Monday, September 27, 2010

Mmmm...Monday - Yummy Homemade Bread

Remember awhile back I had a post The Best Bread Ever!? Well I was wrong! I found a better one. I got this one from Deals To Meals.

It soooo good. My hubby decided he didn't like the bread I was making. "It's to dry...and falls apart when I cut it for lunch!" (winny voice over)
What ever! But I decided to look for a new recipie.
One afternoon last week I made three recipies of bread. Two of them worked out and my hubby did a tast/crumble test. He approved of both and all was right in the word. (sarcasm!) This is the one I am making currently. The other I will share later.
You can go to the link to see the original recipie that makes four loaves. I have halved it here and it works great.

Emilie's Whole Wheat Bread - Makes 2 loaves.

3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (grind your own if you have a wheat grinder)
1/3 c. vital wheat gluten
1 1/4 T. instant yeast

2 1/2 c. steaming hot water

1 T. salt
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. honey or 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/4 T. bottled lemon juice

2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook. Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough.

Pre-heat oven for 1 minute to lukewarm and turn off. Turn dough onto oiled counter top; divide, shape into 2 loaves place in oiled bread pans. Let rise in warm oven for 10-15 minutes (approximately...mine takes 40 minutes in Las Vegas) until dough reaches top of pan. Do not remove bread from oven; turn oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks.
**Another tip..when the dough is put into the bread pans, squish the dough softly into the corners of your bread loaf pans. This will make your bread cook more evenly and not have the large lump in the middle of your loaf.

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