Justin has an appointment with a massage therapist once every three weeks. I know. I know. It’s a rough life. The problem is that most of the time he is too busy to go. And since he doesn’t realize he is going to be too busy to go until it’s too late to cancel…I have to go for him. I know. I know. It’s a rough life. But you know, I am his wife and so it’ my job to help him out with all the things he doesn’t have time for.
The massage makes me feel great. But honestly, one of the best parts is the massage therapist. She is one of those people you would pay to be around once every three weeks. She is the neatest person. I just love Jewel! Every time I go see her we talk about food, gardens, family, and more food. Then we exchange recipes. Well, that’s not exactly true. She gives me recipes. Last time I went she gave me this bread recipe. Oh my gosh!! It is so good. And so easy. Thanks Jewel. You are a lifesaver!!
Jewel told me that in this recipe you put all the ingredients in the bowl at once. Right then, I knew this was going to be my kind of recipe.
So, add all of the ingredients. Then mix on low speed in your Bosch or Kitchen Aid. Add as much flour as you need for dough to pull away from the side of the bowl. Make sure you don’t add too much flour. The dough should initially only pull 1/2 way up the side of the bowl.
Continue to let the mixer knead the dough on low speed for 5 minutes. Dough will begin to completely pull away. You can add 1-2 Tablespoons additional water if needed to keep dough soft.
Divide dough in loaves. I only make half of the recipe at a time. And that’s what I am giving you. So it makes 2 1/2 loaves.
Roll the dough out and shape it into loaves.
Set in greased bread pans.
Now this is where the 1/2 loaf comes into play. My mom used to make us a “bowl” of bread to eat right out of the oven. The loaves were saved for later. But the “bowl” was fair game. So I love making the “bowl” of bread. Which is the 1/2 loaf.
Rise until doubled. Mine took about an hour. It will depend on the temperature of your kitchen.
Isn’t that “bowl” so cute. And your family will love you for it!
Oh my!! This bread is so yummy. Ever since I have been married to Justin he hasn’t liked whole wheat bread. He says that his mom made it all the time and that he never got to have white bread. Poor guy. However, this bread recipe turned him into a whole wheat bread believer. Really, who could resist that bread “bowl”?
- 2½ cups warm water
- ¼ cup oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoon dough enhancer
- 1½ teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
- 5 cups ground wheat flour
- 1½ Tablespoons instant yeast (should be added after the flour)
- 1-2 cups additional flour
- Put all ingredients, except additional flour, in a mixer bowl. I use my Kitchen Aid and it works great.
- Mix on low speed until combined. Quickly add enough additional flour for dough to pull half way up the sides of the bowl.
- Mix on low speed for 5 minutes. The dough will completely pull away.
- Add 1-2 Tablespoons of water if needed to keep dough soft. (I did not need any additional water)
- Oil hands and counter. Divide dough into 2 large loaves and one small loaf. That's where I use the "bowl".
- Shape into loaves and put in greased bread pans.
- Let rise until doubled. About 45 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- If using a thermometer it should read 200 degrees.
This recipe was very slightly altered from the Bosch Whole Wheat Bread recipe.