Honey Whole Wheat Bread
I’m just going to come out and admit it “I can’t make bread”. Yes, I am a cake baker and love all things baking but I have always had the worst time baking bread for some odd reason. Either it was too dry, too wet, didn’t raise, or just tasted like crap. Until now!
I just want to give a huge shout out to my good friend Amanda who gave me this recipe out of the kindness of her heart.
One night over dinner she had admitted she didn’t have a Kitchenaid mixer and my heart sank. I was like who doesn’t own a Kitchenaid? I think my life would end without it. Ok, it wouldn’t END but it would really really REALLY SUCK.
She finally got a Kitchenaid because she made the family homemade bread. So it dawned on me one day after one of my bread failures. Why don’t I ask Amanda for her bread recipe and see if I can tackle that recipe.
I didn’t really have much optimism in making this bread and it had nothing to do with the recipe or who I got it from I have just had that many failures.
So to my HUGE surprise I NAILED IT. I don’t even exaggerate when I say this is the easiest bread to make and the BEST tasting sandwich, toast, anything bread I have ever had. I have stopped buying that store bought crap that smells awful.
Did I mention my hubby is a wheat farmer 😉 Yes, I know I do a lot of gluten free recipes on here and I am truly very sensitive to gluten and wheat. I don’t get stomach aches or anything but I will get migraines within an hour after eating wheat.
To my surprise I can eat this bread sparingly and I do just fine with no reactions. Not sure if it’s the fact that it’s fresh and no added crap mixed in but it’s amazing.
Anyway I am rambling and going off topic. So the hubby is a wheat farmer so needless to say I have access to some pretty great wheat to make flour. I recently got a Dry Grain Flour Grinder attachment for my Vitamix from my lovely mother. Now I can grind any kind of grain fresh.
So I take 2 cups of whole wheat berries and grind them to make 3 cups of whole wheat flour. It literally is so quick and easy I never get tired of making this bread.
I don’t have pictures yet of making this bread because it is literally so easy anyone can do it but I will get some up soon. This is the ultimate sandwich bread too. After about 3 days it is still moist and never crumbled while your eating your sandwich.
Here is your end result
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- 2 cups Whole Wheat Berries (ground to 3 cups whole wheat flour)
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup shortening
- 2 T active yeast
- 1½ T Chia Meal (ground chia seeds)
- 2¼ cup very warm water
- 1 T. Sea Salt
- 3½ cup all purpose flour
- 2 T. Olive Oil
- In your Kitchenaid bowl combine your ground whole wheat flour, chia meal, shortening, salt, honey, yeast, and warm water. Mix until well combined with your dough hook. Add your remaining all purpose flour until you have a wet yet not sticky dough. Add your olive oil. Knead with dough hook for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a greased bowl to let rise for roughly an hour until doubled. Punch down after doubled.
- Form your loaves by dividing dough in half and roll out flat on your counter. Roll the dough up like your making cinnamon rolls. Tuck in your ends under the loaf and place in your greased bread pan. At this point you can make rolls as well. Cover your bread pans with plastic wrap so your dough doesn't dry out. Let raise until doubled or about 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 minutes until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from oven, melt butter over top of loaves and let cool on cooling rack for an hour or 2.