Honey Whole Wheat Bread

You know you’ve matured when you reach for the whole-wheat bread over Wonder Bread white bread.  My sister and I like to tease my mom that we *never* got to eat white bread, UNTIL our little brother (aka the baby!) was of age to start making requests. At which time Captain Crunch, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Crunch also showed up. We tease, but it’s true!  So very true!

I can honestly say, I have not bought one loaf of white bread since moving out of my parents home several years ago. Sourdough bread doesn’t count. 😉  I always buy Orowheat Whole Grain Whole Wheat bread. Why? Because that’s what my mom bought BA (before Andrew! :)).  Quite honestly, whether it’s a PB&J, toasted BLT or a crisp, buttery grilled cheese – it all tastes better on whole-wheat. In my opinion.

I was inspired to try my hand at making my own bread after receiving an email from an old friend a few days back that started off, “I baked bread for the first time this afternoon and the smell of the bread baking in the oven brought back memories of your mom making those braided breads and being in your house as a kid… aw, it makes me smile!”  Hearing this made me smile. 🙂  Whether you personally know me or are learning from my posts, I’m pretty sentimental and have very strong family ties. Nothing fills me with more joy than to be with my family and closest friends.  When not in their company, the next best thing is to reminisce about the “good ol’ days”.  Doing things that remind me of those special moments.  Sharing those moments with long-time friends have created inseparable bonds. 🙂

So today, I made a few loaves of whole wheat bread!

Ready to make my first loaves of bread!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

3 1/2 cups warm water, 100 degrees to 110 degrees
3 tablespoons honey
2 packets active dry yeast
4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons salt
Canola oil, for bowls, plastic wrap and pans

1. Combine warm water, honey and yeast in a large liquid-measuring cup. Stir until dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

Warm water, honey and yeast

2. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of the bread flour, the whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and salt.  Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture.  Stir with a wooden spoon, gradually drawing in the flour until well combined.

Bread Flour, Whole Wheat Flour and Salt whisked together

Flour mixed with yeast mixture

3. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead in the remaining 1/2 cup bread flour a little at a time until dough is smooth and elastic, 10 to 15 minutes.  Place in a lightly oiled bowl.  Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap.  Transfer to a warm place, and let rise until double its original size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Ready to knead

Ready to rise

4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in center.  Brush two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans with canola oil.  Remove the plastic wrap from the dough.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and punch down.  Divide dough into two equal pieces.  Flatten one piece of dough into an oval and roll up lengthwise.  Place the roll, seam-side down, into a prepared pan. Repeat process with second piece.  Cover with oiled plastic wrap.  Place the loaves in a warm place and let rise again until doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes.

It has risen!

Beat down

Bread dough divided

Loaved up!

Rising again

5. Bake until deep golden brown, 50 to 60 minutes (the loaves will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom).  Transfer pans to a rack and let cool 5 minutes.  Invert the loaves onto the rack to cool completely.

Going in the oven..

Honey Whole Wheat Bread HOT out of the oven!

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2 thoughts on “Honey Whole Wheat Bread

  1. I tried a Julian Child recipe similar to yours (minus wheat germ) half the portion. The yeast did not bubble like yours. The dough is very dry and looks nothing like yours. I don’t mind dense bread, hopr this one will rise! Waiting for the first rise.

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