I've been making my own bread for awhile now. We have a 12 grain bread recipe that my husband makes every so often, but this bread is my every day go to recipe. It's super simple and you can adjust it to your own preference for white/brown ratio. I make it 50% whole wheat. This way my kids still eat it and I feel a bit better that it's healthier.
We really like bread in this house. We go through a loaf per week at least! This recipe makes 2 loaves so I freeze the 2nd one until we need it.
- 6 cups flour (3 whole wheat, 3 white)
- 2 1/2 cups hot water (from the tap)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp instant yeast
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup oil (I like Olive oil)
- 2 1/2 tsp salt
Combine water, yeast & 2 cups flour.
Let sit 15 minutes to sponge.
Add honey, oil, salt & 4 cups flour. Mix until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Knead 6 to 7 minutes.
Form into 2 loaves and place into greased 9x5" pans.
Allow to rise in a warm place for 60 minutes. Dough should be 1/2 to 1" above pans. (I preheat my oven to 175F then shut it off and let dough rise in the oven)
Bake for 30 minutes in 350F oven.
Immediately remove from pans to cool on a rack.
This bread smells amazing and tastes great! If you don't have a mixer, go ahead and make it by hand. You will just need to increase your kneading time by a few minutes.