February 23, 2012

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

From My 3 Monsters

4-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups wheat flour, divided
4-1/2 tsp. yeast
3/8 cup wheat gluten
3 cups hot water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey
4-1/2 tsp. dough enhancer*
3 tsp. salt

1.  Place 4-1/2 cups wheat flour, yeast, and wheat gluten in mixer.  Mix for 1 minute.  Add hot water and mix for another minute.  Cover and let rise until dough is pretty close to the top of the bowl (about 15 minutes.)

2.  Add olive oil, honey, salt, and dough enhancer.  Turn on mixer.  Add about 1 more cup of flour (a little at a time)  until dough begins to pull away from the sides and it isn't super sticky.  It is better to add less flour than too much.

3.  Knead dough in mixer 7 to 10 minutes.  Turn oven on to 170℉.  Lightly oil your hands and divide into 2 or 3 portions.  Form into loaves and put in greased pans. 

4.  Put into warm oven to raise for 25 minutes.  Then without even touching the pans turn oven up to 350℉ and bake for 20 to 25 minutes more.  Place on wire rack to cool.  Swipe top with butter when hot if desired.

*If you can't find dough enhancer click on the link above for a recipe.

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