Wednesday, October 21, 2009

There's Nothing Like the Smell of Homemade Bread

Ten Years ago when I was pregnant with my first son and couldn't sleep, I taught myself how to make bread. Five years later a friend shared her recipe with me. I've improved upon it, and have had dozens of people tell me it's the best they've ever tasted. Now I'm so spoiled, I can't even stand the smell of store bought bread, much less the taste. So, every week, I pull out my wheat grinder and my Bosch kitchen mixer and make five loaves of bread. In the summer, i make bread twice a week. So, here's my recipe:

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

3 1/2 cups red wheat flour
3 1/2 cups white wheat flour
6 cups warm water
3 tablespoons SAF instant yeast
3 tablespoons dough enhancer
2 table spoons sea salt
2 cups bread flour
2/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup honey

Mix together to make a batter.
Add by cup fulls:
7 more cups of half white wheat flour and half red wheat flour.

Knead for 8 minutes. Pour out onto oiled counter, and shape into 5 loaves. Spray 5 loaf pans with nonstick spray. Put loaves into pans and bake in preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Turn out loaves onto cooling rack or towel. You can butter the tops while they are still hot, if you wish.

I'd love to hear what you think about this recipe, if you try it.


Mistylynn said...

What is bread enhancer and where do I get it?

Craftewoman said...

Bread enhancer has gluten, and milk proteins in it, among other things. It helps the bread to be softer, and the wheat flour to stick together better. I get mine at a kitchen store her in Mesa.
You can buy it online at
When you get to the home page, type "dough enhancer" into the search box.