August 17, 2011

Bread Machine Wheat Bread

This has been my go-to wheat bread recipe for a few years now.  I used to make it every now and again, but recently I have been making it one to two times a week.  I have not purchased store-bought bread for a few months.  I decided I was going to try and make my own bread for awhile.  The store-bought brand that I prefer is around $4 a loaf, so it was adding up pretty quickly.  Although, I have not added up how much it is to make a homemade loaf of bread, but I would imagine it is cheaper.  Except that honey is pretty expensive now-a-days.  Even so, I still think it is cheaper to make my own bread and I am saving myself from all of those preservatives and since it is started in the bread machine it is a piece of cake to make.  
All you do is add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended, turn it on the dough cycle and let the bread machine do all of the work.  Then, after the dough cycle is over, remove from the bread machine and cook it in your oven.  I prefer it that way, because cooking it in the oven creates a much better crust than if you were to cook it in the bread machine.
I love to eat this bread with my mom's homemade strawberry jam!!  Just imagine a warm piece of homemade bread with butter and homemade jam!!   
Bread Machine Wheat Bread

1 c. warm water
1 Tbl. milk
2 Tbl. brown sugar
2 Tbl. vegetable oil
2 Tbl. honey
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. wheat flour
2 tsp. instant yeast

Place ingredients in your bread machine pan in the order listed above, starting with water and ending with yeast.  (Or add ingredients in the order recommended by your bread machine manufacturer).  Start your bread machine on the dough cycle (mine takes 1 1/2 hours).  Then, remove from bread pan and place in a greased loaf pan, stretching the dough to completely fill the pan.  Let rise while your oven preheats to 350 degrees.  Bake 30-35 minutes.  If the top begins to brown too quickly.  Place a piece of foil lightly on top of the bread for the remaining cooking time.  Yield: 1 loaf. Stays fresh for 3-4 days.  If you don't eat it up within a few days and it starts to get a little dry, don't throw it away, because it will still make great toast!  

17 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! I may have to give it a whirl!

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  2. I am sooo trying this tomorrow! I've needed an excuse to pull my bread machine out.

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  3. This is the best bread I've ever made! I've made it twice - turned out great both times. Thank you so much! I've been needing a trustworthy bread recipe!

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    1. Deb - I am so glad you like it! - Jenn

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  4. This was delicious!! How do I get the "yeast" taste out? It's a little too much.

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    1. Sorry you thought the yeast taste was a little too much. I have never noticed it tasting like yeast. I have heard before that if you let the dough rise too long, then it will cause a yeasty flavor. How long is your dough cycle on your bread machine? Lately when I make this I have been adding 1/2 - 3/4 tsp. cinnamon and it makes a delicious piece of toast with butter for breakfast.

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  5. I seem to have the yeast taste in all bread I make....maybe I'm just being picky. Dough cycle is 1 hr, 20 min. I wonder what would happen if I use a tad less yeast. Maybe I'll try next time. Thanks.

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    1. Let me know how it works! - Jenn

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  6. I've never thought of doing the dough in the machine and then baking it in a regualr loaf pan. I have an old bread machine that has the round upright loaf, and I don't love the shape. Last night I made this bread - dough made in the machine, and then baked in the oven. Turned out great! Only way to go from now on!

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    1. That is the only way I do it now too! Good to hear it worked out for you - Jenn

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  7. Would it also work well if I just baked it in the bread machine or does it turn out better in the oven? Im lazy...lol

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    1. I am personally NOT a fan of bread that is baked in the bread machine. I think the crust turns out tuff and chewy. I much prefer it baked in the oven, but it is up to you. -Jenn

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  8. What if you use 2 smaller loaf pans? Do you think you need to cook the same time?

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    1. Ally - I have not tried it, but I would imagine you would need to bake the smaller loaves less time. I use a standard 9x5 inch loaf pan and I bake it for 30 minutes. -Jenn

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  9. Gotta say, this is my favorite bread recipe. We use it for EVERYTHING. (:

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    1. That is so good to hear :) I'm glad you like it as much as I do.

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