Jan 18, 2012

Simple Honey Wheat Bread

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Honey Wheat Bread

Prep time - 20 min.
Bake time - 30 min.  
Total time - about 3 hours

1 cup warm water
1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast
3 tablespoons honey
1 2/3 cup white bread flour

1 tablespoon melted butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

In large bowl, mix warm water, yeast and 3 tablespoons honey.  Add white bread flour , and stir to combine.  Let set for 15 minutes or so, or until big and foamy.

Mix in 1 tablespoon melted butter, 3 more tablespoons honey, and salt. Stir in 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour.  Flour a flat surface and knead the dough together until not sticky.  Add more wheat flour if needed. Should only take a couple of minutes, yep, no need to knead more. 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.  About 45 minutes to an hour.

Punch down and form into a loaf. Place in greased 9x5 inch loaf pan and allow to rise until dough has topped the pan by one inch.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes; do not over bake.  Lightly brush the top of the loaf with 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard.  Cool completely.

*TIP - If you don't have a proof cycle on your oven you can turn your oven on for a minute and then turn it off and your bread will rise faster.

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