Friday, March 31, 2006

Easy Whole Wheat Bread

4 cups whole wheat flour
White flour
2 packs yeast
2 tablespoons molasses
1-3/4 cups warm water (divided)

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt

Set oven to lowest possible heat. Put whole wheat flour into a small cake pan and set it in the oven to warm slightly. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add molasses and stir. Grease two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl combine yeast mixture, vegetable oil, 1-1/4 cup warm water, and salt. Add whole wheat flour gradually, stirring well. When thoroughly mixed, knead in enough white flour to make a soft dough that can be easily handled. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn dough over so greased surface faces up. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. Punch down. Let dough rest a few minutes, then shape into two loaves. Let loaves rise until increased one-third in size, then bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake about 20 more minutes or until done. (If in doubt, remove a loaf from its pan and check the bottom of it!)

If you're in a major hurry, skip the first rising. Shape the loaves, let them rise, and bake them. The bread will be a bit more crumbly, so slice it thick.

Another great Easy Recipe

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There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

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