Homemade Bread

You just can’t beat fresh bread.

This recipe is my mother’s and she has spent years refining her bread-making techniques.

Bread

Basic Whole Wheat Yeast Dough

2 tablespoons yeast

2 cups warm water

Dissolve yeast in water in large mixing bowl.  Let stand about 5 minutes.

Add:

1 Tablespoon oil   (Pour oil into the ½ cup measurer before adding to the

bowl and the honey will pour out easily.)

½ cup honey

1 egg

2 teaspoons salt

6-6½ cups whole wheat flour…. (My favorite is Golden 86 Wheat that I mill in my countertop Whisper Mill)

For adding flour, begin with 3 cups and hand mix with a whisk briefly.  Then mix in the remaining flour with a dough hook, if available. Knead 8-10 minutes until smooth.  Let dough rise loosely covered in the same bowl until double, approximately 1½ to 2 hours.  Punch down.

Now you get to choose how you will shape your bread.

These are our three favorite variations:

Crescents:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (325 degrees convection).

Divide dough into quarters.  Roll each quarter into a 10-12 inch circle on a lightly floured counter top.  Brush with melted butter.  Cut into 12 wedges.  Roll wedges from the wide ends to from crescents.  “Pinch” the seams underneath.  Place crescents point-side down on a baking sheet brushed with butter (OR on a silpat mat)—24 rolls per sheet.  Brush tops with melted butter.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, approximately one hour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes (325 degrees convection).   Remove immediately to wire racks or to a bread basket.  Makes 48 rolls.

Sandwich Buns:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (325 degrees convection).

Roll dough into a circle ½ -inch thick.  Cut with a 4-inch round cutter into circles.  Place buns on a buttered baking sheet (or on a silpat mat).  Brush the tops with beaten egg.  (Beat egg with 1 teaspoon water.)  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Cover and let rise until double, approximately one hour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes (325 degrees convection).  Cool on wire racks.  Makes approximately 24 buns. Perfect for Chipotle Veggie Burgers!

Braided Loaves:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (300 degrees convection).

Divide dough in half.  Divide each half into thirds.  Roll each section into a 12-14-inch  rope.  Braid three ropes together; pinch the ends together to seal.  Move to a buttered baking sheet (or a silpat mat). Brush with beaten egg (beat egg with 1 teaspoon water) and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds.  Cover and let rise until double, approximately one hour.  Bake at 350 degrees (300 degrees convection) for 22-24 minutes.

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4 comments

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  4. I’ve never thought of replacing the sugar in bread recipes with honey! (I was always scared it would interfere with the chemistry of the recipe)

    This is great! Thanks for posting!

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