Need Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- TrishUntrapped Dec 17, 2007 11:05 AM
I made a couple loaves of French bread yesterday to go with some homemade lasagna, and my kids asked if I could also make some whole wheat bread, preferably with honey so it is just a tinge sweet.
I have a kitchen aid mixer with a dough hook, and the recipe booklet that came with it, but I don't really see anything like my kids are asking for.
Does anyone have a good recipe for this?
Thanks in advance!
Since bread baking is such a science I can't imagine that many of us who have developed our own formulae (especially us amateurs) and so any recipe would most likely come from a book. Now we get into copyright infringement and that's definately dangerous territory - not only legally but morally too. 'Course I could be wrong in my initial statement.
I've tweaked published recipes to adjust the outcome but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is my recipe. I still consider it to be a previously published recipe.
Actually, I feel like bread baking is so much more forgiving than baking using chemical leaveners. I've taken a class called baking bread without recipes which drove that point home. And per the instructure, all bread, unless you've killed the yeast, tastes good the first half our after the oven.
If there is a good recipe online, you can send the link...and you can offer additional thoughts or advice if you have them. I do have the book that came with my mixer and there is a Whole Wheat Bread recipe and a recipe for Honey Oat Bread, both which sound nice, but I am looking for a Honey Wheat Bread recipe in case anyone had or knew of one.
There's a good basic recipe in the King Arthur Flour Co. cookbook. I checked and it's not on their site. It's a useful book though.
This is a delicious and reliable recipe, paraphrased from Williams Sonoma's "Essentials of Baking" book. I've made it several time and had great results. Delicious for toast!
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
2 packages (5 tsp) dry yeast
2 cups milk, heated to lukewarm
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
6-7 cups wholewheat flour
2 tsp salt
6 TB butter, softened
In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over milk and let stand for several minutes until dissolved. Beat in honey and eggs. Stir in 6 cups flour, salt and butter to make a rough dough. Scoop dough onto a lightly floured board or countertop. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour as necessary, about 6-8 minutes.
Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl, swish to lightly coat dough all around, and cover with a damp towel. Place in a warm spot to rise until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Punch down, cut dough in half and roll each lump of dough into a log shape. Pat into 2 greased loaf pans, cover and let rise again until doubled in size, 45-60 min. Preheat oven to 375, then bake loaves for 35-40 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes on a rack, then tip loaves out of pans to finish cooling.
Note: If you want the bread to rise slower (if you're going to be out of the house for several hours, for example), use only 1 package of yeast and put the dough in a room-temp or cool spot to rise.
I made Dixieday's recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread today and it came out nicely. I used King Arthur Whole Wheat Bread Flour and the bread had a nice crumb on the outside and was sturdy but had a decent softness on the inside. It's a very simple recipe and the only thing I would change is I would add a bit more salt then 2 teaspoons. I would probably add one teaspoon more, because the flavor is a little subtle. Either that or use salted butter eating it.
This recipe though is a keeper, and before Christmas I will also try the Honey Oatmeal Bread recipe that came with my mixer.
For Christmas dinner we go to my sister in law's house and as is usual I have been asked to being the Pepperoni Cheese Bread,
For that, I make a recipe of basic white bread (again the recipe that came with the mixer). It makes two loaves. Before the second risng I put a layer of thin sliced pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on the dough and roll it up like a jelly roll, and let it rise that way in the pan. I then bake the breads when I get to my sis in law's and WOOOH...the whole home smells like fresh baked bread. This ends up being an appetizer for the main meal. The kids scarf it down fast. I serve it with a small bowl of marinara sauce.