Sunday, November 25, 2012

Homemade Healthy Wheat Bread

This is a super-easy and healthy, whole wheat bread recipe.  It has honey, so some would not consider this vegan, but is vegetarian.  
What you will need:

2 T. fast acting yeast
2 cups warm water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 t. salt
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 more cups whole wheat flour

First you will need to find a large, clean bowl for mixing your dough.  I like to have a clean space to work on.  

Add two tablespoons of fast-acting yeast,
and two cups warm water.
Mix the water and yeast until the yeast is dissolved (takes about 4-5 minutes).
Add to your water and yeast; 
1/4 cup honey,
1/4 cup oil,
1/4 cup brown sugar,
and two teaspoons salt.
Mix those ingredients.
Add three cups of whole wheat flour
 Add the remaining three cups of flour.
and mix until the dough until it is somewhat smooth.
 Knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic.
Form the kneaded dough into a ball and set in a clean, greased bowl. 
Make sure the bowl is big enough to let the dough double in size.
Cover and place in a warm area (I set it on the top of the stove while the oven is heating) and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (takes about two hours).
After the dough has doubled in size, knead down and separate the dough into two balls. 
 Place them in a greased bread pan.
 Let the dough rise, and double in size.
 Place the loaves in the oven and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Take your bread out of the oven and remove the loaves from the pan.  Let the loafs cool enough to slice.  I like to butter the tops with veggie butter before slicing.
 You can slice and freeze what you want to save in a freezer safe, Ziploc bag.  
This bread is really good toasted and topped with jam.  

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