The Original Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Here is the bread machine recipe I started out with a couple of years ago. It is really great, except for one thing: It puffs up to an unmanageable size in my little machine. (Maybe I should just get a bigger one..?) But it makes a terrific sandwich bread. (Though we’ve migrated over to this recipe for the size and heartiness of it.)

Whole Wheat “Puff Daddy” Bread

1 1/3 cups milk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons butter
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Add everything to the pan and set your machine on the medium, whole wheat setting. Then watch ‘er rise. The size of this bread shouldn’t be a problem for a machine that can handle a two-pounder. (*Make this ‘healthy’ bread even better… see below.)

Does anyone have a sawzall?

Now don’t tell me I have to get a bigger toaster too?

Tip: Find yourself a 2 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon. You’ll get the right amount of yeast every time.

*Add any one of the following for added health benefits:

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1/4 cup ground walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup ground oatmeal
(replace) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup 10-grain flour (from Bob’s Red Mill)
(replace) 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon butter with 1/4 cup okara

BTW:

I decided to try something different with this recipe… I put the bread machine setting on ‘dough’. I took it out after the first kneading and let it rise for 45 minutes in a bread pan… then egg-washed the top and sliced it.

I baked it for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees* and waddaya know!

It turned out perfect! And so easy to slice too. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Now I can top it** too: Oatmeal, sesame or sunflower seeds, nuts… very easy. And yummy.

*Tip: My baking pan is a super heat conductor, so you may have to up the temperature to 375..? Just check it for color and you’ll be fine!

**Tip: Brush the dough with water to get the toppings to stick.