Monday, July 2, 2012

Homemade Wheat Bread & Honey Butter

I'm not the best baker in the kitchen. And honestly, yeast terrifies me. I've definitely had more than my share of deflated, misshapen, Frankenstein worthy loaves of bread. I finally found an excellent recipe that I've successfully made several times now.  I don't know the lady's name who gave it to me, but I met her at my church's emergency preparedness fair. She deserves a huge hug!

The bread recipe uses a bread machine to make the dough - which is essential for bakers like me.  =)  I checked out YouTube and found a great video to learn how to knead and shape the dough before putting them in the pan. If baking bread makes you nervous, don't worry. This is the easiest recipe & directions I've ever found!

Wheat Bread

* Makes 2 loaves

1 1/2 c. warm water
3 Tbsp butter
2 tsp salt
2 c. white flour
2 c. wheat flour
4 tsp dry milk
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp yeat

Add warm water to the bread machine pan. Add salt & butter in cut up pieces. Add both flours, milk & sugar. Make a small well in the flour, then add the yeast. Snap pan into your bread machine. Set for the dough setting and press start.

Grease & flour 2 bread pans. Preheat oven to 190 degrees.

After the bread machine is done with the dough, then divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Knead dough into 2 loaves. SEE VIDEO BELOW FOR DIVIDING AND KNEADING THE DOUGH.



Place the dough into the bread pans. Fill a small casserole dish with hot water and place it on the bottom rack of the over. Cover bread pans with a towel and place in the oven. Allow to rise for 25-30 minutes.

After rising, remove water and towels. Turn oven to 325 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes.


Whipped Honey Butter

 1/2 c. butter at room temperature
1/4 c. honey

Whip the butter with a mixer until fluffy. Then gradually add in honey and mix until well blended. Chill until ready to use.

*If using when butter is cold, I usually microwave it for 10 seconds to soften the honey butter up a bit. It makes it easier to spread on the bread.


Enjoy!

 

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