Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Homemade bread

I love homemade bread and I especially love the smell of it while it's baking. Hmmmm, there's nothing better! However, I have always been intimidated by bread making mainly because there are so many steps involved in the process, so I usually don't bother with it, I just like to talk about how much I would like to do it. So, for Valentines Day Travis bought me book to help me overcome my fear and I was eager to try it out. The book has breads from all over the world and can't wait to try each and every one of them. But, I can't get ahead of myself, I have to get good at a basic easy bread recipe first.

Even if you never made any bread, just looking at the awesome pictures in this book is fun.

I made 1 loaf of white bread and 3 loaves of wheat and they all turned out good. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but it did take several hours from start to finish. Katy took a nap while I was doing it and I'm sure that was one of the reasons why.

  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 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

  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 big and bubbly.
  2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Jami said...

Homemade bread proves there is a loving God. For me, at least. I need to get a bread machine cookbook. I'm bored with my two recipes.

Elaine said...

Yum! that looks delicious!

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