Thursday, April 22, 2010

Our Bread Recipe

This is the bread recipe I use for the bread we eat.  I end up making it every other week.

Hand method (2 loaves)
1/3 C honey
1/3 C Olive oil
2 1/2 C warm water
1 1/2 Tbs yeast
2 1/2 tsp salt
6-7 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbs dough enhancer

Large Mixer Method (5-6 loaves)
2/3 C honey
2/3 C olive oil
6 C warm water
3 Tbs yeast
1 1/2-2 Tbs salt
16-20 C whole wheat flour
3 Tbs dough enhancer
2 eggs (I added this)  :)
I sometimes also add flax seeds and sunflower seeds

Combine the warm water, yeast and 2 cups fresh whole wheat flour in large mixing bowl.  Allow to sponge 15 minutes.  Add the honey, oil, dough enhancer, salt and 4-5 C (12-16 if using the larger recipe with a Bosch mixer).  Dough should be elastic and smooth.  
Knead bread by hand 7-10 minutes, (6-10 minutes with the Bosch mixer on level 1 and then 2). 
Form dough into 2 loaves if using the hand method or 5-6 loaves if using the Bosch larger recipe.  Place dough into greased loaf pans.  Rise until doubled in a warm place (about 30-60 min).  
Bake loaves 25-30 min in 350 degree oven. 

I use fresh ground wheat made from organic hard winter wheat.  I use the Bosch mixer and it saves SO much time and effort!

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