Monday, June 13, 2011
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Honey Whole Wheat Bread from the Gold Medal Whole Wheat bag
2 pkgs regular active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105-115F)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups very warm water (120-130F)
4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 3/4- 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1. In small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; set aside. In large bowl, mix honey, butter, salt, and very warm water; cool 5 min.
2. To cooled honey mixture, beat in 3 cups of the whole wheat flour with electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl frequently, until moistened. Beat on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Beat in remaining 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and dissolved yeast. With spoon, stir in 2 1/4- 2 3/4 cups of the all purpose flour until dough pulls cleanly away from side of bowl.
3. Place dough on floured work surface. Knead in remaining 1/2-1 cup all purpose flour; continue kneading 5 to 10 minutes until dough is smooth and springy. Grease large bowl with shortening or cooking spray; place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80-85F) 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.
4. Generously grease 2 (8x4 or 9x5 in) loaf pans with shortening or cooking spray. Gently push fist into dough to deflate; divide in half. On lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough with rolling pin into 18x8 in rectangle. Starting with one 8 in side, roll up dough tightly, pressing with thumbs to seal after each turn. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal; pinch each end to seal. Fold ends under loaf; place seam side down in pan. Cover; let rise in warm place 30-45 min or until doubled in size.
5. Heat oven to 375F. Uncover dough; bake 30 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 350F; bake 10-15 min longer or until loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped. Immediately remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
I halved this recipe b/c I didn't think my mixer would handle it and b/c we only have on bread pan. It is SO yummy!