For a non-bread person, I sure do love myself a slice of homemade bread. There’s something about the ritual of making bread at home that makes it taste that much better. The other day I had a bit of a bread baking bonanza, and baked a bunch of whole wheat loaves to give to my dog sitters, and to Jen who’s now home with baby Carson. Of course I kept a couple loaves for myself…..that is, until Olive snatched one off the counter.
Bread baking is actually really simple, and a great way to impress your friends. Its kind of a shame that more people don’t bake their own bread these days, but I guess if they did, it wouldn’t seem so special.
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- ⅔ cup honey, divided
- 5 cups bread flour
- 5 tablespoons melted butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3½-4 cups whole wheat flour
- In a large bowl, mix together warm water, yeast, and ⅓ cup honey.
- Add 5 cups bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
- Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, remaining ⅓ cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour.
- Flour a flat surface and knead, adding 2-4 cups additional whole wheat flour until barely sticky.
- Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
- Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, cover with a dishtowel, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Brush the tops of loaves with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter when done. Cool.
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