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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread just out of the oven.

“Give us  this day our daily bread!”*

I like to make bread, better yet, eating a slice of hot homemade bread fresh from the oven. There are so many recipes available for breads of all flavors, it is hard to adapt or change.  However, I am always inspired to try again.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe was adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, 1996, Whole Wheat Bread.  The first recipe made one loaf.  It  was small and did not last long, it was too good to last.  The recipe was for bread pan of 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.  All the bread pans I have are 9 x 5 x 3 inches.  Using those pans, I doubled the recipe and got 3 large loaves of bread.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread dough

Honey Whole Wheat Bread dough kneaded and resting.

That is a mixture of 4 cups of whole wheat flour and 7-8 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour. This has the salt, yeast, milk, water, honey and olive oil added and has been kneaded.  Now it is resting 10 minutes after the first kneading.  Then it will be kneaded another 10 minutes.

I can hear the “WHAT?  20 minutes of kneading and then it has to rise two time for hours!”  That is why I am baking bread  since I retired.  I didn’t have time and energy back then either.   So next….

After it has been thoroughly kneaded to smooth and elastic and rolled in a ball, I put it in a large oiled  pan, oil the dough and let it set in a warm spot for 1 hour.  A dish towel is used to cover the dough.

Oiling the dough.

Oiling the dough before first rise.

This is now doubled in size.  You can see gas bubbles near the top of the dough.  The yeast produces gas bubbles  to stretch the gluten in the flour to make the dough rise.  Now to test if ready, take a finger and punch the dough down.  If ready, the dent will stay.  Then you literally “punch it down with your fist.”   (My apologies to those who need gluten free.)

Honey Wheat Bread dough to double in size.

Honey Wheat Bread dough double in size.

Pour the dough out on a floured bread board , cut dough into 3 pieces, make balls of each to shape into 3 loaves of bread. Shaping of loaves is explained in the recipe below.  Put dough in greased bread pans butter top with melted butter if you prefer a soft crust. Set pans in warm place, cover and let rise about 45 minutes.  They will not be doubled in size.

Dough ready to rise into loaves of bread.

Honey Whole Wheat dough ready to rise into loaves.

Put into a preheated 375 F oven.  My oven sometimes get too hot, watch your thermometer closely.  (You do use a thermometer in your oven to check the temperature. Don’t you?)

I bake it for about 45 minutes.  If they brown too much on top, I cover with aluminum foil.  The bread will have pulled away from the sides when done.  After taking the bread out of the pans, tap on the bottom, it should sound hollow.  I like to set the loaves directly on the oven-grate shelf for additional 5-8 minutes.  This gives it a final crisping.  The oven can be turned off at this step.

Baked loaves of Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Baked loaves of Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Our preference is for soft bread crusts.  After the bread has been removed to the racks to cool, I brush melted butter over the tops and sides of the loaves.  While they are cooling, the loaves of bread are covered with a dish towel to cool completely.  Now they are ready for cutting and tasting!

16 slices of Honey whole wheat Bread

One loaf makes 16 slices of Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Unless you can eat your bread within a day, it is best to freeze the excess.   I cut the bread with an electric knife into 16 slices.  I wrap 8 slices, half loaves, in aluminum foil and in a plastic bag or freezer paper and freeze.  When ready for another half loaf, I set  the oven at 350 F, put the loaf in the oven while frozen for 30 minutes.  This makes soft bread and if kept in the foil and plastic bag will last  2 days, if you haven’t eaten it.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread
 
