Homemade Bread

Well, I’m finally happy with my 100% whole wheat flour bread! I’m going to post the recipe here for you, so you won’t have to wait for my website. :D I’ve broken the recipe down so that it’ll be easier to make different quantities as I know most of you don’t need to make 4-6 loaves of bread for one week. :D

One Loaf

1 c. warm water

1 t. yeast

3 T. oil or melted butter

3 T. honey

1 egg

1 ¼ c. ww flour

1/8 c. wheat gluten

½ t. sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and beat for a few minutes. Cover and let sponge for an hour or two. Mix/knead in 2 more cups of flour and shape into a loaf. Place in buttered loaf pan and cover. Let rise until double.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Take out of loaf pan immediately and cool on rack.

Generally speaking, you can just double/triple/quadruple that recipe. However, I only use two eggs in a 4 loaf batch. That’s about the only thing that changes… since it would be rather bizarre to require ½ an egg in a recipe. :P

For your convenience, here’s a recipe for the amount I make.

Four Loaves

4 c. warm water

4 t. yeast

¾ c. oil or melted butter

¾ c. honey

2 eggs

5 c. flour

¾ c. wheat gluten

1 t. sea salt

Follow directions above only add 6-8 cups more flour. A regular Kitchen Aid will not knead this much, so I turn it out on a board and knead it by hand until it’s the right consistence. Cut dough into equal parts and form into loaves.

To make awesome Raisin bread, take a formed loaf and roll out into a strip the length of your bread pans and as long as you can get it. Press raisins into dough (the rolling pin works well for this), sprinkle with cinnamon and roll up tightly. Press the seam together, but leave the ends of the loaf alone. Place in pans and let rise and bake as usual.

There are too many variations that you can make with one bread recipe. One of my Dad’s favorites is Jalapeno Cheese. Instead of raisins and cinnamon, press diced fresh jalapeno (or canned chopped jalapenos, or dried and re-hydrated jalapenos) into the dough and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Other variations are not limited to ~

Fresh raspberries and cinnamon

Green Olives and cheese

Green onions and Parmesan

Garlic and pepper

Nuts and seeds

Dried cranberries and orange zest

And there you go! Have fun with it!

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