January 23, 2015

52 Loaves Challenge: Honey Whole Wheat Bread



How are ya'll doing with your bread making? Have you tried each of the recipes so far? I've had some wonderful pictures, emails, and messages for ones that have tried the recipes so far. THANK YOU for sending them to me, and I love hearing from you!! Please continue to do so! :)





Last week, I did a Simple White Bread recipe that I'm hoping to make a staple in my house. Today, I thought I'd share a wheat version recipe. I've made this recipe a few times in the past, and it always turns out well! It has honey in it, so just a little sweetness which my family loves! I hope you love it!






Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients:

For your proof -
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tblsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tblsp honey
For your mixing bowl -
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tblsp salt

Directions:
This recipe is done in sections.
1. First, beat together 1/2 cup of water, 2 tblsp of yeast, and 1 tblsp of honey. Stir well and let sit until it rises to double the size. This is where you proof the yeast, and I usually just do mine in a bigger measuring cup.


2. While waiting, mix together 2 1/2 cups of warm water and 1 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour in your stand mixer on medium speed.


3.  Once the yeast mixture doubles, add to flour/water mixture. Stir in 1/3 cup of melted butter, 1/3 cup of honey, and 1 tblsp of salt.


4. Once mixed well, add additional flour. The directions state 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour. I added 5 cups to begin with and worked with it until it became smooth and not sticky. I used about 6 cups total of flour.


5. Separate dough into 3 balls, shape into loaves, and place in 3 well greased medium size loaf pans. Allow to rise in a warm oven for 10-20 minutes. You can turn on your oven light and set your pans in there to rise.


{risen and ready to bake!}
6. Take out the loaves and preheat oven to 375. Bake the bread for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and brush loaves with melted butter. (or rub a stick of cold butter over each loaf--which is what I did!)

{ Two of my loaves cooling on a wire rack}


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January 22, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #104

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It's been a very mild week for us! How's the weather in your neck of the woods? I am loving the milder weather, but with that, we get a lot of wet, mushy ground which isn't good! All the animals are enjoying themselves and the chickens are glad they can still roam around the homestead without walking in snow! :) My full time job as an accountant has picked up tremendously with tax season starting, and I know I'll have lots of long nights ahead of me. I will continue to keep up on my blog with new posts, and of course, my 52 Loaves Challenge, but I don't want to overwhelm myself. I'll be finishing up my busy season just in time for planting season here on the farm. :)
  

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January 16, 2015

52 Loaves Challenge: Simple White Bread

We are on the 2nd week of my 52 Loaves Challenge....how are you doing? Were you able to make the Cinnamon Swirl quick bread? I've had a few pictures posted on my Facebook page and one reader emailed me her lovely pictures! If you tried it, I hope it turned out as delicious as mine did!!

My cinnamon swirl lasted two days in the house, hahaha! My son especially loved it and had it as many times as he could sneak it in. :) Everyone loved having fresh bread that I ended up making a chocolate pound loaf on Monday too.

Today I'm sharing a recipe for white bread. The recipe come from a Kitchen Aid cookbook that I received with my stand mixer, and it was the first bread recipe I tried. My first attempts made ugly bread, but it was still tasty! I'm learning and each time, it looks better and better!


{the recipe from my cookbook}


Sandwich bread is used a lot in our home. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner, we use sandwich bread. For my two week grocery trip, I buy 4 loaves of bread and freeze them. My goal is to make two loaves of sandwich bread each week and eliminate buying it at the grocery store.....we'll see how well I do!



Simple White Bread

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup milk
• 3 tblsp. sugar
• 2 tsp. salt
• 3 tblsp. butter
• 2 pkgs active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp = 1 pkg of yeast)
• 1 1/2 cups warm water
• 5 - 6 cups all-purpose flour


Directions:


1. Place milk, sugar, salt, and butter in a small pot. Heat it over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves.


{milk, sugar, salt, & butter}

2. While you're waiting for milk mixture to cool a bit, dissolve yeast in warm water in the warmed mixer bowl.


{yeast brand I used}



{warm water & yeast}

3. Add the warm milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture.


{the melted milk/butter mixture in with the yeast}

4. Attach the dough hook to your mixer, and mix slowly (you don't want the flour to start flying!) for about a minute.

5. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until the dough clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. (I only used 5 1/2 cups total of flour.)
 

{see how the dough is cleaning the sides of the bowl?}

6. Put the dough in a greased bowl, and roll the dough to grease all over. Cover with a clean towel, and set in a warm place to rise - about an hour.


{just put in - waiting to rise}

7. Your dough should have risen. Punch down the dough, and separate into two halves.
 

{after an hour - look how big it got!}

8. Shape into loaf and place in two greased loaf pans. Cover and place in a warm place to rise again - about an hour. 


{not perfect, but it'll do!}


9. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.


