Just thinking about the taste and smell of homemade bread can make our mouths water! Here is an old fashioned homemade whole wheat bread recipe that is delicious and your family will love and you don’t even need to tell them it is good for them!
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 cups warm water (120-130 degrees)
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
2 pkgs. or 2 Tbsp. yeast
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. margarine, melted
Mix the whole wheat flour, honey, salt, shortening and yeast in a large bowl. Add warm water. Beat with a mixer 3 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently.
Stir in enough all-purpose flour to make the dough easy to handle. Beat 1 minute.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth (about 10 minutes). Place in a greased bowl. Turn dough to grease the other side of the dough.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 45 minutes). Grease 2 loaf pans.
Punch down the dough and divide in half. Flatten dough for each loaf into a rectangle with your hands or a rolling pin. Roll dough tightly starting from the narrow end. Place dough with seam side down in the pans. Brush lightly with margarine. Let rise until double (about 30 minutes).
Place in the oven at 375 degrees and bake for 40-45 minutes or until loaves are golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped. Remove from pans and cool. Makes 2 loaves.
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Can you make this without the honey?
Mary most wheat bread recipes are made with honey and I have never made it without it but you could maybe make it and substitute some sugar and adjust the liquid slightly.