To me there is nothing quite better than a fresh piece of bread warm from the oven or bread maker. If I slather the sucker with peanut butter, I am truly a happy person.
And on my luckiest days, I may pull fresh bread out of the oven while I have homemade spaghetti sauce simmering. Oh look out–that loaf of bread may be gone and there may be little sauce left for dinner. It could be a problem, but it is not.
I am not dipping white processed bread into my sauce or slathering a “made with whole grains” slice with peanut butter, I am eating bread made from freshly ground wheat berries (this step is NOT necessary!!!) and 100% pure olive oil and local honey. Oh my, delicious, and a whole food!!! Life is good. God blessed us all with wonderful tasting foods!!
So if you have a bread maker, whip it out–you will have this bread prepped in literally 2 minutes!!
If you don’t, no worries!! You can still have delicious bread in a short amount of time.
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- 4 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (if you are lucky enough to own a mill, that is 3 cups wheat berries, grinded)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp gluten (optional) found by yeast at grocery store
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbs yeast
Bread Machine Version: Start with water in the machine. Measure the oil first and then the honey (this makes the honey slip out of the measuring cup) and add to water. Add salt and gluten, then flour. Make a small well in flour and put yeast into that well. Set to manufacture’s instructions for wheat bread and let it go.
Oven Version:Combine water, oil, honey, and salt. Add gluten and half of flour and mix thoroughly. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth (about 5 minutes). Let rise until doubled. Shape as desired (into 2 1lb loaves) and let rise until doubled again. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.