{hmmm...where'd half of the loaf go?}


This recipe is intended to be used with a stand mixer, but you could use a bowl and spoon/spatula to mix by hand. I would recommend a rubber spoon/spatula so that the dough comes off easily.




{a great late night snack!}

January 15, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #103

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Good morning, and welcome to another addition of the HomeAcre Hop!! I hope you'll be able to find some time to check out the great posts linked up! We are creeping up on the middle of January, and closer and closer to Spring. :)

I've got my seed list completed, and my seed order ready. I can't wait for my package to get here! We'll be starting seeds soon just next month. It's going to be exciting! Do you start seeds indoor?  
 
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January 9, 2015

52 Loaves Challenge: Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

I'm excited to start off my 52 Loaves Challenge and share with ya'll a weekly bread recipe! I was soooo excited that I didn't double check to make sure that I had all the ingredients to make my first recipe. I know I talked about it on my Facebook page on Wednesday, and even gave ya'll the list of ingredients you'd need, but apparently someone needed to remind me! Yep, I totally flopped on this one!

My plan for today was to start off with Simple White Sandwich Bread. It's probably the bread we use the most in our home. But I was missing the main ingredient - - - yeast!! Here's all that I had left of my yeast. :( Not much, and the recipe called for 2 packages of yeast, which equals to 4 1/2 teaspoons. That doesn't look enough!

{not enough yeast!}
So, I'm frantically searching my cookbooks to find something I can make without yeast and came across this recipe, Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread. It sounded delicious, and I knew it'd be perfect for breakfast the next morning!

I've honestly never heard the words "quick bread" before, so I decided to look it up and see what that meant.

According to Definitions.net -
  • Quick bread is a type of bread which is leavened with leavening agents other than yeast. Quick breads include many cakes, brownies, and cookies, as well as banana bread, beer bread, biscuits, cornbread, muffins, pancakes, scones, and soda bread. This recipe calls for baking soda.
Now I know! And it's good to know when I run out of yeast again! :)

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Ingredients:
2 cups all - purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil (I used 1/4 cup of applesauce instead.)
3 tsp. ground cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients:
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 to 2 tsp. milk


Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, combine milk, egg, and oil (or applesauce) and mix well. Once mixed well, stir into flour bowl just until moistened.

{all the dry ingredients mixed}

{I've been substituting my oils for applesauce - ratio 1:1}
2.  In another small bowl, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar.

{cinnamon & brown sugar, yum!}
3.  Grease liberally a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Pour half of your bread batter into the pan and smooth out. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

{half the batter smoothed out}


{cinnamon/sugar mix on top}

4.  Pour the remaining batter, and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. Then take a butter knife, and cut through the batter making swirls for the cinnamon.


{attempting to swirl}

5.  Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before trying to remove from the pan.
 
6.  While you're waiting, combine the confectioners' sugar and enough milk to reach the consistency that you want for your icing. Drizzle over the loaf.

 
 
This tastes so delicious and makes my kitchen smell amazing!! I hope that you try this recipe out over the weekend, and let me know how you like it. I want to see those pictures on Instragram or Facebook!! Remember to tag it #hgoth52loaves! Also, if you don't have accounts in either, you can always email me your pictures at mhwoolly@yahoo.com. And I promise I will go buy some yeast in bulk, and I'll be sharing the simple white sandwich bread recipe next week!!

 


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January 8, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #102

Welcome to the 

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January is already in full swing and winter has finally decided to come to my part of the world. We are experiencing bitter cold temperatures and wind this week.....brrr! The kids are even out of school tomorrow because of the below zero temperatures! Lucky them! :)
 
My workload at my day job is about to get super busy and crazy over the next few months. Oy....I know it happens every year, but I'm not looking forward to it. We've also been getting tons of seed catalogs in the mail, and I'm ready to start planting seeds inside....anxiously waiting for warmer weather. How about you?
 
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Come check out some great link-ups from my blog here, and go visit my other fantastic, fellow co-hosts: 
It's neat to see which blogs each co-host is featuring that they loved from the following week! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google +, or by email! You can find me on Facebook here.

FEATURED POST
This week, we are featuring our first "liked" post! Going forward, we've decided we will be featuring the most visited post. It worked out perfect for this week that our feature was the most "liked" and visited from last week's hop. Each week we'll share the most visited post, so please make sure that you link up to our hop to be featured!
 
Also, wanted to remind ya'll again to please read through the new Hop Rules for the new year. I'll be sharing my other favorites on my FB page this week, so check those out too!
 
 

 
 
Congrats Rebekah!! :) If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop! We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!


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  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you them here!!
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