I love it when I make time to make bread. There's something about warm bread that none of us can resist...or can you?? I've been making a bread recipe from my friend Sierra for the most part, but decided to branch out this time. I'd pinned this recipe a while ago and it was totally worth it!
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
from Eat Cake for Dinner & Find It, Love It, Share It
3 Tbsp instant yeast
4 c. warm water
1 cup honey
8-9 cups whole wheat flour (I ground mine myself)
3 tsp salt
1/2-1 cup optional add-ins (I added 1/2 cup quick oatmeal. You can add sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds, etc)
Combine yeast, water, and honey. Let sit for 5 minutes or until frothy and bubbly.
Add salt, add-ins, and 5 cups flour. Mix.
Add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until you get a soft dough. You want the dough to just pull away from the sides of the bowl. The softer the dough, the more moist the bread. But if it's too sticky, it's a little gummy. Knead for 4 minutes on low.
Grease a large bowl and put your dough ball in and cover. Let rise until double. I probably let mine sit for at least an hour.
Punch down and shape into loaves. Put into greased loaf pans (I made 3 loaves from this, but probably could have made 2 larger loaves) and let rise again until doubled.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
*Note that sometimes bread needs more or less flour, so adjust to what your batch needs.
And when it's done, you can smear it with some warm (or cold) Apple Butter! Seriously, you'll be trying to make up excuses to eat more.