22 November 2017

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Whole wheat honey bread recipe

Whole wheat honey bread recipe - This is a soft, moist and  healthy bread made with wheat flour and honey. I call it  healthy because wheat flour contains natural antioxidants, fibers, B vitamins along with unique flavor, colour and texture. This bread also carries all the goodness of honey and yogurt. Honey is a healthy sweetener and enhances the taste of bread. Note that use of honey is optional and if you do not like to add honey you can skip it.

I have baked this healthy bread few days back. I set aside the dough for about 4 hours to rise higher enough to get the light and soft bread. Usually, I store bread at room temperature up to 3 days. Therefore I make only one loaf at a time. Several years back, I had joined a cookery class to learn  various cakes, breads, cookies and ice cream. There I learnt this bread. Since then I baked it a few times and every time it has come perfectly, so decided to share this recipe with you all. 

Bread is very handy and is useful in making quick sandwiches and toast. Freshly made green chutney with fresh cucumber and tomato slices make a healthy sandwich. A layer of jam and cheese on the toasted bread slices make delicious jam sandwiches and kids love it for sure. Peanut butter sandwich and white sauce sandwiches are one of the popular sandwiches. You can make bread upma, double ka meetha, shahi tukda, bread rasmalai and bread jamun with this bread.

Whole Wheat Honey Bread Recipe
whole wheat bread on a plate
Prep time: 4 hours
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time : 4 hour 45 mins
Recipe type : Bread
Cuisine : Global
Yield : 1 loaf
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients
  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • 2 ½ tbsp melted butter
  • 1 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ tbsp yogurt / curd
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
Method
  1. Pour 1/4 cup of  honey in a large bowl if you are using it. If you do not like to add honey you can skip it at this stage.
  2. Add the wheat flour, melted butter, curd and active dry yeast in the bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add the water, milk and salt. Mix till all the ingredients combine well. Knead it to a soft and stiff dough. Use more milk or water if required. Keep it covered in a warm place for 2 hours.
  4. Transfer this dough on a rolling board. Fold and punch it for 10 minutes. Keep it covered for another 30 minutes.
  5. Grease the container with melted butter and  put the above prepared dough in it. Level the surface of dough by tapping the dough. Keep it covered for another 1 ½ to 2 hours. Allow it to rise.
  6. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes. Place the container in the oven and bake it on 250 degrees C for 40-45 minutes. Rest it in the container for 5 minutes.
  7. Invert the container over a plate or wire rack. Allow it to cool and then slice into medium thick slices. 
  8. This whole wheat bread can be stored  at room temperature for about 3 days.
Whole wheat honey bread - step by step pictures

1.  Pour 1/4 cup of  honey in a large bowl. If you do not like to add honey you can skip it at this stage.
honey in a bowl
2.  Add the wheat flour, melted butter, curd and active dry yeast. Mix well.
add flour butter curd yeast and mix
3.  Add the water, milk and salt. Knead it to a soft and stiff dough. Keep it covered in a warm place for 2 hours.
knead the dough
4.  Transfer the dough on a rolling board. Fold and punch the dough for 10 minutes. Keep it covered for another 30 minutes.
punch the dough
5.  Grease the container with melted butter and  put the above prepared dough in it. Level the surface of  dough by tapping the dough. Keep it covered for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Allow it to rise.

6.  Preheat the oven for 10 minutes. Place the container in the oven and bake it on 250 degrees C  for 40-45 minutes.
transfer the dough to a greased container
7.  Rest it in the container for 5 minutes. Invert the container over a plate or wire rack. Allow it to cool.
bake the bread
8. Slice the bread into medium thick slices. This whole wheat honey bread can be stored  at room temperature for about 3 days.
Whole wheat honey bread is ready to serve