Before I got married, I imagined that I would always make homemade bread. I then decided that I would wait until I bought my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. Stephen gifted me my stand mixer in September, and I just recently followed through and gave it a shot. I try to make things from scratch as much as possible, and I’m glad I can add this to the list! I love that it’s made from 100% whole wheat flour (most bread you buy in stores is made with both all-purpose and wheat flour, but still label themselves as “wheat bread”). I also love that homemade bread has no preservatives and is low in sodium, something that store-bought bread has tons of! Lastly, it’s economical and tastes much better than store-bought. 🙂
I received this recipe from a friend at church. I’m not sure where the recipe originated from, but I love it.
Whole Wheat Bread:
Makes 1 one-pound loaf
1¼ cup hot water (hottest tap water)
3 tablespoon oil
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon gluten
1½ cup whole wheat flour + 1 1/4-1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon yeast
Blend together, scrape sides down and let sponge for 8-10 minutes. (Sponge=cover and let rest)
Cover mixer with dish towel.
Add in an additional 1¼ to 1¾ cups white wheat until it cleans sides of bowl. Knead 8-10 minutes.
Roll out on oiled surface and put in greased loaf pan. Cover pan with towel. Let rise. (Mine took about 1 hour. Rise until dough doubles in size)
Bake at 350o for 30 minutes. (Rotating at the 15 minute mark)
*After rising and after baking.
I was so impressed by this recipe, and it was so easy! The honey also adds a subtle sweetness, and you could even label this a honey wheat bread. I’m experimenting with storing methods right now, as homemade bread does not last as long as store-bought (no preservatives) and I’d gladly take any tips you’d like to give! For now I’m wrapping the bread in a light dish-towel for a few days, until slicing the bread and freezing the rest leftover before it stales. I’ve heard the freezing method works pretty well, and apparently it’s easy to pull a slice out when needed and microwave it for a few seconds to defrost. Please offer up some tips if you have any!