Perfect Homemade Bread

1 cup warm water (not too hot, otherwise it will kill the yeast!)
1 TBSP. milk
2 TBSP. oil (I use olive oil as opposed to veg. oil since it’s healthier and it still turns out great! No residual olive oil-y taste, so you can even spread peanut butter on it and it’ll taste great!)
3 TBSP. honey
1 tsp. salt
1.5 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. active dry yeast

*What You Do:

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Stir together.

Add the flours (I find that adding the flours slowly helps with the stirring!), and the yeast. Stir together for awhile, and then once it starts to get hard to mix with a spoon (I use a wooden one), start mixing the dough with your hands. Once it’s pretty mixed, I throw it out on the counter (make sure it’s clean first!) 🙂 and start kneading it by hand. You could probably use a stand mixer, but hand kneaded dough seems to come out better. It can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to knead. You just want the flours well incorporated with everything else. It will be pretty sticky, sometimes I’ve had to add a little more flour.. it just depends. But it will be quite sticky either way! Next, place the dough in a large greased bowl (I grease my bowl with olive oil), and cover. Allow it to rise for 40 mins or ’til doubled in size.

After that, place the dough back on the counter, knead it just a bit (1-2 mins at most), and shape it into a loaf shape. Place the loaf in a buttered loaf pan and cover.Allow it to rise this time for 30 mins or ’til doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350’F.

Bake the bread for 25 mins. Check it and see if the top is getting too brown. If it is, cover the top of the loaf loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for another 5 mins. Let the loaf rest for about 5 minutes in the pan, before taking out and placing on a cooling rack. Let cool for a good 15 mins before slicing.

This is such a delicious bread, and it really isn’t that hard once you get the knack for making homemade bread. Hope you guys enjoy! 🙂 ❤ Christina Kirtley

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