Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wheat Bread Wednesday

Tasha and I tried out a friends wheat bread recipe last Wednesday. It makes a TON! 5 loaves to be exact, although we could probably reduce that to 4 and make them larger. The thing is, it is the SIMPLEST recipe I have ever tried. I'll be making it again this Wednesday at high noon if anyone is interested in learning, helping, watching, or just eating. (The eating doesn't come until about 2/2:30, but beware, I leave at 3pm to pick Kyra up for school.) Come one, come all... and bring me a loaf pan or 2, I'll even let you take some home.

Here's the recipe...

Amy's (SUPER EASY) Wheat Bread

Dissolve: 3 TBLS yeast into 5 cups of warm water then add:
2/3 cup of oil
2/3 cup of honey
2 TBLS lemon juice
1 TBLS salt
8 cups whole wheat flour
3-4 cups white flour

I add the flour in 2 steps (a half at a time, with the salt in the first half). Knead it. Let it rise. Divide it into 5 parts and place into greased loaf pans. I then placed 2 loaves in the oven, turned it on to 350 and set the timer for 40 minutes. Fabulous! I then took the 2 loaves out, placed the other 3 in (which had risen to the top of the pan by this point), and baked them for 40 minutes.

I KNOW! This doesn't make sense. There is no way to go wrong here. Maybe I'll go into business. What did Sara say a good loaf of bread was going for $2.50?


Amanda said...

I need to try this recipe. I think I will try and scale it down, though...

Good job kneading all of it... I have been using my kitchenaid for a long time!!!

The Turley Times said...

You make it sound so easy. Maybe I'll actually break down and put my Bosch to good use!

The Turley Times said...

Oh, and you forgot to add the corn syrup solids, (actual ingredient in my Fresh and Easy loaf of whole wheat bread...I'd buy yours in a heartbeat!)

H said...

Scale all you want but do it by hand! I wrote on the recipe when Amy gave it to me, "the stickier the better, but able to handle it". We mixed most of it in the bowl with a spoon which you can't do with most bread doughs. (And by "we", I mean me and Tasha)

It doesn't sound easy, it is easy. Bring the kids and let them do it!

btg said...

There is nothing like home baked bread, and this bread was good!

Crystal said...

Now I just need your orange chocolate chip cookie recipe. That was great too.

H said...

Wheat Bread Update: I've found that after I add all the flour and get it to the stage that I can kneed it comfortably (adding flour to the surface, and maybe another cup?), it is still pretty sticky. I started using oil on the counter and on my hands after all the flour was kneeded in. This works like a charm!!! I also oil the bowl that I let it rise in so it falls out nicely.

I've also found that I like to use at least half of the recipe for rolls. I can make 4 dozen with the whole recipe, or 2 dozen and 2 loaves of bread. Just oil your hands to make the rolling easier. YUM! Butter the tops when they are done cooking.