Simply Whole Kitchen

April 23, 2012

Homemade Honey Wheat Bread {Food Matters Project}

One of my very favorite things in the whole world is fresh baked bread, especially right out of the oven!  So, I was REALLY excited to see that Melissa from The Faux Martha chose Mark Bittman's Real Whole Wheat Bread recipe for this week's Food Matters Project recipe! Great choice Melissa!

We make (or try to make) our own sandwich bread each week.  It really isn't very difficult (especially when you have a bread machine) and a great way to reduce your unnecessary sugar intake (you would be surprised at how much added sugar is in store bought bread)!

Plus it is EASY! I've shown you my recipe using a bread machine because that is how we make our bread each week (I know, I'm sort of cheating, but I am way too busy right now to do it the handmade way weekly). 

So check out Melissa's blog for the original Mark Bittman recipe and the handmade way.  It is easy and delicious!

Or try my recipe for honey wheat! The combination of white whole wheat flour and brown rice flour makes this as light as regular white bread with the nutritional benefits of whole wheat and has quickly become our favorite sandwich bread recipe.

Honey Wheat Bread
makes 1 1lb loaf
1 egg, at room temperature
3/4 c warm water
2 tsp olive oil (or vegetable oil)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
1 c whole wheat white flour
1 c brown rice flour (or use 2 c of whole wheat white flour)
4 tbsp whole wheat flour (delete this if you use all whole wheat white flour)
2 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Add ingredients (in order of how items are listed) into a bread machine.  Set program into the whole wheat setting and the crust on light. Program will take about 3.5 hours but you can walk away in the middle and at the end you'll have a perfect loaf!

Also delicious with natural peanut butter and a drizzle of honey!

Click here to see what the other members of the project made! 

 PS—Vote for Cookie and Kate (one of my favorite food bloggers) in the Saveur Food Blog Awards!


Blogger Lexi said...

Your bread looks amazing!

April 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Looks so nice. I cannot wait for next weeks challenge, Jen

April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Texanerin said...

It looks so fluffy! I love love love homemade bread. Especially if it's slightly sweet like dinner rolls or challah bread. I wish we had white whole wheat here!

April 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Lexi! This is by far our favorite recipe for homemade bread! I am always sad when we are too busy to make bread on the weekend and have to buy a loaf at the store. There is nothing like it!

April 23, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Jen, me too! I love being a part of this project. It has totally inspired me and challenged me to try new and different things or reinvent the usual :)

April 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Erin! Thanks! Our stores do carry white whole wheat but I find myself ordering it just because sometimes it is easier :) I get mine on Amazon or here:

Hope that helps!

April 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Margarita said...

I love this recipe! Perfect for any kind of sandwich... Will definitely give this a try soon!

April 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Evi said...

Honey wheat bread- yum! Definitely don't need to buy it any more, right? Yours has a great shape- mine wasn't as well-shaped.

April 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

wow. your bread is so fluffy. where did I go wrong?
I'll have to try your version.

April 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Alyssa @ Everyday Maven said...

This looks amaazing! I wish I had a bread machine!

April 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Margarita!! If you do, please let me know how it turns out!

April 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Evi, Thanks! You are right, with a recipe this simple we really don't need to buy bread at all anymore! The hardest part is "scheduling" making bread into our busy lives the rest is easy! And I can't take credit for the shape :) It was made in a bread machine, so it really did all of the work for me!

April 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Gracie! I used both whole wheat white flour and brown rice flour. Both make for a much lighter and fluffier bread (as does the addition of the vital wheat gluten). Please do try this recipe and let me know how it goes! And let me know if you need a 'by hand' version if you don't have a machine.

April 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Alyssa! This recipe can be made 'by hand' too. I'll try to get those directions posted soon. We make it weekly in the bread machine because it is SO easy and made it that way this week too because of a busy schedule. But this recipe is too good not to make because of the lack of the machine! I'll get those up asap!

April 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Cookie and Kate said...

Look at that crust! I don't have a bread machine or a big mixer, so making bread that requires kneading and extra steps is just not going to happen. My bread didn't rise very high, but it still tasted good! I think I need to give it another chance.

Oh and peanut butter and honey happens to be one of my favorite combinations of all time!

April 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM  

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