Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ho-Made© Bread Recipe (My Standard Everyday Loaf)

I am not a bread maker type of girl. Its very very satisfying to punch down the dough and let it rise and see how bread forms. Im just too old fashioned I guess! I also dont need another appliance to take care off...This is much easier.

Ho-Made© Bread Recipe (My Standard Everyday Loaf)

3-1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Floour
1 pack Platinum Yeast
2 Cups water
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup melted butter

Measure 3-1/2 cups of Whole Wheat flour into a plastic bowl
Add 1/4 cup of powdered milk & 1 teaspoons salt, stir set aside.

Put the dough hooks on your stand mixer then put 1 handfuls of sugar into the glass bowl on your mixer ....

Heat 2 cups water to 100-115 (test with a thermometer not your finger!)
Put 1/4 a cup into the bowl with the sugar and then sprinkle on 1 packs of yeast, and stir to dissolve.
Let sit till it bubbles or foams.

While the yeast is "proofing"

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a plastic bowl in a microwave, til its just melted.

Pour honey into a 1/4 cup measuring cup till you have 1 centimeter room at the top, then level off with molasses (shown above) add this to the butter. Stir well, Add 1 cups of the warm water and mix well.
I find that this amount of both results in a perfect loaf, with perfect flavor. not as bitter as some ALL molasses loaves.

When the yeast is proofed, add the honey mixture, and then turn on the mixer on low, then slowly add the flour, and then slowly turn the power up to high and scrape the sides as you turn the bowl.

You want this sticky dough as shown above. If its not sticky add a little leftover warm water, mix and scrape, repeat till it matches my dough above. I find that this results in a loaf that has the same texture as store bought hearty whole wheat, but with all the headiness of a homemade loaf.

Machine "Knead" for 5-8 minutes.

Spray a large plastic bowl with olive oil Pam and dump the dough in and carefully turn it over so its all oiled, cover with a clean towel and place in a warm place ( I put it in my over stove microwave, the lights underneath generate just enough warmth to rise the dough sufficiently.

Let rise for 2 hours. (or Ive actually let it rise for 6 hours in a pinch)

Take the bowl out, punch the dough with your hand till it deflates, put the dough evenly into a Pam sprayed loaf pan.

Re-cover with a towel and put in a warm place.

Let it re-rise till the top is overflowing the pan. Usually 1 hour.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Then bake till a thermometer inserted inside the center reads 190 degrees.

Cool out of the pan on its side, or slice a warm slice and eat with butter.

After its cool store in a plastic bag.