Baking is a great way to pass the time when blessed with the gift of a few free hours. Whole wheat bread was on my list of “blizzard baking” this weekend. It’s delicious plain, with a bit of butter, or as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And it will be a great way to reward ourselves when all that shoveling is done!
Blizzard Baking: Whole Wheat Bread
Makes 2 loaves
2 packages (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
¾ cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 cups lukewarm milk, scalded and then cooled
3 T honey
3 T oil
1 T salt
7-8 cups whole wheat flour
Non-stick spray for greasing bowl and pans
Butter for brushing tops of loaves, optional
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in milk, sugar, oil, salt and half the flour. Beat until smooth.
Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead for about 10 minutes. Add flour as needed to offset stickiness. Dough should have an elastic feel to it.
Grease a bowl with some of the oil. Place dough in bowl, then turn so greased side is facing up. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1 hour, at which time the dough should be doubled in size.
Punch down the dough. Divide into two parts. Shape each half into a loaf. Place each loaf into a greased loaf pan. Brush with butter, if desired. Let rise until double – about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place pans in center of oven. Bake until loaves turn golden brown in color, about 25 minutes. They should sound hollow when tapped. Remove loaves from pans as soon as they come out of the oven.