I have been making homemade bread off and on for 29 years. There are a lot of recipes out there for homemade bread. I will say I am kind of picky when it comes to bread. This recipe is SO GOOD! My children have sold it to raise money for church camps. I have made it for Christmas gifts. It has never disappointed.
Our friends and family know we eat healthy. When we eat in a public setting like family reunions, church functions, etc. the first thing people try to do is steer us towards the gluten free dishes. Gluten is not bad for you unless, of course, you are allergic to it. We love gluten! Is what we do not it is white flour. White flour has been processed and all nutrients have been taken out then some have been added back in.
This recipe has fresh ground wheat. One thing to remember when working with fresh flour is that there are no preservatives so it will go bad quickly. When grinding our wheat we always grind extra and put it in the freezer for other recipes that call for flour. It is a hassle to pull everything out for a cup of flour. 🙂
Equipment that will make the job of making bread easier is a wheat grinder and mixer. What I use is the WonderMill Electric Grain Grinder for grinding the wheat. For mixing/kneading I use Bosch Univeral Plus Stand Mixer. This is definitely an investment. Like I said previously I have been making bread for a very long time. In the past about 15 years our family has eaten my bread about 90% of the time. These machines get a LOT of use! I am only on my second set of equipment. About 12 years ago my first ones broke. They were hand me downs from my mother-in-law. In getting new new ones I figured they would be paid for in a year or two from the savings of making all of our bread. Homemade bread is so much cheaper to make.
Can you make bread with out getting this equipment? Yes, you can! I will tell you how as I tell you how to make the bread.
First you want to start grinding your wheat. I fill the grinder two times with wheat to let it grind. Of course you must empty the wheat between grinding. This should give you enough flour. If you are using store bought wheat then of course you will skip this step.
Next you will add in all ingredients while the mixer is going until the dough starts to pull away from the sides. This gives you an idea what it will look like. The nice thing about using the Bosch is you then will let the machine do the kneading for you for about 12 minutes. If you do not have a machine that has the kneading tool and you knead the dough by hand that works too. You will knead by hand for 12 minutes as well.
Once the dough is done kneading place in loaf pans. As you can see it makes about 5 loaves of bread. (make sure you also snitch a piece or two of dough. It is YUMMY!)
You will then put the pans in a warm oven for about 20 minutes. Once the dough is almost double in size then turn oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 25 minutes. DO NOT remove from the oven while the oven is preheating. The dough will continue to raise while the oven is heating up.
Let the bread cool then you can remove from pans. We usually slice the loaves and stick them in the freezer. Depending on how fast you will eat the bread you can take it out by the slice or the loaf.
Honey whole wheat bread
Yield: 5 loaves
Prep time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
6 cups warm water
2/3 cup honey
1 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil or Coconut oil
2 Tblsp active dry yeast
2 Tblsp salt
About 15 cups wheat flour
Mix together water, honey and oil in Bosch or mixing bowl. (If using Bosch make sure to use the kneading attachment) Add yeast and about 6 cups flour. Mix slightly then add salt. Slowly add remaining flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead on medium speed for 12 minutes.
Oil bread pans and hands. Remove dough, form into loaf and put into pan. Put pans into warm oven. Once dough is almost double in size, about 20 minutes, turn oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Do not remove bread while oven is heating. Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy with butter and honey or jam! Also, great for a sandwich.