Sunday, November 7, 2010

Honey Wheat Bread from Mushroom's Kitchen

I know I have been promising to post this bread recipe for awhile now.  My apologies for it taking so long to do.  My friend Mushroom made this bread a few weeks ago and I have to say it is one of the best Honey Wheat Breads that I have EVER had.  There are quite a few ingredient's in it but trust me, it is well worth trying.  We made 3 large loaves from this and it was gone in just a few days! (Like 3 1/2)  Super Yummy!

Honey Wheat Bread
5 cups unbleached bread flour
4 cups fresh ground white wheat flour
¼ cup ground flax seed
¼ cup oat flour
¼ cup barley flour
2 tblsp wheat germ
4 cups milk
1/3 cup lard
2 tblsp Kosher salt
½ cup honey
1 tblsp sugar
2 tblsp yeast

Mix all dry ingredients except sugar and yeast till well blended. Heat milk and
remove ½ cup for yeast. Add yeast and sugar to milk and set aside to proof. Add
lard, honey and salt to milk and stir to melt lard. When yeast is proofed and lard is
melted add together and pour into dry ingredients. Stir till a batter is made and all
ingredients are incorporated. Dump out onto heavily floured board and knead till
smooth and not too stiff. Do not add too much flour. Should be a fairly loose dough.
Put into a turkey roaster to rise with the cover on. When the dough rises to top of
pan, cut into 3 or 4 pieces and shape into loaves. Cover loaves and let rise till
doubled again. Bake in preheated 375 oven for 40 minutes or till nicely browned
and browned on bottom. It may brown a bit too dark easily, so keep a close eye on it the last 5 minutes or so. Dump out of loaf pans onto cooling racks. Makes 3 large or 4 medium loaves.

Note from Mushroom : This is the bread we made a while back that everyone liked.  If you sift out half of the bran, it will rise lighter.  Bran is heavy and will hold down the bread and make it denser.  Remember that whole wheat flour absorbs moisture more slowly than white flour so don't rush it. 


Give it a try!  If you have any questions or comments for Mushroom, or a topic  you would like for her to address, please leave a comment here. 

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