I never thought I'd like making homemade bread. I never thought I'd find a homemade bread that is very much like store bought bread. I never thought I'd get DR to eat much homemade bread. I never thought I'd rather make bread than buy bread.
That was all before my friend gave me this recipe. Now I'm making two loaves of bread every 2 or 3 days.
Healthy Homemade Bread by Tanna Richard, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tanna says, "I developed this recipe because I needed a tasy bread that would be easy on the budget and easy to prepare at home. As a busy mom of three young children, I really wanted to make our own bread for helath and economic reasons. The problem was that many recipes I found really didn't replicate the taste and texture of the store bough breads that my family enjoyed. So, I developed this recipe, keeping an eye to the taste and texture and trying to add additional bits of packed nutritional value. The produced bread far surpassed any bread from teh store and with the time saving methods I incorporated, it is faster to make than loading the kids in the van to go buy the bread!"
Healthy Homemade Bread
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
(when I don't have wheat germ I sub in whole wheat flour and it works just fine)
1/2 cup quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 T salt
1 T yeast
2 1/4 c. very warm water
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. canola oil
4-4 1/2 cups bread flour
(I use all purpose flour, again, it works fine.)
In mixing bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, wheat germ, oats, salt and yeast. Stir in water, honey, and oil, beat 2 minutes. Gradually stir in 3 cups bread flour to make a slightly sticky dough.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead in enough remaining flour to make a smooth and elastic dough. Knead 8-10 minutes by hand or with dough hook.
Divide dough in half. To shap; form dough to fit into 2 oiled bread pans; press down to fill pan. Smooth top. Cover loaves with damp towel; let rise in a warm place until double, about 1-1 1/2 hours.
Bake in preheated 350 oven 35-40 minutes or til golden brown.