honey whole wheat

I make our bread.

There are two reasons:  It is healthy.  It is cheap.

Okay, three reasons:  It also tastes good.

The recipe will make two loaves.  I let them cool, slice them (I have mad even-slice skills), bag and label them, then freeze one and put the other in the fridge for the week of lunches.  One loaf lasts us (2 adults, 2 kids, 1 baby) about a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.  We like this bread because it is just a little bit sweet, it holds up well for sandwiches and, once you have some practice, it’s easy to make.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

1 Tbsp. yeast
1/4 c. warm water
2 1/2 c. hot water
7 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. applesauce
1/3 c. honey
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  If your water is too warm/hot you will murder the yeast.  Let is sit for about 10 minutes and it should look frothy/bubbly/foamy when it’s ready.  You just proofed yeast.

In a large mixing bowl combine hot water, 3 cups of flour, applesauce, honey, salt, and proofed yeast.  I use the paddle attachment on my Kitchen Aid.  *A note on measuring flour, stir it up with a spoon, gently spoon the fluffed flour into a measuring cup, then use a butter knife or the handle of your spoon to level the cup.  DO NOT PACK THE FLOUR!  It isn’t brown sugar!  If you do, your bread will be dense and taste gross and it will suck and waste your time and ingredients.

Mix in 2 more cups of flour.

If you’re using a mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix in remaining 2 cups of flour, a little at a time.  Set it on Stir or 2 and let it mix for 10 minutes.  If you’re using your muscles, flour your counter, get your dough from the bowl and knead it for 8 minutes.

Spray a big bowl with cooking spray, shape the dough into a ball and place into the bowl.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Spray your counter with cooking spray, dump out the dough and shape into two loaves.  Place loaves into greased bread pans, cover with the kitchen towel and let rise until double, about 45 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.  Remove from the pans, brush with olive oil or butter, and cool completely on a rack before slicing.  If you slice it while it’s warm, you’ll make a mess of your beautiful new bread.

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