Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Honey Whole Wheat Bread


I really wanted to make my own sandwich bread.

My bread machine has been wonderful; providing me delicious, but quite large and tall breads. However, nothing quite able to suite my sandwich making needs.

So I decided to use the bread machine's awesome feature: dough setting, and then bake it in a small bread pan to attempt a smaller loaf...

The outcome: 
 Soft sandwich bread: slightly denser than the bread I buy, but tasted WONDERFUL!
It was fun and easy and now I have great sandwich bread at a very very little cost (98 cents or something like that)

Adapted from
1 1/4 cup water, warm *
2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp bread machine yeast, fast acting.
1 tsp salt
2 tbs non-fat dry milk powder
2 tbs vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup honey *Update (add another 1/4 cup for softer/sweeter bread)
2 tbs olive oil (or butter)

* Heat water in a microwave for 1 min.

Mix flour, gluten, and dry milk milk powder together in small bowl. 
(If you don't have a bread machine use a stand mixer: Kneed all ingredients for 12 min, let rise for 1:30hr and continue instructions)
Place warm water and salt in bread machine pan, then equally distribute flour mixture on top of water. In each corner of the flour make a crater with your finger.
Pour 1 tbs olive oil in each opposing corners.
Pour 1/8 cup honey in the other opposing corners.
Make another crater in the center of the flour and fill with yeast

Select dough cycle on machine and let it do its magic for about an hour and a half.
Even if cycle is not complete, take dough out of machine and roll out on a floured surface.
Preheat oven 375
Roll into a 14x9 rectangle
Roll up like rolling a jelly roll. Tuck and pinch seam under dough
Create end-seam by taking the edge of your hand and slicing down ward on edge of dough. Tuck and pinch that piece under dough.
Wiggle into a lightly greased or parchment lined 9x5 bread pan.
Let rise for 30 min.

Bake for 30-35 min.

Cool on rack for 20 min.
Slice up!

If you are freezing, (we do because we don't use if fast enough) slice before you freeze and place in freezer zip lock bag.


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