Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

My sister Stephanie first tried this recipe when she moved to Hawaii and was on the hunt for good whole wheat bread.  It is delicious right out of the oven; a big thick slice with a layer of melted honey butter, yum!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

3 cups very warm water
1/2 cup honey
3 packets yeast
1 cup oil
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 cups white flour
6-7 cups white whole wheat flour

In a large bowl, whisk together the water, honey, and yeast.  Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.  Stir in the oil, salt, and white flour.  Slowly stir in the remaining whole wheat flour until the dough becomes soft, but not too sticky.  Knead until elastic.  Divide dough into two pieces, shape into loaves and place into 2 large, well- greased bread pans.  Allow loaves to rise for 40-45 minutes on top of your preheating oven.  Just before baking, use a knife (I use a razorblade) to cut a single slice right down the center of the bread.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 45-50 minutes.

*I tent my loaves with foil part way through baking so that the tops of the loaves don't brown too much.
*The original recipe calls for 1 cup of honey, but I only use 1/2 cup.

Recipe slightly adapted from Cheeky Kitchen

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