Friday, October 2, 2015

Honey Wheat Bread BREAD MACHINE EASY - 52 Church PotLuck DIshes

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After dozens of attempts I have finally come up with a delicious wheat bread that does not taste like cardboard.  The crumb (texture) is perfect.  Does not turn to dust as you cut, nor does it have that nasty sandpaper feel.

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Condiment Recipe
This is moist and very tender.  The bread holds together just fine when you cut and nearly melts in your mouth when you take a bite.  Flavorful enough to eat with out butter (but really shines when you add a bit of Honey Butter (see tomorrow's Post).

Best of all (well, after the taste), this is a bread machine easy recipe.  Using the machine's "Dough" setting, the machine does all of the hard work.  The mixing and kneading as well as proper temperature for the yeast to do it's work is maintained while the machine does it's work.

Consistently making that nearly perfect loaf.  You finish in a loaf pan for that homemade look (and bragging rights if you are taking this to a potluck).  Home made bread fits on any table and is always a crowd pleaser!

Enjoy indeed!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Honey Wheat Bread

  • 1 Cup plus 2 TBS Warm (100 degrees) 2% Milk
  • 2-1/2 Cups White Bread Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat FLour
  • 1-1/2 TBS Powdered Milk
  • 2 TBS Honey
  • Large pinch Salt
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 1 package (2-1/4 Oz) Bread Machine Fast Acting Yeast
Cooking Directions
  1. Set your bread machine to the "Dough" setting. This recipe makes 1 loaf, or 4 "mini" loafs.
  2. Put all of the ingredients in the machine in the order listed. NOTE: be sure to warm the milk slightly to about 100 degrees but NO HOTTER than 120. I microwave mine for 30 seconds.
  3. Run the machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Meanwhile prepare the loaf pan(s) with nonstick spray.
  4. When the machine has run it's course, the dough should be rising, double in size. Remove from the machine box and knead for just a minute. You may need to add a sprinkle of flour if the dough is too sticky.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Transfer dough to the loaf pan(s) and set on top of the oven, cover with a towel and allow the bread to rise a second time for 20 minutes.
  6. Move to the oven and bake for about 25 minutes (only 20 minutes if you are using the mini loaf pans).
  7. Allow to cool in the pans for 30 minutes before removing and slicing.
  8. Serve Warm with a bit of Honey-Butter and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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