I tried out a new bread recipe today from The Happy Housewife that I have in my Evernote account. It was for a basic whole wheat bread. The only changes I made were to use a combo of whole wheat and white flour. One loaf is already gone and the second is half gone. I guess there are no words needed on whether or not it tasted good.
The only negative is that it pretty much killed my cheapo Sunbeam stand mixer. Maybe someday I’ll get one of the beautiful Kitchen Aid mixers…until then…it’ll be kneading and mixing by hand. Which is not really such a terrible thing….
Here is the recipe:
Whole Wheat Bread
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (less than 1 cent)
- 1/3 cup olive oil ($0.44)
- 1/3 cup honey ($0.94)
- 2 tsp salt ($0.02)
- 2 Tbs Lecithin (optional)
- 1 Tbs gluten ($0.08)
- 4-4 1/2 freshly milled hard white wheat flour ($0.80)
- 1 Tbs yeast ($0.12)
Mix together all the liquids. Add yeast, salt, and gluten. Slowly add in flour. Knead for 10 minutes. Cover and let rest until doubled.
Roll out and place in bread pans. Let rise until doubled.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
For a smooth top brush with butter immediately after taking the bread out of the oven.
A few notes about homemade bread. The elevation and temperature/ humidity of your home can affect the bread’s rising time. Do not let the bread sit in the pan after it is cooked. The steam from the bread will gather around the bottom of the bread in the pan and make it soggy.
This recipe makes 2 pounds of bread or one long loaf and one mini loaf.