Homemade Wheat Bread
by Jennifer Willis
Homemade wheat bread is a food storage staple. The more bread you make, the better you'll get. Start practicing now. In an emergency, this is not something you want to start learning to do.
- 4 Tablespoons yeast
- 8 teaspoons salt
- 1 Cup honey
- 1 Cup oil
- ½ Cup powdered milk
- 2 Cups warm water (If the water is cold, the yeast won’t activate. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast. We use hot tap water because we mix it in with the other ingredients before we add in the yeast. It cools down a bit.)
- 3-7 Cups leftover oatmeal cereal
- Approximately 20 Cups wheat flour - White wheat works better than red wheat for making bread. Grind your wheat flour fresh so that the oil in the wheat flour doesn't go rancid.
Leftover mash potatoes is another ingredient you can add to your bread.
My mom adds ground sprouted wheat to give the bread a chewy consistency.
We found that leftover oatmeal makes the bread moist and chewy.
You can make your own adjustments to this recipe or combine it with other great homemade wheat bread recipes. Create your own masterpiece.
- Put all the ingredients except the flour in a bowl and let the yeast activate for 5-10 minutes (This means to wait until the yeast gets bubbly and foamy).
- Add 10 cups of flour, mix it for at least 5 minutes, then let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Mix in another 5-8 cups of flour.
Let the bread dough mix for 5 more minutes. It improves the texture of the bread to kneed (mix) it for a while. You want to mix the dough thoroughly while it is still wet and sticky.
- Now add in the rest of the flour. Keep adding flour until the dough is the right consistency (moist but not sticky). You might not need all 20 cups of flour, or you might need a little more. Mix the dough for another 5 minutes.
- Shape your loaves and put them into greased loaf pans.
- Let the bread dough rise for 10-30 minutes. The rising time depends on how warm your kitchen is. You can put the loaves in the oven and heat it up to 110°, then turn off the oven.
- When the loaves of bread have doubled in size, turn the oven to 350°. Leave the bread in the oven while it comes up to temperature.
- Bake your bread for 45 minutes. Some ovens bake hotter than others. You might need to adjust the baking time to your oven. The bread should be a light golden brown.
Makes 4-5 loaves of bread.
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