Thursday, August 20, 2009

Honey wheat bread

I have always been intimidated when it comes to baking breads. This is my first try and I'm pleased with myself. Gave myself a pat on my back and sat down to share the recipe. It tasted great and loved the idea of home baked :)

I browsed, quite a while, for bread recipes and I came cross this recipe. It was pretty easy to follow. So, I boldly went ahead and decided to try it. I did alter the recipe a bit by adding more milk and water and using wheat gluten as well. I made one loaf and a bunch of buns. The result was some wonderful, warm, hearty bread.
And to think that something so simple intimidated me all this while................a shame :)


Ingredients: (Makes 1 loaf)

1-1/8 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
Milk - 1/4 cup + 2 tbspns
2 tablespoons oil ( I used olive oil)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tspns of wheat gluten ( optional)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions:
  • Take 1/8 cup of water and add yeast and sugar to it.Let rest for 5 mins till creamy and bubbly.
  • Combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat gluten and salt.Mix well and set aside.
  • Combine milk, oil, honey and the remaining sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir.
  • Add flour and the yeast mixture. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 mins. Place dough in a greased bowl, and rub some oil all over the dough. Cover with a clean towel or a plastic wrap like I have done. Let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Punch dough down; knead for a few minutes until smooth.
For a loaf:
  • Form the dough into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pan and cover with lastic wrap.
  • Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. If loaf starts browning too soon, lightly lay a piece of foil on top of the loaf to prevent too much darkening.
For Buns:
  • Divide the dough into 9 equal parts and place them close to each other in a greased tray.( see pic)
  • Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. If loaf starts browning too soon, lightly lay a piece of foil on top of the loaf to prevent too much darkening
When baked, remove bread from oven and allow to rest in pan for a few minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cover with a cloth. Slice and enjoy while still warm! Leftover bread can be stored in an airtight bag or frozen for a month.
Luv 'n' luc'
Smitha

39 comments:

  1. Wheat bread looks great and perfect smitha..!

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  2. A True baker you dearie..looks so professional..jus yestarday made one with honey..would love to try this..thanks for the recipe..and the photographs rock !!

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  3. Buns look soo professional dear. Great job. I am yet to pat my back ;)

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  4. Wow That's a lovely bread. I am surely trying it. Nice clicks.

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  5. this looks amazing...wonderful snaps Smitha.. :)Put ur snap in profile dear....

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  6. kidu..u knw..For ma first time me too made a simple honey wheat bread but with lots of nuts n grains n seeds n all..u can find it in ma blog n it looked almost the same except the decor on top..:P.next time add herbs n see,ul love it..:).n I loved those cute buns..feel like popping them in chicken curry n eating..:D

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  7. smitha,u rock in baking..the bread looks soft in texture..will try this recipe also

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  8. I am seeing lots of breads today. I am a wheat bread fan so this one I love.

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  9. Beautiful bread! Congrats on your first attempt lady :)May you have many more bread baking days! :D

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  10. Nice presentation Smitha...perfect looking bread :)

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  11. Wow..bread cameout so perfect Smitha..will follow ur recipe when i start my bread expts..nice clicks as usual..

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  12. OMG!!!!!
    Looks soo soft and tempting.. too good.. lovely snaps.. :)

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  13. hot cross buns hot cross buns...how many pennies (oops $$) will u charge for hot cross buns?

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  14. Darling by the looks of it you are an excellent baker. I am so proud of you for trying to bake bread; this has always been an intimating project for me too, now you inspired me!! Have a fantastic day my bread lady!!

    ♥ Hugs ♥
    Duchess

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  15. Add oil/ghee when taken with idlis/rice!

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  16. This is one of my favourite bread...honey and whole wheat... simple yumm...love the ladi pavs.

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  17. the bread and buns look so tempting....can't believe u made it at home ....good job!

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  18. wow what a good baker.the breads look yummy and delicious.You can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

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  19. Looks fluffy and yummm.. The bun looks tempting..

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  20. This looks really good.

    I remember the baked buns in divakar's bakery.
    "Divakarrrrr I will be coming tomorrow"

    I hope it will be difficult for me to prepare at home...

    But nice to see your new post.."Daer aaye, durust aaye"

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  22. WOW ! Smitha they look so perfect, even if its your first try and those buns are so professional and they look cho cho cute :)

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  23. U deserve one more pat on ur back from my side....it has turned out perfect...soft and fluffy.

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  24. Happy ganesh chaturthi to you & your family dear :)
    Bread looks Divine...
    Soup 'N Juice Event is going on in my blog.Please do participate in it.

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  25. Lovely looking bread! good job lady :-)

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  26. Hi smitha,
    first time in ur blog....bread luks so soft will try ur recipe:)

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  27. I've never really baked bread before either ... but this looks like a recipe I can handle (I hope!). Can you tell me abt the wheat gluten though? I've never even seen it in the grocery store, so will my bread suffer if I don't include it?

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  30. perfect bake..i lov bakin bread..since my better half dunt like ...i didnt bake any bread so far...but urs looks truly wonderful...keep rocking..frst here u hav nice collections of recipes..will follow..if got time ..pls do visit my blog..!hugs

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  31. Hi I love bread you baked at home excellent...I have an award for you pls accept it in my blog. cheers saraswathi

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  32. Hello darling,
    I am back and have missed you terribly!! I have a post on my blog that explains my lengthy absence but enough of that, I just wanted to stop by and see how you are doing and to wish you a sunny day. I am now off to read the posts that I have missed and to look around your delicious blog.
    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥♥♥

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  33. I love visiting your yummy blog kitchen, darling have yourself a fabulous weekend!!

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥♥♥

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