12/29/08

Cooking 101 - Whole Wheat Bread



This bread is SO good. It's 100% whole wheat so there's not a lot of guilt involved when you eat it. I've found that if I use white wheat flour (still 100% wheat), the bread doesn't have a bitter wheat taste, and it stays light and fluffy. AND it makes a killer sandwich!!!














WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
(makes 2 regular-sized loaves)

2 1/2 t. yeast (or two 1/4-oz. pkgs)
1 c. warm water
1 c. scalded milk
2/3 c. honey
2/3 c. melted butter
2 t. salt (or a little less)
2 eggs
4-8 c. white wheat flour

Optional:
a handful (about 1/2 c.) quick oats
a handful of ground flax (about 1/4 c.)

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix milk, honey, melted butter, salt, egg, and yeast mixture while the mixer is running on low speed. Add the oats and flax if you're using it. Add flour gradually, 2 c. at a time. You may only need 6 c. of flour, you may need a little more, but you probably won't need more than 8 c. The dough should be a little sticky, pulling at the sides of the bowl a little bit. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Place in a well-greased bowl; cover and let rise until doubled in size - about 1 1/2 hours.

When dough is doubled in size, punch down dough. Knead a few times on a well floured surface. Cut dough in half; form into loaves and set them evenly into two regular-sized, buttered loaf pans. (The dough should sit about 2 inches below the top of the loaf pan)

Let the bread rise again for another 30-minutes to an hour. Bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it with your fingernail. Let the bread rest and cool for at least 15-20 minutes before slicing into it.

21 comments:

Our Complete Family said...

My 8 year old would love to make this with me! What an awesome idea!
Happy day wishes~ Les

missliss5/Melissa said...

Oooohhhh, I want some!

missliss5/Melissa said...

Oooohhhh, I want some!

Sheri Howard said...

I have this recipe too. It IS SO GOOD! Thanks for reminding me, I am going to make some this weekend!

Rhonda said...

The bread looks delicious-I'll have to try that recipe. Sometimes I get into serious "need to bake bread" moods so this will be great when that mood strikes again!
I love your blog and have really enjoyed it-especially your sewing projects. In fact, I found your blog when I was searching for sewing blogs on Google.
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.
~Happy New Year!~

PamperingBeki said...

Ohhh girl, I think I could live on bread alone!!!! YUM!

Happy New year to you!

Kristine said...

Yesterday I was on the computer and Kevin started getting out cooking inexpedience, I was baffled and asked him what was up? He was dying to have this bread and so HE made it. It turned out yummy. Thanks for sharing.

Jen r. said...

That bread looks fabulous!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

This looks so good. Thank you for sharing the recipe... I may have to try this. :) Blessings-

Kristi said...

Thank you for this recipe! I was looking for a good, soft wheat bread to start using my wheat storage. I tried it tonight & my entire family (even my hubby) loved it! Thank you Thank you!!!

SweetT said...

Thanks for the recipe! I will try the bread this weekend.

Jason and Melissa said...

I have a bread machine, I never use. Do you think I could use this recipe in my machine? It sounds so good!

Shellee said...

My new favorite recipe. I found you on google and was wondering, do you have family in the valley/Mesa area?

Abby said...

Hi Shelley! I do have some family in the Mesa area - my SIL lives in Queen Creek, my FIL lives in Gilbert, some really good friends live in Gilbert and Queen Creek, etc., we've got friends and family scattered all over down there! I love it - and miss it. We lived in Gilbert for 2 years and I can't wait to get back there!

Abby said...

oopsie. Your name is Shellee not Shelley and it was right there in front of me. Sorry about that!!

Jen T said...

I am new to your blog and was looking for a good ww bread recipe. We tried this yesterday and it was AMAZING! My 4 kiddos and hubby devoured it! So yummy! Thanks for sharing!

2cleverblog.com said...

i dream someday of making my own loaf of bread

Shellee said...

Feel free to spell my name wrong. You gave me a great recipe. My friends and I had a bread tasting Friday to see which bread recipe we are using for our next bread making day and your recipe beat the others hands down.

Summer said...

I tried ths recipe (a few times!) last week - let me say, IT IS FANTASTIC! My family loves it! We used up our whole can of wheat! Looks like I need to make a stop at the cannery! Ü Thanks so much for sharing!

Summer

The Hershey Bryces said...

Just wondering if you will ever start blogging here again :( Missing the crafty tutorials and links.

Abby said...

Hi Hershey Bryce Girl! I don't know if you'll see this or not, but I've been posting regularly - you need to click on my header and you'll see the rest of my posts - and then reset your blog bookmark. You must have bookmarked the "bread" post and each time you visit my blog, your bookmark takes you to that one post and you've been missing all of the others! I've done just that, so I'm sure that's what happened!