As requested on our family instagram, here is the bread recipe I made the other day:
2 cups very warm water (warm enough so that you can just hold you finger under the water as it runs- if it was any hotter it would be too hot)
3 TBS yeast
3 tsp. sugar
3 cups scalded milk
1/2 cup honey or sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup oil (I use olive oil)
2 TBS salt
6 cups whole wheat flour
6-7 cups white flour
Stir together the water, 3 tsp. sugar, and yeast. Let set ten minutes. In a large bowl (or mixer), combine the oil, scalded milk, honey, molasses, and salt. Add the yeast/water/sugar mixture and wheat flour. Mix some more. Now comes the fun part! Add several cups of white flour and continue mixing and adding flour. I use my (clean!) hands to knead the dough. When it becomes less sticky and starts balling together instead of adhering to your hands and the bowl, you’ve probably added enough flour. I never measure exactly, but add until the consistency is right. Knead a few minutes more.
Make sure your bowl is big enough, cause now you need to put a towel on top, set it in a large place, and let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hr.
Divide the dough into loves and put into greased pans. I like to make three generous loaves in bread pans, and one small round free-standing loaf. Turn the oven on to 350 and let the loaves rise until much larger, about half an hour.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until done. When done, the loaves should be golden, and sound hollow when tapped.
Immediately remove from the pans and allow to cool a few minutes. Our favorite way to eat the bread is fresh, with butter and honey! It also makes delicious toast, sandwiches, and croutons. Enjoy!
Have a wonderful week, friends! Be watching for my first post on fitness, coming later this week. I am excited to delve into a topic that I am very passionate about. If you have any specific fitness-related questions or things you would like me to write about, feel free to drop me a line through my “Contact” page.