Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- 3 cups hot water
- 5 tsp. active dry yeast
- 2/3 cup honey (or sugar, but honey is more flavorful)
- 4 - 5 cups bread flour
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 - 4 cups whole wheat flour
- In a large bowl, mix hot water, yeast, and half of the honey (1/3 cup). Add 4 or 5 cups bread flour*, and stir to combine. Let rise for 25-30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
- Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Knead in 3 or 4 cups whole wheat flour one cup at a time, until dough pulls away from side of bowl. Place in a buttered bowl, turning a few times to coat the surface of the dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place (like on top of the preheated oven) until doubled, or about 1 hour.
- Punch down and divide into 3 loaves. Place in buttered 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise about 45 minutes, or until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
- Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately. Lightly rub the tops of loaves with a little soft butter to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely on wire racks.
*For 100% honey whole wheat bread, use whole wheat flour