Today in the Kitchen, “HomeBread” Honey Wheat

I love to make bread.
There is something so homey about it and it thrills my children,
when Amélie was two she began calling my honey wheat, “Homebread” and the name stuck.

Once we ran out of flour and Joel ran to the store and bought a loaf of store bought whole wheat bread.
I rudely scoffed aloud as he set it in the counter, disgusted at the myriad of chemical ingredients.

When she was three she said to me
“I love homebread Mom.  Some people buy their bread from the store… can you believe people eat that crap everyday???”


(Crap is one of her Momma’s favorite words… woopsie.)

Feel free to pick yourself up off the floor.
Lord knows I had to.

Ingredients – 

(We use all organic but of course you don’t have to… you can find organic honey in a three pack at Costco if your local farmer does not carry it.)

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  • 3 cups warm water
  • 5 teaspoons yeast
  •  
  • 1/2 cup honey.
  • 5 cups bread flour


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    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/2 cup honey
    1 tablespoon salt
    3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour  (Can substitute white wheat for a different style bread)
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • Mix warm water, yeast, and 1/2 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes and it will become big and bubbly.
    • Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 cup honey., and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. 
    • Knead with whole wheat flour until just pulling away from the surface but sticky to touch. This may take an additional 1-3 cups of whole wheat flour. (I like the texture at about 1 1/2 -2 cups.)
    • Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. 
    • Let rise in a warm place until doubled.Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.  Rise until dough has topped the pans by at least one inch.
    • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.   You can optionally brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard.  

        If I double this recipe, as I often do because this bread freezes well, I make it in my   mixer once batch at a time, then I combine the two batches in the oiled bowl for rising.


    This bread is so comforting and fabulous for making 
    grilled cheese or for dunking in split pea soup. 
    Or toast it and slather it with some butter and live a little!

    Bon Apetit.
    -Angela

    Comments

    1. says

      We also love fresh homemade bread. I make bread for breakfast all the time. My husband is an invalid and he loves homemade bread. We also eat organic, it’s the only way. Love your blog. Your children are adorable. Hugs…Lu

    2. says

      Oh what a cute photo of your little one holding out the loaf of bread. You are doing a wonderful thing bringing up your kids eating good wholesome food instead of crap! lol

    3. says

      Don said crap to me a few days before he died…I find it’s a word I use a lot now too! out of the mouths of babes and oldsters!

      fresh, homemade bread, made with the freshest, purest ingredients one can find…is just short of being heaven…maybe it is heaven but I don’t want to be blasphemous!

      alas alack I am the one and only person in my household…I love homemade bread, right out of the oven! when I was in my 30s I ate a whole loaf…by myself! am I bad!!!?

      must of been, ’cause I gained way too much WEIGHT…so now no more homemade bread…I leave it to all you young women…who are smart enough to exercise and have lots of hungry kids and hungry husbands to eat all that goodness up!

      ;-)

    4. says

      I found you through my friend Sandy who is now one of your photographers. Love your blog and I also bake all the time, we love homemade bread and eat organic, it’s the only and best way. Your children are adorable. I have just subscribed to your lovely magazine, can’t wait to receive my first issue. Blessings…Lu

    5. says

      I love Homebread too!!
      I hardly never buy bread, as you said, we can’t be sure that store bread is so healthy.
      Beautiful, really beautiful pics of your sweetie Angela.

      Do you use Anne Marie’s prairie honey?
      You know, my dad is a beekeeper and we eat the most tasty honey here!!! My partner is learning how to be a good (let’s hompe) beekeeper too!

      Fra

    6. says

      “Can you believe people eat that crap every day?”…That is seriously just too funny! I love your recipes and will try this one out, too. Your French bread recipe is my go-to for soup bread. It’s better than anything you can get in a store. And, I adore the feel of the dough – divine!

    7. says

      Ha Ha Ha Angela, you made me laugh!

      We have Homebread every day! Sometimes two loafs (but well with 6 kiddo’s)
      I do cheat though… I am not so good at baking with yeast (I guess so many kids, so many distractions goes not well with yeast). So we use a bread machine.
      John used to bake for us every day and that became a lot of work.
      We all became allergic to store bought “crap” bread (lol)
      And that happened when I was expecting my fifth. I became intolerant to all the perservatives and other junk they put in that (crap) bread.

      Thanks for the laugh.

      Sandy

    8. says

      The bread receipt sounds lovely, like real bread and messy hands lovely. I bet it taste divine also. Gonna give it a try. For the family.

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