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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Homemade Bread Day

There's nothing quite like the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. It's really not hard to make either! Today is Homemade Bread Day.  Below is a recipe for  Whole Wheat Bread I found online. If you want a less time consuming bread, there was a previous St. Patrick's Day post with a Soda Bread recipe. If you make the wheat bread, have your kids help punch down the dough!
I couldn't find my regular loaf pan, so I used a small
loaf pan. It turned out really well.

Whole Wheat Bread
Prep: 20 min., Cook 25-30 min., Ready in 3 hours. 
Makes 3 loaves (36 servings)
This is a basic recipe, but it can be changed in many ways. See the Daily Messes (DM) Tips and Variations below!

You will need:

3 cups warm water
2 (.25 oz) packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp butter, melted


1. In a large bowl mix warm water, yeast, 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, stir to combine. Let sit 30 min. or until big and bubbly.

2. Mix 3 tbsp melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt together and add into large bowl with flour/yeast mix. Mix. Stir in 2 cups wheat flour. Knead until not too sticky (smooth), about 5-8 minutes. DM Tip: Knead in a bowl, so you don't have a mess to clean up on your counter! Dough may take an additional 2-4 cups whole wheat flour during kneading to reduce stickiness. 

3. Butter a large bowl and place in the bread dough, turn once to coat both sides of dough. Cover with clean dish towel. Let rise in warm place until doubled. DM Tip: In cold climates, turn on oven light (NOT the oven), cover, and let rise in oven. Light gives off enough heat to help rise.

4. Punch down. Divide into 3 loaves and place in greased 9x5 loaf pans. Allow to rise until dough has topped pans by 1 inch.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. The bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Lightly brush tops of loaves with 2 tbsp melted butter to prevent crust from getting hard. 

6. Cool completely on rack, not in pan.

Additional DM Tips:  
      * Can substitute sugar for honey, use same amount.
      * Substitute unsweetened applesauce for butter.
      * Can wrap, bag, and freeze.
      * Variations: 
             * Add flax seeds, sunflower seeds, 10 grain mix. 
             * Use all whole wheat flour.
             * After brush the tops with butter, sprinkle on oats.
             * Cinnamon Raisin:  Roll out dough. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix and raisins on top. Roll tightly up. Pinch ends together.


  1. Oh yum! I've never made homemade bread. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I love homemade bread. I really need to get my act together and make some. I even have a brad machine that I rarely use. My kitchen is where those appliances go to not be used much, I'm afraid!


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