Apr 25, 2012

Homemade Bread

I make homemade bread here at the Benjamin house for my family. We hardly ever buy a loaf of bread anymore. And when we do, it's always disappointing. We've gotten spoiled. Everyone who tries my bread loves it. It makes the house smell so good all day. I usually bake it on a morning when we aren't going anywhere since it takes about 3 hours total. Putting it together is quick and easy. Letting it rise for an hour. Then punching it down (my favorite part), separating it into loaf pans, and then letting it rise for another hour before baking it for 30 minutes. It's an easy recipe that I thought I would share with you. This recipe is originally from the Kitchen Aid Mixture Handbook but I've modified it a bit.

Source: google.com via Barb on Pinterest

I hope that you will try it. Let me know what you think.
Whole Grain Wheat Bread

• 1/2 Cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 2 cups warm water
• 2 packages active dry yeast
• 5-6 cups 100% White Whole Wheat Trader Joe's Flour
• 3/4 Milk
• 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
• 1/3 Olive Oil

Dissolve 1 tablespoon brown sugar in warm water in small bowl. Add yeast. Stir till dissolved. Let mixture stand. It will start foaming when yeast is working.

Place 4 cups flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and salt in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and dough hook to mixer. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 15 seconds. Continuing on Speed 2 gradually add milk, yeast mixture, and oil to flour mixture and mix about 1 1/2 minutes longer. Stop and scrape bowl if necessary.

Continuing on Speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix about 2 minutes, or until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on Speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.

Note: Dough may not form a ball on hook. However, as long as hook comes in contact with dough, kneading will be accomplished. Do not add more than the maximum amount of flour specified or a dry loaf will result.

Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down and divide in half. Place in 2 greased 8x4x2 inch baking pans. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.

Don't you love all the photos of bread?

1 comment:

  1. Every word is true! I got started baking this bread after my visit in March. It truely is the best bread and all our friends love it. Thank you Lesh for being a great example to your mom and teaching me how to bake homemade bread. I love you.