Mom's Whole Wheat Bread - Finding Joy in My Kitchen
Yields 2 large loaves
4 C white wheat flour
3 C red wheat (or "regular") whole wheat flour
3 tsp. salt
1/3 C honey
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
2 3/4 C warm water
1/4 C olive oil
To make the bread without a bread machine, begin by mixing the warm water
and yeast together in a large bowl. I used the bowl of my kitchen aid mixer.
Allow these ingredients to sit together for 2-3 minutes.
Then, add in the honey, salt and olive oil.
Next, slowly add the flour while you stir (or, while your mixer stirs).
Mix until all the flour is incorporated.
Knead for 5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.
If you knead by hand, you may need to add a little more flour
to prevent the dough from being sticky.
I used my mixer and didn't need to add any more flour.
Cover, and allow the bread to rise for about 1 hour (or until doubled).
Punch the dough down and then shape in to loaves.
Place the loaves in a lightly greased loaf pan, and cover.
Allow them to rise again for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Then, bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes until crust is lightly browned
and bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped.