Sunday, March 16, 2008

Honey Wheat Bread

As I have said before... I HEART any kind of homemade breads or rolls! This one is definitely a keeper (and healthy too!) My kids loved it fresh out of the oven!!!

1 package rapid rise yeast
1 t. white sugar
1/2 c. warm water

Mix and set aside.

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. melted shortening
1/4 c. honey
2 t. salt
2 c. whole wheat flour
3 c. bread flour
2 T. butter

Combine milk, 1/4 c. water, shortening, honey, salt and wheat flour in food processor or bowl. Mix in yeast mixture, and let rest 15 minutes. Add white flour, and process until dough forms a ball. Knead dough 80 seconds more in mixer or 10 minutes by hand. Place dough in bettered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 45 minutes, or until almost doubled.
Punch down, and divide dough in half. Roll out each half, and pound out the bubbles. Form into loaves, and place in buttered 9x5 inch bread pans. Butter the tops of the dough, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise is a warm place until doubled; about 30 minutes.
Place a small pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat oven to 375*. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until tops are dark, golden brown. Butter crusts while warm. Slice when cool and enjoy!!

***I doubled the honey and used melted butter instead of the shortening!!! ****
***I have also made it where I substituted applesauce instead of the butter (which is probably my favorite way....

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