Monday, April 14, 2008

Recipe Monday: Carrie's Honey Wheat Bread

This is an Oster bread machine recipe that I have come to enjoy tremendously. The bread is not too crumbly, works well for both turkey sandwiches and garlic bread with cheese (and dunked in spaghetti or marinara sauce).

9-10 ounces water
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons honey
3.5 cups bread flour
1 cup wheat flakes
2 tablespoons wheat bran (I substituted whole wheat flour)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

All ingredients should be at room temperature (70-80 degrees Fahrenheit/21-27 degrees Celsius). Measure all ingredients in the order listed above. Select Whole Wheat setting (I used Basic and had no problems). Select crust setting if other than "Medium". Press the "Start/Stop" button to begin the breadmaking process. Remove bread when the cycle is complete and let cool. Makes a 2-pound loaf.

The bread tastes wonderful when still warm and spread with butter. I use half the amount of ingredients for a 1-pound loaf and that gives a nice size for a sandwich. I also use up the wheat flake cereal I do not like. Butter and crystalized honey were heated briefly in the microwave and that worked well in the bread.

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