Friday, September 10, 2010

Half and Half Bread

Time Needed: 5-15 minutes
Level of difficulty: intermediate
Materials needed: 2 packages yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2/3 cup honey or brown sugar, 2/3 cup vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons salt, 5 cups warm water, 7 cups wheat flour, 7 cups white flour, 4 greased loaf pans, kitchen towel
Directions: Combine yeast, 1/2 cup water, and sugar and set aside to develop. Meanwhile, combine honey/brown sugar, oil, salt, and 5 cups water. Add all the wheat flour and mix thoroughly. Add developed yeast mixture and mix. Add the white flour 2-3 cups at a time. Knead for 10 minutes and then let rise until double (I let them rise in a cold oven with a towel on top - this keeps the temperature level and keeps moisture in). Once risen, punch down and shape into 4 loaves (this is hwy you've used so much flour!), which you will place in your greased loaf pans. Let this mix for 25-30 minutes, covered with a towel. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 35 minutes. Once done, cool loaves on a cooling rack. While cooling, you are welcome to brush the tops with butter or oil to increase sheen and slightly increase flavor, but it's awesome without it.

Disclaimer: I have a friend who does NOT eat any carbs. This has been her rule for years, starting even before the Atkins craze. I made her a loaf for her kids. When her daughter opened the package I'd put the bread in, my friend said the smell was so intoxicating, she had to try it. She said the crust was crispy and the inside was so soft. She said that before she knew it, she'd eaten half of the loaf herself! Now if that's not a vote of confidence for the recipe, I don't know what is!

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