February 18, 2016
This recipe makes a lot – three loafs! If you’re worried you won't go through that much bread relatively quickly, don’t worry! You can freeze the other two.
1In a large bowl, dissolve warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey or sugar.
2Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
3Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey or sugar, and salt.
4Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead (a great stress reliever!) with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch – about 6-8 minutes. NOTE: This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour.
5Place dough in a greased bowl, flip so the bottom (which touched the grease) is on top. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled – about 2-3 hrs.
6Punch down, and divide dough into thirds.
7Grease 3, 9 x 5 inch loaf pans (using a cooking spray or butter). Place each dough section into the greased pan and allow to rise for about another 30 minutes.
8Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes – if you knock on the bread, it should sound hollow.
9Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard.
10Cool completely before slicing or storing in refrigerator or freezer.
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