Wednesday, November 24, 2010

For Elizabeth....

To answer a question from Elizabeth, here is my wheat bread recipe. I don't remember where it came from ...perhaps a friend 20 years ago...


2 pkg yeast
1/4c warm water
-dissolve yeast in water and set aside
1/2c honey
1/4c butter or margarine
3t salt
2 1/2c very warm water
- mix these 4 and cool for 5 minutes.
4 1/2c whole wheat flour
2 3/4c to 3 3/4c all purpose flour
-add 3c whole wheat flour and beat until moistened. Beat in remaining wheat flour, along with the yeast mixture.
With spoon, stir in 2 1/4c to 2 3/4c all purpose flour until dough pulls cleanly away from the side of bowl.
Place dough on floured surface. Knead in 1/2 to 1c flour and continue kneading 5-10 minutes until dough is smooth and springy. Grease large bowl and place dough in, turning to grease all sides. Cover with towel and let rise in warm place until double.
Grease 2 loaf pans. Deflate dough and divide in half. Flatten out and roll into loaf shape. Place in pans seam side down. Cover and let rise in warm place until double.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, until loaves sound hollow when tapped.
**I usually bake one loaf for my dad and then divide the other loaf into 12-15 pieces and make rolls of them, baking on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes. Rolls get eaten quicker by my on-the-go family.

Enjoy your daily bread and have a happy thanksgiving....

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