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Honey-Whole Wheat Bread

Yield 2 loaves, 12 servings per loaf (serving size: 1 slice)
"We serve one loaf of my dad's homemade bread with a meal or make sandwiches for lunch. Usually my brother, sister, or I take the second loaf home. You can freeze it wrapped tightly in plastic wrap for up to two months." -KKD

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces), divided
  • 2 cups bread flour (about 9 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (about 9 1/2 ounces)
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 156
  • caloriesfromfat 14 %
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 5.5 g
  • carbohydrate 28.2 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 1 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 123 mg
  • calcium 64 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a small bowl; let stand 15 minutes.

  2. Combine 1% milk, dry milk, oil, honey, and salt in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until thoroughly warmed and dry milk dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Stir yeast mixture into milk mixture.

  3. Lightly spoon 2 cups all-purpose flour, bread flour, and whole wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place 2 cups all-purpose flour, bread flour, and whole wheat flour in a large bowl; stir with a whisk to combine. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly sticky).

  4. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 55 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough in half. Working with one portion of dough at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll portion into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place roll, seam side down, in an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining portion of dough. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size.

  5. Preheat oven to 400°.

  6. Bake loaves at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° (do not remove loaves from oven); bake 50 minutes or until loaves are browned on bottom and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.