I have been making my own bread for almost 2 years now. I really enjoy doing it because it’s cheaper, healthier, tastier, and my family loves it. It’s also really easy to make once you get the hang of it. It takes about 2 hours, but most of that time it’s rising.You can take that time to multitask, while filling your home with the aroma of fresh bread.
I used to use all whole wheat because that is what my mentor taught me. After not getting it to rise consistently, I decided I could start with a lower standard. I use bread flour with some whole wheat flour. I hope to gradually increase the whole wheat. Here is my current recipe.
- 2 Cups Very Warm Water
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Yeast
- 1/4 Cup Canola Oil (or melted butter)
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1 Egg
- 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 5 Cups Bread Flour (or enough that the dough no longer sticks to sides of bowl)
- 3/4 Tablespoon Salt
- Mix all the ingredients together, adding last 2 cups of bread flour slowly as I’m more concerned with dough no longer sticking to bowl than exact measurements.
- Place in greased bowl, cover with towel and let rise in warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch down and shape into 3 small loaves or 2 bigger loaves. Place in greased loaf pans.
- Cover and let rise in warm place for 35 minutes.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350. You will know they’re done when they are lightly browned and hollow sounding when you tap the bottom.
- Take them out of pans and let cool. Use a pastry brush and brush butter on them. This keeeps the crust soft.
- As soon as they’re cool put them in a bread bag.
This recipe costs $1.06 per loaf saving you at least $1 per loaf. With the satisfaction of making your own fresh, tasty bread without all the mystery ingredients.
Warning: If you make this bread your family will like it so much that they have a distaste for store bought bread.
Sometimes I use a portion of the dough to make cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, or pizza crust.
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