Honey Whole Wheat Bread #FTW

Baking bread was one of those things that I never wanted to do for a few reasons. First, I can buy it in the store which is easy and easy is good. Second, baking bread is intimidating. Mixing, kneading, rising, more rising it’s a lot of work! After I finally decided to take the leap into the world of bread making instead of bread buying I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is totally doable. I tried a couple recipes, some better than others, and finally came across this one from Budget Bytes that is easy, delicious and does not require a ton of work (I love less work). It is a light, healthy bread that you can use for pretty much anything. I recommend peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it’s a never fail meal.

Recipe adapted from: Budget Bytes

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp honey (second time I made this I used brown sugar, worked great)
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ Tbsp salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine the yeast and honey along with warm water in a large mixing bowl. Stir to dissolve and allow to sit until the yeast becomes foamy on top.
  2. Once the yeast mixture is foamy, stir in the olive oil and salt.
  3. Stir in the 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour. Once mixed add the all purpose flour, ½ cup at a time, until you can no longer stir it with a spoon.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to a floured surface. Keep adding all purpose flour and kneading until you have a soft, elastic but not sticky ball. Knead for about 3 minutes.
  5. Loosely cover the ball of dough and allow it to rise until double in size about an hour.
  6. Coat your bread pan with non stick spray or coconut oil.  Form your dough into a log the size of your bread pan and place dough in greased pan.
  7. Allow your dough to rise another hour until it has doubled in size and the top of the bread is higher than the edges of the pan.
  8. While bread is rising preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  9. Cut a long slit in the top of the dough to allow for expansion during cooking (it also looks super fancy).
  10. Bake the bread for 30 minutes until deep golden on top. Remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

**Make sure to let your bread cool.  If you don’t it can make your bread fall, be gummy and overall not so beuno.  Baking teaches patience and trust me it is worth the wait!

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