We love to bake together and often make our own bread. Our favorite go-to recipe is one that my Grandma passed down to me called granary bread (basically just whole wheat bread). We go through periods of making it once a week (and then periods when I'm lazy and buy our bread from the local bakery).
So when Maia's friend Stella spent the day with us yesterday, we baked bread.
We also drew,
had a picnic and watched fish at the arboretum,
and finally, after naps, ate a bread and butter snack.
OUR FAVORITE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD RECIPE
(My Grandma's Granary Bread)
- 3 3/4 to 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 packs dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 2 1/2 cups hot tap water
- 2-3 Tbsp toasted wheat germ
1. Stir to combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, undissolved yeast, and salt.
2. Add honey and butter, then water. Mix with whisk.
3. Add 1 cup more all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, and toasted wheat germ.
4. Stir in remaining whole wheat flour with a spoon, then enough more white to make a soft dough which leaves the sides of the bowl.
5. Knead on countertop. Place bowl over dough and let rest for 20 minutes.
6. Punch down.
7. Shape into two loaves and put in greased loaf pans. Brush with olive oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
8. Let stand at room temperature while heating oven to 400 degrees F. Cut 1/4 inch deep v-shaped slashes on tops of loaves.
9. Bake approximately 40 minutes.
This whole wheat bread is especially good toasted with butter and honey!
I usually slice one of the loaves to keep in the freezer since our family doesn't eat a lot of bread. I also play around with the recipe depending on time, inclination, and memory.