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

  • 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'


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

  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 !!

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

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

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

  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 time add herbs n see,ul love it..:).n I loved those cute buns..feel like popping them in chicken curry n eating..:D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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 ♥

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

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

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

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

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

  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"

  21. I have nominated you for an award and a tag. Do take it from my blog :)

  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 :)

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

  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.

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

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

  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

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

  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 ♥♥♥

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

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess ♥♥♥


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