The aroma of fresh baked bread is like no other. Plus add a pat of butter melting into the bread. Can you taste it? So delicious. This is the recipe I use Honey Wheat Bread Recipe . I have made this several times. It has not ever failed me. Bread is really quite easy to make especially if you have a stand mixer that does all the kneading for you. I use the dough hook to blend the yeast and honey into the warm water. Not the flat mixer piece. Then I add the other ingredients in order according to the recipe. Letting the dough hook knead the dough till it forms a ball. Then let it knead for about two more minutes. I turn the dough into a large bowl generously greased with canola cooking spray and turn the dough till it is coated with oil.
I then cover it with a kitchen towel and place it in an oven. I had preheated the oven for one minute and then turned it off before placing the dough in. I have found this is a good place for the dough to rise. It is warm and free from drafts. After the dough has risen to double in size which takes about 45 minutes, remove from the oven. It should look like this:
Punch the dough down to deflate it. Then using a knife cut the dough into two pieces. I take one piece at a time and roll it into a loose ball in my hands. Then I place it into a well greased loaf pan, patting the dough to fill the bottom of the pan. Repeat with the other half of dough. It should now look like this:
Cover with the kitchen towel and place back into the oven. No need to preheat it again. It should be warm enough for the dough to rise a second time. Let the dough rise till it is about an inch or so above the edge of the pan about 30 minutes. It should now look like this:
This just amazes me every time. Remove the loaves from the oven and preheat the oven 375 degrees. Bake for about 25 minutes. The bread is done when you lightly tap on the top. It should sound hollow and be a nice golden brown. Your oven temperature and time may differ. My oven cooks fast so I check on the bread five minutes before the timer goes off. Plus use your nose. You can smell the bread when it is close to being done. So can the rest of the family.
Let the honey wheat bread cool for about ten minutes in the pan before turning it out onto a cooling rack. This is the hard part, waiting for it to cool before cutting a slice.
Here I have slathered the honey wheat bread with my homemade strawberry jam. Yum!!!! Enjoy. Try your hand at making bread. There is nothing like it. Oh, if you like tomato sandwiches, this bread is the best with a home grown tomato in the middle.
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