- Proof your yeast with the honey and warm (just warmer than warm) water for about 10 minutes. A dark, warm environment, like a microwave, will help the yeast activate. I pour these ingredients into my Bosch and put the lid on for 10 minutes.
- Fluff your flour before measuring it. This way you don't end up with a brick of bread. :)
- Add your salt last after all the ingredients have had time to mix for a minute.
- Adding potato flakes (not potato pearls) protects the air bubbles from popping. I think this is what made my bread so soft and yummy!
- To make dough quick and easy just add all the ingredients to your bread maker and then just shape and bake when the dough cycle ends. (I have a Bosch, but for those that don't have one this is a great alternative)
Honeyville's Best Ever Whole Wheat Bread
1 1/4 C warm (just warmer than the warm water in your faucet, not hot)
1 T active dry yeast (Saf instant yeast is what was used in this recipe)
1/4 C honey
Proof the above ingredients for about 10 minutes in a mixing bowl. I proof right in my Bosch bowl. The yeast should be bubbly (like in the picture above), if not the yeast isn't working. Start over with the warm water and new yeast.
2 3/4 C whole wheat flour (add the last 3/4 C of flour as you are kneading and stop if the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl. That means you have enough flour.)
1/4 C vital wheat gluten
2 T Non-instant powdered milk (the powdered milk from the cannery or bakers dry milk from Honeyville Grain)
1 T oil
1 T white vinegar
1/4 C potato flakes
1 t salt
After proofing add in the rest of the ingredients, adding in the last 3/4 cup of flour slowly until the dough is not sticking to the walls of the mixer anymore. Knead for 8 minutes on number 1 on the Bosch mixer. (on the last minute of kneading I preheat my oven to 170° and turn it off when it reaches temp. This way the oven is just warm enough & not too hot for the dough to rise)
Take the dough out and shape into a loaf while tucking the edges under. Place in greased loaf pan. Place in warmed oven and let rise until double. (turning the oven light on will keep the oven warm and keep it a perfect raising temp) Usually around 30-45 minutes.
Just try not to eat the whole loaf while it's warm and layered with honey and butter. I dare you! I had to make a second loaf so my children could have sandwiches.
**This bread is also delicious baked in the Sun Oven!! Make sure to preheat your sun oven for at least 20 minutes before baking. I let the bread rise in my kitchen oven until the dough is just over the top of the pan. I then mist the bread with water and bake about 30 minutes. Baking time depends on how warm your sun oven is. Misting the bread makes it brown in the sun oven, normally bread bakes without browning, so misting makes it brown.
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