Yogurt & Honey Wheat Bread

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I’ve been busily playing around with yogurt since I have discovered how to make it at home, and am quite happy with my success (I’ll share it here when I am sure I have it perfected). I modified one of my favorite white bread recipes to come up with this. I am sure it would be equally tasty as an all white bread or even a darker wheat if that’s your preference.   I found it tastes even better the second day.

Yogurt and Honey Wheat Bread

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

3 tablespoons honey

8 ounces warm water

1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup wheat flour

3-4 cups white flour

 

In a mixing bowl dissolve the yeast and honey in the warm water until the yeast bubbles and expands (about 5 minutes). Add the yogurt and wheat flour. Mix until just smooth on a low speed. Add the salt and 2 cups of white flour. Mix at a low speed, gradually increasing until dough starts to come together and smooth out. Gradually add the remaining white flour until a soft dough forms.

Please note, the more you mix the dough the more flour it will take and the denser it will be. I recommend turning the dough out onto a flour board when it just forms a ball and knead by hand for the last cup of flour. This should result in a lighter bread, it will take about 10 minutes of kneading.

Place back in the mixing bowl (or another large bowl if you don’t mind the dishes) and cover with a towel. Place in a warm place to ride for about an hour or until doubled.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for a minute. Divide and shape to fit your bread pans (Make sure to grease these!!)  This recipe will make about 2 regular sized loaves or 4 mini loaves.   Allow to rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425’F. Brush with butter and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped in the top.  Allow to cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes before turning out of pan. If the loaves are sticking, wait a few more minutes.

Enjoy!  Want to save them for later? After completely cool wrap in plastic wrap and freeze!

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