So I've found the# 1 trick to making any type of bread is getting the yeast just right. If the yeast fails, the bread fails! The water temp has to be just right or either the water will kill the yeast, or it will inhibit yeast growth. So here's my trick to perfect water temp (and I have no idea what the actually temp is because I don't have a candy thermometer), but I stick half the water measurement in microwave for 2 minutes, then I go to my fridge and get cold fridge water for the other half! Then I add the yeast to the perfect water temp! Voila! My secret! :)
So here's the easy recipe and there's a story behind it that I will share at the end if you're interested in story of how I learned to make bread.
Homemade Wheat Bread ( makes 4 loaves) You can choose to use all wheat flour, but most of the time I do half wheat/half white because we grind our own wheat flour- I will share details on that later)You also may want to start with half of this recipe to get the feel of it and also be sure your mixer has 12 cup capacity before doing the 4 loaf recipe.
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp yeast
1 1/2 cups dry milk
3 tsp salt
3/4 cup canola oil
5- 6 cups wheat flour
5-6 cups white flour
Microwave 2 cups water for 2 minutes. Pour brown sugar into a bowl ( I use a small
Add 1 1/2 cups dry milk
Pour the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients mixture and start mixing on low speed
Mix on low speed for about 7- 10 minutes. Depending on how sticky your dough is add another cup of either white or wheat flour scraping down sides as you go.
Preheat oven to 350. I like to keep bread on top of oven to rise...
Toughest decision of the day is deciding which jam to put on the bread! Gramma's homemade raspberry jam, or Auntie Beth's homemade blackberry jelly!
Now a quick story of how we came upon making homemade bread. So my hubby was out of work for a time about 9 years ago and we had to figure out where to cut costs with 6 kids at home. In our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) we're encouraged to have an extra supply of food for a rainy day or for a disaster, so over the years we had been slowly adding to our food storage supply.
So, there you have it! Great blessings can come from our trials in life! We're so grateful we were forced to use our wheat and now we wouldn't have it any other way!
By the way, I freeze my extra wheat and it still works great even a few months later!