Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (without a bread maker)

My family made the switch to whole foods in April. The first thing to go was my beloved flavored Coffee-Mate creamer (bleh. can’t believe I ever drank that stuff!), the second thing to go was the Country Crock “buttery” spread (scary!), and the third thing to go was the
store bought sandwich bread. I couldn’t believe how many ingredients are put in a single loaf of bread! After months of trial and error bread baking (seriously 5 months… my family was so patient!), I finally found the yummiest bread recipe that doesn’t require a bread machine.

1.  First, I add my yeast to the warm water (think lukewarm, not hot) while that’s dissolving, I throw the flour and salt in my mixer. Once the yeast has dissolved, I dump in the melted butter and the honey into yeast and then pour all of it into my mixer. I let the mixer do it’s work with the bread hook attached, it takes about 3-5 minutes until the dough forms into a ball. So fast and so easy!  NOTE:  If kneading by hand (making without a mixer), try using only 4 cups of flour for best results.
2.  After that, I knead the ball of dough a couple of times and put it in a greased bowl, cover it with a dish towel and let it rise for an hour.
3.  After that, I knead again a couple of times, put it in a greased bread pan and let it rise again for at least 45 minutes.
4.  Then I bake at 350 for 30 minutes and immediately remove from the pan and let cool on a cooling rack. Mmmmm…. fresh bread. And only 6 ingredients.
NOTE:  This recipe makes one loaf.
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
**Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food.
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