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An all-purpose sweet whole wheat bread for peanut and butter sandwiches, french toast or bread pudding..
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Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 loaves bread, 16 slices per loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water, 105 F
  • 3 teaspoons Fleischmann's Instant Dry Yeast
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. Mix water and milk in sauce pan or in microwave to heat to 115 F.
  2. Pour into large mixing bowl, add olive oil, honey, sea salt.
  3. Let cool to 105 F.
  4. Measure the flours: sift together 4 cups of whole wheat and 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour.
  5. Reserve another 4 cups of the white flour for flouring the bread board and kneading.
  6. Heat 1 cup warm water to 102-105 F, add the yeast.
  7. Stir to dissolve yeast, it will become foamy and small bubbles on surface of water.
  8. Let set 5-8 minutes to allow yeast to proof, become active.
  9. Pour yeast into the 105 F seasoned milk/water mixture.
  10. Add 4 cups of blended flour, beat thoroughly.
  11. Add remaining blended flour, beat together until dough sticks together.
  12. Using reserved flour, lightly flour bread board.
  13. Pour out the dough, flour hands, knead together until dough handles easily.
  14. Let rest for 10 minutes on bread board.
  15. Resume kneading for 10 minutes, adding more flour to keep from sticking on board.
  16. Knead until smooth and elastic. (Knead by pressing with heel of both hands, turn ¼ circle, turn down over in half, knead again, continuing same technique.)
  17. Oil large bowl, roll dough into a ball, oil the dough with a brush.
  18. Cover bowl, place in warm, 75-85 F place to rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour. Do not disturb during rise time.
  19. Grease 3 9 x 5½ x 3 inch pans.
  20. When finger is pressed into dough leaving an indention, it is ready to be punch down with fists allowing the gases escape.
  21. Pour on lightly floured board, cut into 3 equal parts. Roll each into a ball, let rest.
  22. Roll each ball into a 9 x 12 rectangle, starting at the 9 inch end, roll up, pinch the ends on seam together, putting the seam on the bottom. Put into the greased loaf pans, ends touching the pans.
  23. Lightly grease tops of the bread for a soft crust.
  24. Cover the pans and set in warm place to rise for 45 minutes.
  25. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  26. At the end of second rise, put into oven to bake about 45 minutes. Put foil over top of bread if browning too quickly.
  27. Bread is done when removed it will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Notes
Adapted from Cunningham, Marion. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, 1996, p 516. Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com. All rights reserved.

 

I admit this is a long day of bread making, particularly if you have never tried your own bread.  BUT it is sooooooo,  worth it.   Enjoy.  Finished last loaf, time to make another 3 loaves.  Tomorrow!

* Matthew 6:11.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

The air is cooler, the leaves have that rustling sound and it is quieter. The fields of green are no of longer green corn stalks or green soybeans.  The horizon is a golden and amber of fall.  Soon we will remember what  James Whitcomb Riley wrote, “The frost is on the punkin”.

Beaches, swim parties and bar-be-ques become a season of tailgating, football games, and bar-be-ques. Pumpkin becomes the vegetable in the dessert buffet.  I selected my  reliable Pumpkin Bread recipe, received from a elementary school bazaar.  You know it has to be good, goodness this was about 1979!

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Another favorite pumpkin dessert is Libby’s Pumpkin Roll recipe..  It is easy to make this extra special dessert with the canned pumpkin with the cream cheese filling. 

All the farmer’s markets are bright orange with the bright pumpkins.  Yesterday I saw small white pumpkins, are they orange inside?  I did not buy one to find out.  I still prefer to buy my pumpkin in a can. Children or grandchildren are not available to enjoy the fun of jack-0-lanterns.  Remember when Halloween was a one day event.  Now it is as festive with decorations and tree lights like Christmas. 

Pumpkins and Mums

Pumpkins and Mums

Another favorite dessert in the Midwest is persimmon cake,  bread, pudding, cookies and some places have persimmon ice cream!  Our family favorite, American Persimmon Cake uses the small Midwest persimmons, not the larger Japanese persimmons found in the grocery.

 

Enjoy a slice of fall:  Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread
 
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A moist dessert bread to enjoy with your coffee or tea. Share the recipe and a loaf at the next church or school bazaar.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease and flour 2- 9 x 5 loaf pans, or put greased parchment paper on the bottom.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the eggs, oil, water and pumpkin.
  5. Mix until very smooth.
  6. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
Notes
While bread is still very warm, wrap in plastic wrap and let cook completely. Bread tastes better after setting at room temperature 24 hours. This freezes well....Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® .All rights reserved.

 

This makes 2  large loaves of Pumpkin Bread,  it can easily be frozen, or given away in a bazaar.

Loaves of Pumpkin Bread

Loaves of Pumpkin Bread

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Jeanette’s Healthy Living — Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Mixer Whole Wheat Bread

Hot from the oven Mixer Whole Wheat Bread

Hot from the oven Mixer Whole Wheat Bread

There are several bread recipes in the recipe list.  I like bread and toast and I like the making of bread. I enjoy the kneading of the dough and the competition with myself to see how close to “store bought” I can make it without all the preservatives.  It doesn’t mold, we don’t have it long.  To that I thank my husband, he likes fresh home-made bread.

The Rise of Mixer Whole Wheat Bread

Yes, I like the kneading of the bread, however, I wanted to be a little speeder and have less aches and pains from carpel tunnel and arthritis in my hands.  I found a Basic White Bread recipe which I adapted to the whole wheat bread, kneading with the mixer. For lack of a better name and to quickly identify  the recipe  is the “Mixer Whole Wheat Bread”.

16 slices of Mix Whole Wheat Bread

One loaf makes 16 slices of Mixer Whole Wheat Bread

I changed the sugar to honey, the butter to olive oil, and make a blend of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour with a tablespoon of milled flax seed added.   It makes two 9 x 5 loaves.    It will also made 1 loaf and 10 hot dog buns.

Home made hot dog buns.

Home made hot dog buns.

Granted they aren’t “perfect” buns, but the hot dog did fit into some of them.  Next time I will perfect the shaping.  I used a link from King Author Flour to learn the shaping, which was helpful.

Mixer Whole Wheat Bread
 
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A hearty whole wheat bread, excellent for toast; makes 2 loaves and easily kneaded in the mixer.
Author:
Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 loaves of 16 slices each
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 -4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon milled flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons sea salg
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4½ teaspoons dry active yeast or 2 packages of dry yeast
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, sift together 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2½ cups all purpose flour and salt.
  2. In a bowl combine the milk, water, oil and honey.
  3. Heat in the microwave 40 seconds, test for temperature and reheat as needed to 105-115 degrees F.
  4. Heat the bowl of the mixer with hot water to warm it before adding the heated liquid.
  5. Check the temperature of the liquid before adding yeast.
  6. Sprinkle the yeast into the milk/water mixture, stir briefly, allow to set 10 minutes to proof, that is to bubble up.
  7. Add the 4½ cups of flour. Mix with the mixer on low (2 on Kitchenaid mixer) for 1 minute,.
  8. Begin adding the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing another 2 minutes.
  9. Mix the dough until it rolls into a ball cleaning the sides of the bowl. It may needed push down off the hook and under the dough.
  10. Continue "kneading" for another 2 minutes.
  11. Oil a large bowl, put the ball of dough in bowl, rolling it around to oil it all over.
  12. Cover with plastic wrap, place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour or double in size.
  13. Grease 2- 9 x 5 inch bread pans.
  14. When dough is doubled, punch down.
  15. Pour dough onto a lightly floured bread board, let rest 5 minutes.
  16. Divide dough in half.
  17. Form each half into a rectangle 9 x 14, roll up in jelly roll fashion.
  18. Seal the bottom and the ends.
  19. Place into the pan, with the ends touching the pans.
  20. Cover with plastic wrap.
  21. Place in a warm place to rise near double in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  22. Preheat oven 400 F.
  23. Gently brush the top of the bread with oil before baking.
  24. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the sides pull away from the pan.
  25. Remove to a rack, take out of the pan to cool.
  26. Brush again the top and sides with oil to get a softer crust.
  27. Wrap in towel until completely cool.
  28. When cool, wrap in aluminum foil.
Notes
After removing bread from the pan, I put the bread back into the oven, heat turned off, to brown on the bottom for about 3-5 minutes.-------------------------------Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience.©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk.Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office.” nettabelleschoice.com and cookbookinabox.com
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