Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Semi-Wheat Bread

Happy Wednesday guys!  I'm glad you guys liked my wedding bouquet idea! 

I'm pretty excited because tonight is our first sand volleyball game of the season.  It's just the start of more "active" nights.  During the winter, it's so hard to get motivated to do anything, but once spring hits - it's volleyball and softball season so I'm outside all the time!

It's actually a big weekend coming up too.  It's Thunder Over Louisville (one of the largest fireworks shows in the US!) and it pretty much signifies the start of 'Derby Season' (I don't think that's really a season, but everyone does start talking about Kentucky Derby this and Kentucky Derby that).  So looking forward to posting pics from the weekend to come!

Anyway, Andy's favorite type of bread is wheat bread, so when Sunday rolls around (my usual bread baking day) he's always begging for wheat bread.  I've got to give in to him every now and then, right? 


1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

In a large bowl, combine the water, milk, olive oil, honey, and brown sugar.  Add in both flours, yeast, and salt.

Knead dough for about 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Whole wheat flour always requires a little more elbow grease, so be prepared!

Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel.  Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and knead for a couple more minutes and form into a loaf.  Please in a greased loaf pan and cover with a kitchen towel.  Allow to rise for another hour, or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 350F.  Bake bread for 35-40 minutes.

Allow to cool for a couple minutes and turn onto wire rack to finish cooling.  Or if you can't hold back (like us), slice it up while it's still warm and serve with a pat of butter!

This was really great bread!  I'm actually using it tonight to make some Vietnamese Shrimp Toasts (hopefully a recipe is sure to come if all goes well!).

Well, I've got some last minute studying to do before my volleyball game tonight!  Wish me luck!

Have a great rest of your Wednesday guys!


  1. Ooh, Vietanmese shrimp toasts sound delicious!

  2. Hi Peggy! You are such a busy woman, studying, working, preparing your wedding, cooking, and baking...and playing valley ball! Thanks for posting this bread recipe. I really should make bread by myself considering how much my kids eat. I actually have a bread machine at home (but dust on top). I'm going to bring it out from pantry! I think I'll start with bread machine before using your recipe? I'm such a beginner... Hehee

  3. Looks like a great recipe---I could sink my teeth into that bread right now!

    Thunder Over Louisville sounds awesome!

  4. Totally adding this to my "to make" roster - it looks fabulous!

  5. Can't wait to see your next post for the Vietnamese Shrimp Toasts recipe...

  6. I love baking bread! Now that I'm more comfortable with it, I bake it all the time and play around with the flours. This looks perfect!

  7. Yum, great bread for breakfast, I am experimenting breads too lately and yours looks very hearty and delicious!

  8. I never make my own bread but this looks amazing! That's on my list of things to do...eventually :)

  9. So moist n happy bread..:)

    New to ur space n happy to follow u for upcoming wonderful recipes
    Do visit me when u get time.

  10. I am a fan of homemade bread...yours looks so great!

  11. Perfect bread with a great texture... Would be great to have as morning breakfast with a dollop of butter...

  12. Haha hey at least he's obsessed with wheat bread and not deep-fried twinkies! The bread looks delicious! Have fun at your volleyball game!

  13. I love freshly baked bread, and I like the sound of honey in this bread. It's definitely going on my baking list!

  14. Good luck in your volleyball game! I love sand volleyball but it's not that popular in CT. I knew I should have stayed in CO! Fabulous bread too, I love baking bread!

  15. Good luck with your game. Love the wheat bread. I am fan of home made bread.

  16. This bread sounds delicious! Definitely going on my list!

  17. I never make my own bread but this looks amazing! That's on my list of things to do...eventually



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