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This is my “go to” bread recipe that I make every single week! I can’t believe I haven’t shared it on my blog here yet. When I make bread each week, I usually make 4 loaves of bread and I use 1 loaf worth of dough to make a batch of hamburger buns. I love this recipe…it is so simple and the bread turns out wonderful each and every time. Enjoy!
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
(Makes 5 loaves of bread)
5 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil (I use olive oil)
1/2 cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt, heaping (I use sea salt)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
10 cups flour (I use hard white wheat)
3 Tablespoons yeast
2+ cups additional flour, add as needed
Place ingredients into your heavy duty mixer (I have a Bosch and LOVE it!) in the order listed (except the 2 cups additional flour).
Knead on Speed 1, quickly adding in the additional flour until the dough pulls away from side of bowl. Then knead for 8 minutes on Speed 2.
Remove dough, divide into 5 loaves, and place in greased pans to rise. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm oven for about 30-45 minutes or until double in size (I turn the oven on for a few minutes to warm it up and then turn it off. I then place the bread pans in the oven with the oven light on to rise.) Don’t allow the bread to rise too long. When the bread starts to come above the top of the pans it is time to turn the oven on and start to bake the loaves. The loaves will continue to rise some as they bake, so don’t make the mistake of getting them as high as you want the finished loaf to be before starting to bake them!
When bread is done rising, remove towels covering pans, turn oven on to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes or until tops and sides of bread are brown. Remove from pans and let cool completely before storing. This bread freezes well too!