The two potential titles for this post were “Rise of the Unbread” and “Don’t Lick the Hand That Feeds You”. Both were thought of by Steve. I would say it was likely the proudest moment of his day.
In the past 24 hours, I have “accomplished” many things. Accomplished is in quotes because these are only true achievements based on your definition of “accomplishment”. First, I did a little bit of this while watching Glee:
Seriously, it was exactly like that. I also think I broke my hip while “running fast for my mother and running fast for my father.” Apparently 21 is too old to be doing that.
Then Steve and I sang “Take On Me” by A-Ha. Three times. Really loud.
Oh, and you know that little bundle of trouble and cuteness that we like to call Harley? Yeah, I almost killed her today. Maybe she should be smart enough to know that if there is bread rising on the counter, she shouldn’t try to eat it. Just saying, cat. Yeast isn’t for eating, that is what hands are for.
Whole Wheat Bread
- 3 Cups Warm Water
- 2 (.25 oz) Packages Active Dry Yeast
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 5 Cups Bread Flour
- 3 Tbs Butter, Melted
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1 Tbs Salt
- 3 ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 Tbs Butter, Melted
- In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
- Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
- Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely
Oh, I forgot step #5!
5. Eat entire loaf of bread. I know that I don’t plan to do anything like that tonight 🙂