Sunday, July 8, 2007

Crunchy Wheat and Honey Bread (Bread Machine Recipe)

Prep/Total Time: 4 hours (hands-on time ~ 10-15 minutes)
Yield: 1 loaf

1 and 2/3 cups water
2 teaspoons butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2/3 cup toasted, slivered almonds
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Measure and add liquid ingredients to the bread pan. Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the bread pan.

Use your finger to form a well in the flour where you will pour the yeast. Yeast must never come in contact with a liquid when you are adding ingredients. Measure the yeast and carefully pour it into the well.

Snap the baking pan into the breadmaker and close the lid.

Choose the whole wheat setting and crust color. Start the machine.

Tips and Tricks
If you don't have a bread machine, this recipe can be adapted to be made by hand. Whole wheat flour needs additional kneading, as well as extra rising time. For additional tips on making bread with a bread machine, see this Tips and Tricks post. You can also use the bread machine to make the dough, then remove it, knead and shape as desired, then allow to rise before baking in the oven.
Make It Healthier
Use unsalted butter or trans-fat free spread.
How Kids Can Help
Measure ingredients. Make well in flour. Push buttons on bread machine.

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