Ready in 45 minutes
A fabulously easy and delicious bread. I have been making homemade bread, off and on, for some 30 years and this is one of the best whole wheat bread recipes that I use. This is a county fair blue ribbon winning loaf--that turns out delicate and soft.
"Exceptional recipe! Outstanding bread with a a beautiful crumb and wonderful flavor! I highly recommend this recipe. Even for those who have never considered making homemade bread before. It has to be just about the simplest recipe for bread I have ever tried. Nothing fussy, nothing finicky, just a good-solid recipe that tastes far better than you would expect. In my opinion this is bread perfection!"
Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.
Combine milk, 1/4 cup 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 by processing an additional 80 seconds in food processor, or mix and knead by hand 10 minutes. Place the dough in a buttered 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 in a warm area until doubled; second rise should take about 30 minutes.
Place a small pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until tops are dark golden brown. Butter crusts while warm. Slice when cool.
Yield: 2 - 9x5-inch loaves, or 1 loaf and a dozen rolls.
I made this bread for my parents for one of the holidays. My mother loved it and requested the recipe. She changed the preparation slightly. In her version, she would combined all the ingredients at one time in the bowl of her KitchenAid Heavy Duty mixer...then mixed and kneaded the dough for about 8 minutes. Her method work just fine. Her bread also turned out light and very moist.
paul_eaves_52 1y agoEasy and very delicious.
bdizzle 2y agoMade this a few days ago. It's a great go-to recipe! Very moist bread, great for rolls, snacks or breakfast! Will definitely make it again! I ended up adding about a 1/2 c of white flour to it to get the consistency i wanted.gegetconsistency
animalpaiz 2y ago
Jim3901 2y agoI made this last weekend and it turned out great. I am making it again today. I used your mothers method of dumping everything into the KitchenAid stand mixer. I really enjoy your recipes.
cath2626 3y agoMy first bread making experience and it turned out absolutely delicious!
Jwraight 3y agoI don't know anything about yeast. How much do I need for this recipe? In teaspoons, please because I bought a jar of fast rising yeast.
amycowan 3y agoGreat bread recipe! It is a hit from everyone.
jessicamartin1 3y agoThis was my first ever attempt at making bread. Yum!
chefhoward76 3y agoExceptional recipe! Outstanding bread with a a beautiful crumb and wonderful flavor! I highly recommend this recipe. Even for those who have never considered making homemade bread before. It has to be just about the simplest recipe for bread I have ever tried. Nothing fussy, nothing finicky, just a good-solid recipe that tastes far better than you would expect. In my opinion this is bread perfection!
4myfun 3y agoThis is by far the BEST wheat bread I have ever made!!! Amazing recipe! Simply Amazing!!! You will be so happy you tried it! Also, I cut everything in half and make 1 loaf at a time because it is just 2 of us. Cut down on cook time 5 minutes for one loaf. Thanks!<BR>