A good basic whole wheat bread recipe
- 2 ½ cups hot water (140˚)
- ¼ cup honey
- 6-8 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp yeast
- non-fat cooking spray
Put hot water into mixing bowl. Add honey and 3 to 4 cups of flour. Mix until flour is wet. Add yeast and mix for 15 seconds. Add salt; mix. Add flour until dough has formed a ball and is not sticking to sides or bottom of bowl. It should be a little sticky; don’t add too much flour if you want a soft loaf of bread.
Knead bread in mixer until smooth and elastic; about 3 to 5 minutes depending on machine, or about 10 minutes by hand. Rub shortening or oil on your hands and form dough into 2 loaves. Place in pans coated with cooking spray; cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Let rise until doubled in size. Carefully remove plastic wrap. Place in pre-heated oven at 300˚ F for 35 minutes. Makes two 4×8 inch loaves.