One of the biggest reasons people don’t cook or bake their own foods is because they’re busy. I get that. However, one of the things I have learned is that there is nothing more important and better for you, than knowing exactly what is in the food you’re putting in you and your family’s bodies. Using simple whole ingredients is the key to making healthy, life long, changes in your diet without feeling like you’re cutting out entire food groups that your body needs to function. Like good carbs! Your body (and soul) genuinely needs them. Especially if you’re an active person..I know I have carb swap options in my recipes, but I still eat bread. It’s about finding a balance and making sure the carbs you’re eating are going to benefit you like whole grains and fruits. I know personally I can tell my runs and workouts are better when I have adequate carbs. So I prioritize and take a negligible amount of time out of my day once every two weeks or so to make my own whole wheat loaf. It’s easy, smells a lot better than a grocery store, and theres nothing more satisfying than knowing theres only 6 ingredients vs the 17 in some top rated bread brands. I think people assume bread is an all day task that needs babysitting. This could not be further from the truth and I’ve got the perfect recipe to prove it.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 pack of Instant Yeast
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 and 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 tbs and 2 tsp of honey
- 2 tbs and 2 tsp of olive oil
- 1 and 1/4 tsp salt
What You’ll Do:
- Add the warm water, 1 cup of flour, and the yeast packet into your stand mixer bowl. Cover, and let set for 20 minutes. The yeast will start to do its magic and look frothy. This is a great time to go swap the laundry, water the plants, empty the dishwasher, or any other quick item on your todo list!
- Add other 2 cups of flour, honey, salt, and olive oil. Mix dough until its formed a rough ball and not really sticking to the sides. Switch over to the dough hook and let the mixer kneed for about 6 minutes. The dough will be sticky to the touch, but not want to stick all over your hands. If thats the case for you, add a little bit more flour. About a tbs at a time.
- Take your dough out and form a loaf shape. Place in greased loaf pan. Cover and let set for an hour to rise. Perfect time to finish anything else on your list or errands you have to run!
- Preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove from pan as soon as possible to cool on an actual cooling rack. This allows air flow under neither and avoids a soggy bottom. Cool completely, wrap it up, and enjoy!
See how easy that was? I started the process at 11:20am and have a hot fresh loaf of bread two hours later on top of getting all the house hold chores done. Give it a try and I promise you’ll never want to go back to store bought bread again!
This recipe made just one loaf of whole wheat bread, however, I have successfully doubled it in the past. Also, have some fun with it! Feel free to add spices and herbs and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear from you.