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Easy Wheat Bread

easy wheat bread

By now I probably don’t have to go into detail about my love for bread.  I have enough breadish posts, after all. 😀. I guess I just can’t help it. I’m a fresh bread fiend.

When I see people loading their shopping carts with precut, dry bread, it brings a little tear to my eye.  Haha.  If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s a boring sandwich.  And if you’re going to have a good sammie, you need good bread.  It’s the building block, the Lego. Although, making Legos would be kind of hard…

😉

One of my favorite coffee shop/diners makes their own bread.  And their big motto is that life is too short to eat bad bread.  This is pretty much a motto I can live by, how about you?

easy wheat bread

Now, I love all kinds of bread.  This chick has never met a carb she doesn’t like.  I’m the one who has a Thanksgiving plate filled mostly with mashed potatoes and stuffing, thank you very much. 🎉. But for everyday purposes, I like to get my wheat on. It just helps me feel a tad bit better about my diet.

So this bread is half wheat, half all purpose. Perfect for people who want the hearty nature of wheat, but love the fluffiness of white.  And if this is your first time at the bread rodeo, this is a great recipe for you.  It’s based on a wheat bread recipe from The Kitchn, and is the kind that isn’t too overwhelming for first time bread makers.  So that means everyone can have good bread!  🎈 Huzzah!  And there was much rejoicing throughout the kingdom!😎

Happy bread making!

easy wheat bread

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Wheat Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 2¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the water and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let it set for a few minutes so the yeast can develop. Stir in the milk, honey, and oil.
  2. Add two cups of the all purpose flour and the salt, then stir to combine.
  3. Add the rest of the all purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Stir together until a rough dough forms.
  4. Let this dough sit for 20 minutes so it can fully absorb the liquid.
  5. Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead the dough for 8-9 minutes. You can also knead by hand.
  6. If the dough seems overly sticky, add flour 1 tbsp. at a time until it is no longer sticky. The dough is ready when it is slightly tacky and springs back when poked.
  7. Oil a bowl and place the ball of dough in it, turning it around so it's covered in oil.
  8. Cover the bowl and set it in a warm spot until the dough has doubled, about 1 to 1½ hours.
  9. Sprinkle flour on your counter and divide the dough in two. Roll each hall into a ball and allow to set for ten minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
  11. Shape each ball of dough into a loaf and transfer to the pans. Allow the loaves to rise until they start to dome over the pan, about 30-40 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F while the bread is rising.
  13. Slash the tops of the loaves with a knife and put them in the oven. Immediately turn the oven temperature down to 375 degrees F. and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

 

 

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry October 20, 2015, 5:23 pm

    I totally agree! Life is too short for bad bread. Homemade is the way to go.

    • Amanda October 21, 2015, 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Nicole. If you’re going to have a good time, you need to have a good sandwich. Haha.

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks October 20, 2015, 9:45 pm

    Ooooh! I love making homemade bread! For me it’s more about stress relief and it turns out kind of dense, but yours is so fluffy! I’m totally going to try your version.

    • Amanda October 21, 2015, 2:35 pm

      Thanks, Rachelle! I hope you like it!

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen October 21, 2015, 5:47 am

    Completely agree, life is too short to have a bad bread. This whole-wheat bread looks so easy and delish.

    • Amanda October 21, 2015, 2:36 pm

      Thank you! Nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread. 🙂

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary October 22, 2015, 2:30 pm

    Giiirl, I love that coffee shops motto – life is too short to eat bad bread! That is awesome and I totally agree! AND you are right, a sandwich isn’t a sandwich unless it’s on some killer bread! Loving this one you are sharing here! I dig the wheat/white combination!! I mean, what is better than the best of both worlds? Genius! Cheers, my dear! <3

    • Amanda October 23, 2015, 12:23 pm

      Thank you so much! The half whole wheat, half all purpose flour combo makes it so nice and fluffy. Thanks, dear!

  • Michele @ Two Raspberries October 22, 2015, 7:53 pm

    I have never made my own loaf of bread before! this sounds awesome! and I love how few ingredients in here too! great recipe! 😉

    • Amanda October 23, 2015, 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Michele. I hate when I look at a recipe for bread and it has three different flours that are hard to get a hold of. Thank goodness for easy bread recipes! 🙂

  • Jess @ Sweetest Menu October 22, 2015, 8:20 pm

    Oh I love bread too! This wheat loaf looks lovely! Making bread at home is so incredibly rewarding.

    • Amanda October 23, 2015, 12:26 pm

      Thanks, Jess. I love making bread. It really feels like you’re creating something from nothing somehow. Like magic!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina October 23, 2015, 9:56 am

    I think I’ll have that motto cross-stitched to a pillow and feel comfort all the way around! Love this post and your bread! Brava!

    • Amanda October 23, 2015, 12:27 pm

      Haha! I’m with you. Now I just have to learn to sew! 🙂

  • Mary | LOVE the secret ingredient October 23, 2015, 11:30 am

    I’ve been meaning to make bread for a while, but haven’t taken the time. This recipe looks too good to pass up though!

    • Amanda October 23, 2015, 12:27 pm

      Thank you! I really hope you like it!

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes October 23, 2015, 11:35 am

    I am so impressed that you made your own bread! I have yet to make my own loaf bread – you make it look so easy!

    • Amanda October 23, 2015, 12:29 pm

      Way back when I started making my own bread I’d always gloss over a recipe and miss key ingredients, like yeast. That didn’t work so well. Haha. :). If I can do it, anyone can.

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