Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Oh Bread....I'd be in trouble if you left me now

Bread is good. Homemade bread is great. Need I say more?


* 1 1/8 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 1/3 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 1/2 cups bread flour
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Let set for 10 minutes, or until bubbly.
2. Mix in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and salt. Pour that mixture into Kitchenaid standing mixer with dough hook attachment. Stir in foour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough sticks to itself and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. 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 overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely

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