Honey Whole Wheat Bread:
There is nothing quite like homemade bread. It is cozy, comforting, and delicious. This bread is made from scratch, and has great flavor and texture. You will love how easy to make this whole wheat bread is. So get baking!
Honey Whole Wheat Bread, made from scratch, including grinding the wheat. Obviously that is optional, but as much as it, sounds like a big endeavor, you will love how simple it truly is.
I have a friend who makes amazing bread. Not too long ago she made me this amazing honey whole wheat bread. She gave me several loaves, and I devoured them.
When she gave them to me, and I had them in my car as I drove home. It was a 45 minute drive, and I could smell them. The whole drive I was anxious to break into the bread. It had my mouth watering.
Of course, as soon as I got home I dug in. I slathered slices in honey butter, ate it plain, warmed it up and ate it with jam, toasted it, used French butter, had a sandwich with the whole wheat bread, and ate it alongside my soup.
Basically I was in carb heaven for a couple days.
I don’t actually eat a lot of bread normally. We don’t buy it that often, and when we do, it usually goes moldy before we get it all used up. I know, I know. Bread is delicious. But the thing is, I grew up eating homemade bread, and the stuff I get in the grocery store aisles doesn’t usually compare, and I don’t live super near a great bakery for getting homemade honey whole wheat.
I think we can all agree that homemade trumps not homemade.
However, since I do not have a bread machine, and I am a little lazy, I rarely make my own bread. When I do, I go for the 7 minute crockpot version, which is so super easy but not whole wheat, and not nearly as soft and pillowy as this bread is. So when my friend told me that this Honey Whole Wheat Bread recipe was easy to make, I had to share it with you guys.
She grinds her own wheat when she makes it, but you don’t have to do that, you can buy whole wheat flour. I recommend the Bob’s Red Mill version, as I have always had the best luck with it, and it is seriously yummy. If you want to grind your own wheat and have a KitchenAid stand mixer you can get an Grain Mill attachment. Thiswill fit all household KitchenAid stand mixers.
Vital Wheat Gluten
You may notice a few random ingredients in this recipe. One is Vital Wheat Gluten. I want to explain what it is, and why you might want to buy a bag of it, and use it in this recipe. But I also want to assure you, this recipe works without it. Vital wheat gluten is made from wheat flour that was hydrated to activate the gluten, then processed to remove everything but that gluten. Then it is dried and turned into a powder.
This Honey Whole Wheat Bread is warm, comforting, and delicious. It is pillowy soft, smells amazing while baking, and after, and has a texture and taste you won’t be able to quit. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- 2 3/4 cup warm water 90-100°
- 1 tablespoons SAF yeast
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoons Vital Wheat Gluten optional
- 1 tablespoons Dough Enhancer optional
- 5 1/2-6 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour I prefer Bob's Red Mill (divided)
- 1 tablespoons salt
- In stand mixer add water, yeast, oil, honey, applesauce, gluten*, dough enhancer* and 2 cups of wheat flour.
- Using a dough hook, mix until incorporated.
- Turn to lowest speed and add salt and remaining flour, 1/2 cup of flour at a time until the dough scrapes away from the edges. The total amount of flour may vary based on where you are, humidity etc.
- Once the bowl edges are clean, continue to knead on low speed for six minutes. If you skip the gluten and the dough enhancer, knead for even longer. You want to knead until you can touch the dough, and your finger pulls away clean.
- Remove and shape into two loaves. Place loaves into greased loaf pans.
- Let rise until doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes, and bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until an internal temperature reaches 200°
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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