Monday, March 31, 2014

Honey Whole Wheat Bread {SRC}



Today is the day for The Secret Recipe Club reveal.  This month I was assigned Food.Baby.Life. written by Susan. Susan lives in Australia and has been blogging for 5 years.  She has 3 boys all under the age of 5.  Susan loves to bake and I really admire the changes she made to her family's diet by eliminating sugar and processed foods.  She tries to make her own condiments as much as possible...that is a great achievement!  After browsing through her recipes I decided to make her Whole Wheat Loaves.  We were out of bread and I haven't yet tried to make a Whole Wheat Bread before.

As with all things made with yeast there is a lot of time spent waiting for the dough to rise.  So this was perfect to make during the March Break.  I love to bake bread and love how it makes the home smell.  The recipe is originally from Julia Child.  When Bilal saw I had baked bread he immediately had to have a taste.  He then insisted I make his burger for dinner with the bread instead of a bun.  The recipe uses Malt Extract which I don't have so I just used more honey which gave it a wonderful flavour.  I also made half the recipe.  The recipe below gives one loaf.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Adapted from Baking with Julia via Food.Baby.Life.

1 cup plus 2 tbsp warm water (105 F to 115 F), divided
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsp honey, divided
1 3/4 cup bread flour
1 1/2 whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp canola
1 1/2 tsp salt

To the bowl of a mixer fitted with the dough hook, add 1/4 cup of the water.  Add the yeast and 2 tbsp of honey.  Whisk to combine and let sit for 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl combine the bread and whole wheat flour.

To the mixer add the remaining water (3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp), oil, 1 1/2 tsp honey and half of the flour mixture.  Turn the mixer on and off a few times to combine the ingredients. This prevents the flour from flying all over.

With the mixer on low, add the remaining flour.  Increase the speed to medium until the dough comes together.  If the dough is not coming together add a tbsp or 2 of flour.  Add the salt and continue to beat on medium speed for about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic (mine was done in under 4 minutes).

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball.  Put in a lightly greased bowl  and cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Let rise until doubled in size (1 - 1 1/2 hours).

Grease a loaf pan.  I used cooking spray.

Deflate the dough and transfer to a lightly floured surface.  Pat to a 9" x 12" rectangle.  With the shorter side facing you fold in thirds like a letter.  Pinch the seams.  Turn 90 degrees and again fold like a letter and pinch the seams.  Shape into a loaf size.  I picked up my dough and dropped it to help shape it.  I got the idea from this video.  Not sure if this was a good idea to do but it was fun!

Put shaped loaf into prepared pan.  Grease a piece of plastic wrap (I used the one from the first rise) and cover the pan.  Allow to rise at room temperature for about 1 hour or until the loaf has doubled in size and has grown over the top of the pan.

In the middle of the second rise, preheat the oven to 375 F.

Bake the bread for 30-35 minutes or until golden.  Remove the loaf from the pan and allow to cool on a cooking rack.

To store the bread it is recommended to keep in a brown paper bag once cooled for a day or two.  Once the bread has been sliced store it standing on the cut side covered with a kitchen towel.  For freezing it is recommended to wrap the bread airtight and then freeze.  Thaw at room temperature in the wrapping.  I would suggest to eat the bread within a day or two for best taste.

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32 comments:

  1. I can smell that bread right through the screen!

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  2. Homemade bread is such a great treat - had to laugh as I did a honey wholewheat version for my SRC reveal this month too - great minds ;D

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  3. I love to make bread, and this looks sooooo good. Pinning this to make it as soon as I get my new oven installed.

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  4. that looks really healthy and delcious... love the slight sweet flavor of the honey...

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  5. this looks fabulous and I just made Whole Wheat Bread for the first time last weekend. Definitely going to try. Thanks! Fellow Group D Member

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  6. I haven't made this type of bread in a while, so it's nice to be reminded of how wonderful it is....

    have a great Reveal Day!

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  7. Looks wonderful! Absolutely love fresh bread.

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  8. I love a fresh loaf of bread. So good! Great SRC pick this month.

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  9. I can almost smell that one through the screen - beautiful and my mouth is watering! :) Great pick!!

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  10. I made homemade bread for the first time for SRC last month and I loved it!! I am definitely looking to try more variations and this one sounds great! I love knowing it isn't full of processed junk!

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  11. Your bread looks great! Homemade bread is tons better than store bought!
    Btw, I had no idea that malt extract can be replaced with honey. I've got to keep that in mind for next time I want to make something with malt extract in it.

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  12. Honestly I didn't know malt extract could be substituted with honey either. The blog I got the website from substituted treacle for the malt extract and the only place I have ever heard of treacle is Harry Potter so I just decided to use more honey :)

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  13. I've had whole wheat bread on my must try list and love the idea of the honey!

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  14. Your bread looks incredible. There is nothing like home baked yeast bread! Great pick for SRC.
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  15. I love honey whole wheat bread. This is very similar to the recipe I use. Great pick!!

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  16. There is nothing better than fresh baked homemade bread. Great pick this month :)

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  17. Great pick! It's hard to get better than fresh baked bread.

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  18. We adore homemade bread here..this look amazing! Beautiful photos..great choice!

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  19. there is nothing like fresh bread!!! love to make it, love to eat it even more!

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  20. Nothing beats a warm slice of homemade bread with butter and jam:) Yum and great pick! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  21. Beautiful bread! Warm with butter and jam is how I envision eating it :)

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  22. Wow bread looks so soft and yummy .Such a nice challenge .

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  23. Great selection ... as always!

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  24. It's been a long time since I attempted to bake bread, usually with great failure. This seems like a simple enough loaf to try out. Will pin for later!

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  25. Your bread is simply gorgeous, and I love the substitution for the hamburger bun!

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  26. Is there anything better than the smell of break baking? This is a beautiful looking loaf of bread.

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  27. Looks gorgeous! Great idea to add more honey. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  28. bread looks wonderful I don't use bread flour not sure if it would turn like yours if I try with all purpose flour? :)

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  29. What a wonderful recipe. Is there anything better than homemade bread?

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  30. Beautiful bread! Warm with butter and jam is how I envision eating it :)

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