Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recipe for easy wheat bread that we make daily

1 2/3 cups warm water 

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 

2 Tablespoons EACH: vital wheat gluten (optional), sugar or honey, oil (we don't always measure these exactly)

4 cups flour (we typically use 2 cups whole wheat and 2 cups unbleached white...although I wish my family members used 100% whole wheat!) 

2 1/2 teaspoons quick yeast (we like Saff instant)

If you're lucky enough to have a bread machine, place all the ingredients in the pan in the order listed. Select quick loaf, and press start. You won't even work up a sweat.


Of course you could make this recipe by hand or in a Bosch - just adjust the amounts accordingly.

We love our Zojirushi breadmaker that makes a 2-pound loaf. Very tough and seems to last forever. 

Making homemade bread saves a lot of money, and is an easy way to rotate your food storage. 

It's good to check the dough after it's kneaded for a while.  You may need to adjust water or flour to get the right consistency. You want the loaf to look like a pretty smooth ball.   

This boy of ours makes a beautiful loaf of bread.  He has a gift!  I told him he should start a business.  We have included making a loaf as part of our rotating daily dish chores. We've taught our kids to make bread around seven or eight years old. 

We taped the bread recipe to the inside of our cupboard/

We put virtually all the bread-making ingredients right there where they'll be handy. We even leave the lids off the flour bins and leave the measuring cups and spoons in the bins. (Yeast is best stored in the fridge.)

1 comment:

parkepreschool said...

I'm going to try this recipe this week. What temp do you put your oven on and for how long. I'm a newbie at bread and searching for a recipe we like.