I've been looking for a honey wheat bread recipe that is soft and light. Since I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, I found one that came close and made some changes to fit my taste.
This bread is soft and light like homemade white bread but tastes better and is better for you.
Here's what you are going to need for 1 loaf:
1 cup of milk
2 Tablespoons of honey
1/4 cup of butter, melted
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup of bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) Rapid Rise Yeast
1 Tablespoon Vital Wheat Gluten
1 teaspoon salt
A little more melted butter for brushing on top of the loaf (maybe 1 Tablespoon)
Here's what you need to do:
In a saucepan, combine the milk, butter and honey. Heat to 110° F.
Place the ingredients in your bread machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. Put the machine on the dough cycle. Check it after about 10 minutes to make sure that the dough is not sticking to the sides of the pan. If it is, sprinkle in a little more bread flour.
When it has finished, remove the dough from the machine and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle as best you can. Roll into a tight roll. Turn the ends under to form a nice neat loaf.
Place the loaf in a greased 9" x 5" loaf pan. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to about an 1 hour depending upon how warm your kitchen is.
Bake in a preheated 350° F. oven for about 30 minutes or until bread reaches an internal temperature of 200° F. Remove from pan and brush with melted butter. Cover and allow to cool on a wire rack.
I divided the dough into 8 equal parts, rolled them into balls, flattened them. I covered and let them rise in a warm place free from draft until they doubled. It took about an hour and then baked. They didn't take quite as long to bake as the loaves. It made 8 wonderfully soft hamburger buns!
Don't have a bread machine? Here are some tips that may help: How to Make Bread Without A Bread Machine
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