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Wholesome Wheat Bread

 Wholesome Wheat Bread
My sister and I were in 4-H, and Mom was our breads project leader for years. Because of that early training, fresh homemade bread like this is a staple in my own kitchen. -Karen Wingate, Coldwater, Kansas
32 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the sugar, butter,
  • honey, milk powder, salt and whole wheat flour; beat until smooth.
  • Add enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10
  • minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover
  • and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down. Shape dough into traditional loaves or divide into
  • fourths and roll each portion into a 15-in. rope. Twist two ropes
  • together. Place in greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let
  • rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

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Wholesome Wheat Bread (continued)

Nutritional Facts: One slice (prepared with margarine) equals 144 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 239 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.