Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Search is On

I am on a quest.  I am in search of a good recipe.  Not just any recipe, but a recipe that will be used as a staple in our home.  A bread recipe.  And it has to be a whole wheat bread recipe.

I had borrowed one from a friend and currently this is the one that I make each week.  It is a solid recipe and for the first day or so, it tastes good.  But I am looking for one that will last a little longer and still taste delicious.

Let me share my it with you.

3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup honey
4 tsp. salt
5 cups warm water
3 Tbsp. yeast
14-15 cups flour

Stir the first 5 ingredients together along with half of the flour. Then add the remaining cups of flour. The dough will probably get hard to stir. Put flour on your hands and start kneading the dough. You will have to add more flour to your hands and bread as you knead. After 6-8 minutes, or until the bread is no longer sticky, stop kneading and set it aside. (we usually cover the bowl with a towel to help it rise faster.) Once it has reached twice its height, divide it into five parts before placing them in buttered loaf pans. It bakes at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

I usually cut this recipe in thirds since we usually don't go through 5 loaves that fast.  I have also cheated and use my bread machine to do the mixing and kneading.  I normally use Hard White but have also mixed Hard White and Hard Red for this recipe.

Do you make your own bread?  What is your favorite recipe?  Do you knead your dough by hand or in a mixer/bread maker?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OHHHH my mom has a mean bread recipe.. Its all natural. She even grinds her own wheat flour! ( Im not quite that good- LOL Ill buy mine pre ground) But its really GOOD!