1.31.2012

Wonder Wendy's Bread (aka heaven)

Uh, my mom gives this bread to EVERYONE.  Today I gave a loaf to my boss (for covering my shift-almost done being a sickie).  A lot of people have been asking for the recipe.  I don't think it is a family secret. So I'm putting it on here. (we'll see if my mom reads my blog). I can't say I've always been so optimistic about my mom's homemade bread.  I blame my middle school chubby phase to white store bread because anytime I went to a friends house I would wolf it down.  We never had store bread. My mom always made it. (tragic plight, right?)  Well, after a few years I smarted up.  And now I blame any extra fat on my body to my mom's homemade bread. My grandma taught her how to make it when she married my dad.  My mom taught me and gave me my grandmother's old bosh and wheat grinder.  So now my kids can grow up loving this bread.  And sick or needing-to-be-thanked neighbors and friends will benefit for the rest of my life.



This recipe is for a bosh mixer and makes 4 loaves of bread.  For girls night we're making it in kitchen aids since more people have those . . . I'll have to add the kitchen aid version here later once I figure it out.

Mom's White/Wheat Bread






Ingredients:

5 cups warm water (109 degrees)
2 Tablespoons SAF instant yeast
7 cups ground wheat (wheat flour)*

2/3 cups oil
2/3 cup sugar
1Tablespoon salt
5 cups white bread flour

Preparation:

Combine water, yeast, and ground wheat in mixer.  Mix 2 minutes. (Use your wrist to test the water.  It should be a little warmer than you would run a baby's bath. Too hot or too cold will kill the yeast.)

Add the oil, sugar, salt, and white bread flour. Mix 7 minutes. (Start with 4 cups of flour, then add a little at a time from the last cup until the dough is the right consistency. It should be a little sticky.)

Remove dough from mixer and place on oiled surface.  Split dough into even halves and then fourths. Knead well and place in well oiled bread pan. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Let bread rise just over the top of the pan (about 30 minutes).
Cook at 350 for 30 minutes. 

Once the loaves are done immediately remove them from the loaf pans and set on cooling rack.  Let them cool completely before placing in plastic bags so they don't sweat.

Freeze the extra loaves (if you don't eat all 4 in one day) and it still tastes totally fresh when you thaw it out. (Stick in microwave for 1 minute).
(You can also use half a loaf as pizza dough. Just roll it out thin, let it raise a little and bake at 400 degrees.)

*I have a wheat grinder, so buy wheat seed and grind it.  You can buy wheat flour at the store but it needs to stay refrigerated and will only keep a few months.  You can freeze it for up to 6 months.


8 comments:

  1. mmm. i love bread. but i think i love the way it smells better.

    thanks for the recipe! i will try and make it, hopefully it won't make me feel like i have zero skills in the kitchen.

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    1. It is kinda intimidating at first. A lot of people are scared of yeast. But you just have to experiment with it. Its so worth it.

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  2. Jenna this looks awesome! Definitely post (or tell me!) the kitchen aid recipe, as that's all I have :( Someday I will be cool enough to have a Bosch! Looks like amazing bread...maybe I'll have to get sick to try some! ;) And hope you feel better soon

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    1. Let's have a canasta party and I'll bring some bread. :)

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  3. Wendy's bread has changed my life! Remember the time we were at the grocery store and could pick out a treat and you picked white bread? Ha! Love you!

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  4. Hey, is the bread as good with out a wheat grinder? I have a prof grade kitchen aid...will be looking forward to that version. I am gonna try it! Thanks for sharing!
    -Julie

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    1. We tried it without a wheat grinder and it was just a little heavier. But still good! For the kitchen aid, just half the recipe!

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  5. Matthew 4:4

    4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

    Well, somehow, even with most of the family moved out, I still make 14 loaves of bread every week! A couple of loaves do go to Nanette each week, and I can always find a few people to give bread to.

    Grandma Morgan must be smiling down from heaven, watching you continue your legacy of bread making. My great grandmother Nellie ran a bakery out of her kitchen. She made pies and bread for the Governor. You have a double legacy of bread making! xoxoxo mom

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