Thursday, March 18, 2010

Honey Wheat Bread

Ahh...fresh baked bread. Is there a better smell in a kitchen? I have been craving some honey wheat bread and decided to see if I could find a recipe for one online. I tried one from The Food Network and changed a couple of things. It was phenomenal! Especially hot out of the oven. My boys gobbled it up! It kind of tastes like the bread from Outback Steakhouse. It is crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, just perfect! I've been serving at sandwich bread for my boys and they love it. It made 3 large loaves. Delicious! FYI, it is pretty crumbly, so be prepared for a mess when your little ones eat it! I used all purpose flour, I'm wondering if I had used bread flour if it wouldn't have been so crumbly?

Honey Wheat Bread
adapted from The Food Network

2 1/2 cups warm water
1 package dry yeast or 2 1/4 tsp
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick softened butter, mine was almost melted
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats, plus some for sprinkling on top
3 cups bread flour (I used all purpose.)
Combine all ingredients, knead for about seven minutes or until dough is no longer wet but smooth. I used my dough hook and let the mixer do the work. Let bread rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours), punch down and shape into loaves. You could probably put this in a loaf pan and bake it like that as well. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Let bread double in size again. Sprinkle extra oats on top and bake 25-30 minutes until crusty and brown on top.


Michele said...

Using bread flour is a lot better for making bread. You can find it in regular white and wheat. I'm surprised it was still crumbly with the honey and butter, they usually help make it really soft. I was just about to make a new bread recipe today that calls for potato flakes. It's supposed to do the trick. I'll post it soon if you want to check it out.

amber@This Mommy Cooks said...

Thanks Michele! I did see some recipes that called for potato flakes, maybe I can change up this recipe next time I make it and see how it turns out. I'll definitely check out your new recipe.


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