I’m not a good cook! However, when our boys were small and we homeschooled, I cooked a lot. Sean and I were concerned with the hormones and added chemicals in the food supply, so we tried to feed our boys as much natural food as possible. That motivation led us to do lots of unusual things… like buying and milking a goat and raising chickens.
In my search for healthy food, I found this really good bread recipe. It was easy enough for me to cook, which is a big deal since my cooking endeavors often end in horror stories… like the time I accidentally exploded boiled eggs all over our kitchen (thankfully there are no boiled eggs in this recipe). And, the bread tastes really good!
It is somewhat time consuming, since you have to let the bread rise twice, so I try to make the bread on days when I have several hours at home. Luckily, you don’t have to babysit it! Just set the bowl aside and let it work (rise, expand, etc.), while you do YOUR work!
I hope this recipe will help you avoid the rat race at the grocery store and make your life a little easier! Enjoy the bread!
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 -25 ounce packages of dry yeast
- 5 cups of bread flour
- 2 or so cups of whole wheat flour
- Mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 of a cup of honey. Add 5 cups of white flour and stir. Let sit for 30 minutes. The dough should get sort of bubbly and should expand.
- Mix in three tablespoons of melted butter, another 1/3 of a cup of honey, and 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir in 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Flour a surface (I use regular all-purpose flour for this part) and knead the bread, covering the outside with the flour. The dough should be just a little sticky!
- Place in a greased bowl and cover with a dishtowel. Let the dough rise in a warm place until it doubles. When I was homeschooling I would set the bowl on our fireplace.
- Punch the dough down and divide it into three loaves. Place the dough in greased loaf pans and let the dough rise again.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. I cut pieces of butter and place them on top of the bread right before it is done. Then, put the loaves back into the oven for another 3 to 5 minutes until the butter melts and coats the top.
- EAT :)!!!
I did not create this recipe, but rather got it off of a website 8 or 10 years ago. I wish that I could give proper credit to the creator!