Mom's Whole Wheat Bread

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.