Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homemade Bread Making Time!

Can you resist the scent of fresh, cookin' in the oven, homemade bread?? Wait, take a second, close your eyes, take a sniff, and imagine it. Mmmmm. A little crusty on the outside, so soft on the inside, warm, with a "good amount" ;) of butter, spread softly on it?!

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I love making homemade bread. All different kinds, whole wheat, french, herb rolls.... There are only a handful of ingredients, you know exactly what's in it, you can pronounce each ingredient, and it's just yummy!

We don't have a bread maker but I've always liked making it all by hand. :) Though I don't make it as often as I'd love to. And seriously, one day I will get a grinder and grind my own flour! I will admit, I feel like it did take a little more time this time around (and I just made it last month), but there are two littles running around, requiring to be fed :), loved on, played with, cuddled, changed or taken to the potty, put down for naps, so I usually added some extra time to each rise time. :)

I found this whole wheat bread recipe on allrecipes.com (great site, reviews, suggestions, great go to site) that had great reviews and made three loaves at one time. Here's how you can make it with me!

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[1] In a large bowl, mix warm water (I use our meat thermometer to make sure it isn't too hot), yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.

So this...

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after you go read, sip some coffee, or run around the house for 30 minutes, looks like this...

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[2] Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. I usually add a little more than 2 cups of the wheat flour so it's not SO sticky.

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[3] Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour.

Before you knead it... it'll spread when you put it down, make sure you have a good amount of flour down, and keep flouring your hands!

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After :)

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[4] Place in a greased bowl - I give the bowl a good spray down with cooking spray - turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled. About 30 minutes to an hour, I think! I can't remember now (My sleepy, pregnancy brain, is taking over right now) If not doubled when you check it, just take a quick nap and it'll be ready!

Current state...

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Doubled!

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[5] Get your loaf pans greased and ready! Again, I give them a good spray with cooking spray.

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[6] Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch. I finally got a kitchen scale! So exciting! :)

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Before it does it's finally growing...

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A reminder of why I want new kitchen towels :) great set of towels (blue and solids too), just ooold, and don't really "go" with our kitchen decor :)

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Don't you just want to poke your finger on them :)! But don't! They're ready for the oven!

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[7] Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. You should be pretty wild with fresh bread scent excitement filling your house.

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[8] Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely. We cheat on the "cool completely" part! We cannot wait to slice, butter, and EAT some warm. fresh. bread!

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Slice, drool, and enjoy!!! Make sandwiches, grilled cheese...s, sliced with butter (after it's cooled, just mic it for 10 -15 seconds to soften it and get it tasting like it just came out of the oven again) or Nutella :) (ok that's just me, Hubby thinks it "gross!"), the possibilities are endless!

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ETA: You can do it! There are several steps that require something quick and then to walk away for a bit, repeat :). And it is so yummy! Have you made it before?! What do you think?

Ingredients
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.

14 comments:

Joanna B. @ Newlywed Tales said...

I will most definitely be doing this! It looks delicious!!!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Nicely done! Those are very pretty loaves, especially whole wheat!

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh my gosh... I dont think there is anything better then fresh bread... I'm drooling at this point

Rebecca (Craving Simplicity) said...

Thank you so much for posting this!! I have never made my own bread, but have been looking for a recipe so I can start! Yay!!

Casa Cannon said...

The bread looks fantastic! I want a piece!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Oh my that looks fantastic! I bet it smells wonderful too.

Lauren said...

YUM!!! that looks so delicious--I've never tried my hand at homemade bread, I think I may have to do that this fall!

Annie said...

your bread looks SO YUMMY!!!! i had no idea making bread was simple. i must attempt to do this sometime soon. although i don't have a kitchenaid so i don't know if i can handle the stir with my arm ;) it would be so worth it though!! thanks for sharing hun!! :)

Newlywed and Decorating said...

That looks so good - I can smell it now! I have really good memories of my mother making us homemade bread, I'm sure your kids will too! :)

Gwen said...

So yummy!!! I totally can smell it. I love making beer bread at home but I cheat and buy a mix. LOL!!! Have a great weekend my friend!!! XOXO

Ashley said...

Yum!! I haven't made my own bread since I was in middle school and my parents got a bread machine. This makes me want to do it again, but the old fashioned way!

Heather said...

Wow girl!! I am so impressed and you make me longing for a Kitchen Aid mixer!! Love the scale and this bread looks so yum!!

...::Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

That looks so delicious! I always loved the smell of homemade bread when I was growing up. Even better fresh out of the oven with butter...yummo!! Now I am hungry. Happy Tuesday! :)

The Branches said...

oh my goodness your bread looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Drooooool is right!


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