes:

Basic Honey Whole Wheat Bread

9-13 c. whole wheat flour, divided
3 Tbsp. yeast
¾ c. wheat gluten
6 cups hot water
½ c. olive oil
1 c. honey
3 Tbsp. dough enhancer
1 ½ Tbsp. salt

Place 9 cups of whole wheat flour, yeast and wheat gluten in mixer. Mix for 1 minute. Add hot water and mix for 1 minute. Cover and let dough rise for 10 minutes, or until pretty close to the top.

Add olive oil (canola can be used), honey, salt, and dough enhancer. Turn on mixer and add 1-3 more cups of flour, once cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the side and is not super sticky. (Better to add too little flour than too much.)

Knead dough in mixer for 7-10 minutes. Preheat oven to 170º and grease pans. Lightly oil your hands and divide dough into 4-6 portions. Form into loaves and place in greased pans. Put into warm oven for 25 minutes to rise.

Then, without even touching the pans, turn the oven up to 350º and bake for 20-25 minutes (to internal temperature b/t 180º-195º). Place on wire rack to cool. I like to swipe butter over the top of the loaf when it's still hot. Yummmmmm. Everyone has their favorite recipes and this one is mine. It's easy (well . . . if you have a mixer) and delish and my kids love it and it's 100% whole wheat. Hard to beat that. Good luck!

2 comments:

  1. I can't believe that the sweet little Cassybug would do such a thing! I think Brent ate it and didn't want anyone to know so he blamed it on the dog...
    :)
    I will have to give this delicious recipe a go (after I locate the special ingredient).

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh and I wanted to mention that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! the header on your blog ---- Soooo Stinkin' Cute!

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