Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Homemade Honey Wheat Bread

Ok, I just have to say that we have been searching and experimenting FOREVER for the perfect bread machine recipe!! There is nothing better than homemade bread fresh from the oven. However, I dont have a lot of time to spend rolling and punching dough...ha! That's why we L.O.V.E having a bread machine! And yes, it can be soft, moist, and oh so delicious! Another quick fact: We have two bread machines (I know...hahaha!) and we purchased both of them at a second hand store--DI. They work perfectly, look like new, and cost less than $10! So there you have it :) Now here is our amazing recipe!

Honey Wheat Bread-Machine Bread:

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp shortening
2 cups flour
2 1/4 cups wheat flour
2 Tbsp dry milk
1 3/4 tsp Active dry yeast OR bread machine yeast.

Place ingredients into bread machine in the order they are listed. Start Bread Machine using the "Regular" or "Light" setting.

Yep! That is all you have to do! Most bread machines come with a wheat bread option--WE DO NOT USE IT! I don't know if that is the secret to our soft bread or not, but we just use the Regular setting and it turns out amazing!!

As soon as our bread machine beeps telling us that it is done baking we immediately pull the bread out. Sometimes the top looks a little funky but it is just fine! 
Actually..the top is the best piece and everyone will fight over it! ;) we usually eat it right away! Then we cut the loaf in half (hot dog style) and let it sit and "sweat" for about an hour. Just let it chill on the counter (..or eat it..) and let some of the steam and moisture out. This helps it stay soft and fresh later. 

Pour some honey on and eat it while it is warm!! 

After it has cooled for awhile we slice it all up. We then store it in a zip-lock bag in our pantry for a week (if it last that long..). This is the only bread we eat. We stopped buying bread and I just make a loaf of this every week or as needed!


...I will need to share our easy Freezer Jam recipe, once you try it you'll never do anything else!! 

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