I shared on the Grace on Parade blog (see article here)about my competitive bread baking and how the need to practice making bread turned into a ministry of the love loaf, but I failed to give you the recipe. Let me make amends right now and share my recipe for homemade Whole Wheat Bread.
You don’t have to be a competitive bread baker to wrap someone with the aroma of homemade bread. Even if it is just your family or guests in your home, homemade bread bears the scent of extra time spent for someone else.
Bread recipes are very adaptable. I use dry milk powder because it’s more convenient – I don’t have to heat up milk and dirty an extra dish. Back in the day, milk powder was cheaper than bottled milk. With $.99 specials at some Walmart’s and Aldi’s, that’s not true anymore. You also can use brown sugar or molasses instead of the honey. I prefer honey because it helps preserve the bread longer, but honey is expensive and I don’t always have it on hand so I opt for brown sugar.
Here’s my recipe for homemade Whole Wheat Bread.
Karen's Whole Wheat Bread
2-1/4 cup warm water
2 pkg yeast
3 Tbsp sugar
4 tsp salt
1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup dry powder milk
4-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2-3/4 cups all purpose flour (about)
Mix water (105-115) and yeast. Add sugar, salt, margarine, honey, and milk. Stir flours together. Beat in half the flour till smooth and batter falls in sheets from a wooden spoon. Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead ten minutes, until smooth. Let rise in warm place till double in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down, shape into loaves, place in two greased 9x5 pans. Let rise till double, about 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees 25-30 minutes. Turn out on wire racks and grease tops.
Do you have trouble getting your bread to rise? Make sure your water temperature is 105-115 degrees and all other ingredients are room temperature. When letting the bread rise, I put it in a cold oven and put a pan of steaming water inside the oven too. Your bread will easily rise the first time in one hour and the loaves will rise in about 30 minutes. Take the loaves and your pan of water out of the oven before preheating and allow for that amount of time as well.