Don’t I look proud of myself?!? I’ve wanted to make bread for a very long time now. The task has always seemed out of my realm of capability. I’ve actually had a couple of people sit down and show me their recipes, but I always take too much time in between a teaching session and when I consider doing it on my own that I’ve ended up avoiding it altogether. The problem with avoiding it, is that we’ve been taught that we need to store wheat and to eat it. So I decided to give it another go!
14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life..
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man..
- 1 2/3 Cups Water
- 2 Tbsp Butter softened
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar (I used Honey)
- 2 tsp. Salt
- 4 2/3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 3 tsp. Yeast
- Attach the kneading blade in the bread pan
- Place ingredients into the bread pan in the following order: water, butter, sugar, salt and flour.
- With finger, make a small indentation on one side of the flour. Add yeast to indentation, making sure it does not come in contact with liquid ingredients.
- Carefully insert bread pan into breadmaker and gently close lid.
- Plug the power cord into the wall outlet.
- Press the Menu button until the Whole Wheat program is selected.
- Press the Color button for desired crust color.
- Press the Loaf button to select the desired size of loaf. The above recipe is for 2 loaves(2 lbs).
- Press the Start button
- Instead of allowing the machine to run the entire cycle, only let the breadmaker mix ingredients, knead the dough, rise and then knead it again.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- During that process grease and flour two large bread pans.
- Remove the dough and place equal halves into each pan. (I know it's silly to do this, but for the life of me, I can't get the breakmaker to bake my bread without overcooking it. My friend told me her Mom has been doing it for years)
- Place in a relatively warm place on the counter or stove top where they won't be disturbed and cover with a light cloth.
- Allow dough to rise for 20-40 minutes or until the dough has almost doubled or just peeks over the top of the pans.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until desired color of crust.
- Remove from pans immediately and allow to cool on a rack.
- I haven't tried any variations except for substituting the Brown Sugar for Honey. I'm sure you could try coconut oil instead of butter. This was my first go at mixing and rising in the breadmaker and changing over to bread pans. I'm really happy I took my friends advice!