Monday, March 02, 2009

Homemade whole wheat bread

I don't think I've shared this recipe with the world at large yet. And I can't imagine why, because we LOVE this bread. I think I got the original recipe from my mom, but I've tweaked it since then to make it my own.

Whole Wheat Bread (2 lb loaf)

1 2/3 cup water (about 2-4T of this can be replaced with milk, if you like)
1 cup wheat bran
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup white bread flour
2 t. salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 T. butter
2 t. yeast

Place all ingredients in a bread machine and set on the whole wheat cycle. In about four hours, voila! Fresh bread!

I am so glad that I have a bread machine. It saves money, saves time, and provides an awful lot of enjoyment! My first one was a gift from my parents, but the one I'm using now was a $5 thrift store find! So if you don't have one, keep your eyes open at second hand shops because they do turn up there sometimes.



Cowen Family said...

Do you have an easy method for slicing for sandwiches? I go through phases where I use mine all the time and then I don't for quite a while. We use ours more for rolls(I need to share a yummy recipe for those) and then for dinner breads. I get discouraged with the slicing...then again, maybe it's just me:)

Trace said...

Oh this sounds delicious! This is such motivation for me to get out my bread machine! We got it as a wedding gift and I have never used it! Dumb huh? I would really love to try this. Definitely cost-effective and sounds pretty easy!

Amber said...

1 cup of wheat bran, that sounds interesting! I'll have to try it out. Thanks for posting it!

Amber said...

I was wondering - have you tried reducing the sugar and salt in this recipe at all? 1/3 cup and 2 t seems like a lot for a 2 lb loaf. I'm thinking about trying it with 2-3 T of sugar and 1 or 1/2 t of salt. I think there is such a large amount of salt in order to retard the growth of the yeast w/ all that sugar.

Just wondering if you have played around with the proportions at all... I think I'm going to start a loaf tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it turns out.