Honey Wheat Bread

So, I kinda feel like I’m in a If you Give a Mouse a Cookie book.  (Great children’s book, if you’ve never read it.)

Anyways… my version goes a little like this:

If you take a girl to the market, she’s going to buy some fresh strawberries.

When she buys some fresh strawberries, she will have to make some jam.

As she makes some jam, she’s gonna realize that it just won’t taste right on regular bread.

And if it doesn’t taste right on regular bread, she will need to make some homemade bread.

And here we are.  🙂

The Recipe:

Honey Wheat Bread, adapted from allrecipes.com

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

3 1/2 c whole-wheat flour, divided

2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

1 c milk

1 1/4 c water

1/4 c honey

3 T butter

1 T salt

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 c all-purpose flour, 2 c whole wheat flour and yeast. In a saucepan, heat milk, water, honey, butter and salt to 120 -130 degrees; add to flour mixture.

Blend on low-speed until moistened; beat on medium for 3 minutes. Gradually stir in remaining whole wheat flour and enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Shape into two loaves; place in a greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.

The Results:

Overall, the bread turned out pretty good.  No giant holes, like the last time I made bread – but the flavor wasn’t as amazing, either. 

The actual process of making the bread was a snap (especially since Hubs finally let me know that his mixer could knead the dough for me, instead of me having to use a little elbow-grease).  And my favorite part: the punch down!

I ended up with two loaves.  One we’ll call the pretty loaf, one the ugly loaf.  Can you guess which is which?

This recipe makes a rather dense bread, and it seems to dry out fairly quickly, so be sure to wrap it up tightly.  The flavor is a little sweet, though next time, I think I’d add a bit more honey.

Though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it sure did the trick.

So, now that the girl has her yummy jam and bread…

She wants to go back to the market, buy a different delicious fruit.

And if she buys a new fruit, she’ll definitely want to make another variety of jam.

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