Honey Wheat Bread
Made by hand or in a bread machine, this recipe seems to be foolproof. The molasses makes all the
1¼ cups warm water
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons dry yeast*
1 teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoon oil
1½ cup unbleached white flour
1½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup additional flour for kneading
- Put the warm water in a large mixing bowl. Add the honey and molasses and stir until they are dissolved.
- Sprinkle in the yeast and stir. Let this mixture rest until the yeast comes to the top of the mixture, a matter of only two or three minutes. This step is to "proof" the yeast, making sure it have leavening power.
- Add the salt and the oil and stir, making sure that all ingredients are mixed well.
- Add half of the flour and beat as a batter for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the flour gradually. You need less on a dry day, more on a damp day.
- Use an extra ¼ cup flour if it is needed to absorb the liquid in forming a ball of dough.
- Place the dough ball on a surface sprinkled with flour. Rub a little flour on your hands and proceed to knead. Fold the dough toward you. Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away from you with a rolling motion. Do not be afraid to use a firm touch. Swing the dough a quarter turn around.
"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not?"