Honey Whole Wheat Bread – Green Market Baking Book

I was recently sent a free copy of The Green Market Baking Book to review. The Green Market Baking Book is a collection of recipes contributed by bakers and chefs in “a desire to give people alternatives to baking with refined sugar and artifical sugar products, and to encourage them to support their local food communities.”

What I liked best about the Green Market Baking Book is the information it gives on baking with what’s in season. The recipes are arranged according to season and there’s great information about what produce is available that season, as well information on choosing and storing that season’s produce. There’s also great information for sugar substitutions in your own recipes.

The book is well organized and beautifully designed, but I was disappointed that there were no photographs in the cookbook. A mouth-watering picture always motivates  me to try a recipe.

My son was home sick from school and I was making him chicken noodle soup, so I decided to make the Green Market Baking Book Honey Whole Wheat Bread to accompany the soup.

The recipe uses a blend of whole wheat flour and bread flour, so the bread is nice and light, not heavy like some wheat breads I’ve made. The honey shines through and gives it a slightly sweet flavor. It was wonderful hot out of the oven, but even better toasted with jam the next morning!

I look forward to trying out more of the Green Market Baking Book recipes when our local farmer’s market opens in June.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread – Green Market Baking Book

Honey Whole Wheat Bread – Green Market Baking Book

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup whole milk (I used 1%)
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vital wheat gluten (my addition)
  • 2 to 3 cups bread flour (I used less than 2 cups)

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add two teaspoons of the honey and allow the yeast to sit for 10 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. Combine the milk, honey and butter together over low heat until the butter melts. (I did this step in a microwave safe measuring cup in the microwave.) Add this to the yeast.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, salt and vital wheat gluten. Add the liquids and stir until well mixed. Add one cup of bread flour then gradually continue to add as much of the remaining flour necessary until the dough forms a ball.
  4. Knead the dough for 7 to 8 minutes.
  5. Put the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover. Place in a warm space until the dough doubles in size.
  6. Punch down the dough and let rise for 30 minutes.
  7. Form the dough into loaves and place them in greased loaf pans, or form into rounds and place on a baking sheet. Cover the dough and allow it to rise again until double in size.
  8. Bake at 350º for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bread is baked through and firm to touch. (The oven temperature was omitted in the cookbook but 350º worked well.)

Notes

slightly adapted from Green Market Baking Book

http://www.barbarabakes.com/2011/04/honey-whole-wheat-bread-green-market-baking-book/




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  1. says

    Barbara – Thanks for supplying the pictures! Like you, I’m more motivated when I see the result and yours looks superb. I’ve saved this as a favorite link to my recipes folder and will try it as soon as I can grab a moment.

  2. says

    This looks heavenly! I am curious about the vital wheat gluten. Do I need that for this recipe? If so, where do I get it? Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    Barbara, you are a professional baker! The loaves look terrific!

  4. says

    Owwwh…. This looks so good, I am craving a big tasty piece of bread, and yours is exactly what I want. :) I am loving this recipe. Yum!

  5. says

    This bread is beautiful…and my favorite way to enjoy homemade bread is toasted! My mom makes some amazing bread – I don’t quite think I make it quite as good as her….however, having had some of her bread this last weekend and seeing your bread here makes me want to make my own loaf!

  6. says

    Mmmm quel burro che si scioglie sul pane caldo mi ha fatto venire voglia di fare colazione a quest’ora…ha un bellissimo aspetto e deve essere delizioso.
    Ciao a presto!

  7. says

    I know what you mean about photos. They should add yours to this recipe:) My husband is a honey connoisseur of sorts, so we have quite a variety. I’ll have to try this. It turned out great, Barbara.

  8. says

    What beautiful bread. On my list of kitchen goals this year was to find a great loaf of bread and it sure would be nice if it was whole wheat. Looks great!

  9. says

    It’s lovely Barbara…and toasted looks very very addictive. I like books that go seasonal, and yes, would have been wonderful if it had pictures. I love the look of this bread!