Confession. I neglected my sourdough starter…so while I’m starting over with a fresh batch of sourdough starter, I’m using this good ol’ standby bread recipe. I love this recipe. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s forgiving. Perfect set of qualities in a bread recipe, am I right? Oh, and let’s not forget that it’s delicious. I have a hard time keeping it around because my kids eat it up so quickly! Ok, I’m right there inhaling it with them…
One thing I absolutely love about this recipe is that it’s so flexible. I’ve used all whole wheat flour, I’ve used a combination of whole and bread flours. I’ve used brown sugar, and I’ve used honey. I’ve used melted butter, coconut oil, and even olive oil! I’ve used my kitchen aid, and I’ve used a wooden spoon and my hands. And even with all that variation, it always turns out delicious. So my friends, it’s hard to screw this recipe up. Use what you have, and experiment! But most of all, enjoy!
Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups warm water (approximately 110 degrees)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dry active yeast
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 6 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Step 1: Dissolve yeast in water. Add oil and honey. Mix to combine.
- Step 2: Add 2 cups of the flour and salt. Mix to combine.
- Step 3: Add remaining flour one cup at a time, mixing between additions, until the dough holds together and is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl.
- Step 4: Knead the dough. (You can do this by hand or with a mixer. When I use my kitchen aid I let it knead for about 10 minutes.)
- Step 5: Divide the dough in half and form into two loaves. Place loaves into well grease loaf pans.
- Step 6: Cover and let rise in a warm place for 25-30 minutes. (I usually turn on my oven to the lowest setting and once it's preheated I turn it off and then let the loaves sit in there).
- Step 7: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and bake the loaves for 25-30 minutes. Tap the top of the loaves with the handle of a spoon to test if it's done - if it is you should hear a hollow sound.
- Step 8: Allow to cool in bread pan for 3-5 minutes and then remove them from the pans and allow to cool completely before slicing. (...or you could be like us and risk burning yourself to munch on fresh-out-of-the-oven bread...but I'd never tell you to do that...)