Make Whole Grain Honey Wheat Bread

Nothing can quite compare to the flavor and experience of freshly baked homemade bread. The intoxicating aroma fills your home as it bakes, hinting at what's to come. The first bite will blow away your taste buds; the nutty background flavor from the whole grains combines beautifully with the sweet honey and tart cranberries. Words fail to properly describe the scrumptious nature of this bread, so you will have to bake it and try it for yourself!

Special Equipment:

You will need a well powered food processor with a dough blade.

Ingredients for one loaf:

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup water

3 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks

3 tablespoons honey

1 package or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Directions:

Combine the milk, water, butter and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over a very low flame until warm but not hot. The ideal temperature range is between 105 and 115 degrees F. Do not allow to get any hotter or the heat will kill the yeast. Stir in the yeast until dissolved and set aside.

Position the dough blade in the work bowl of your favorite food processor. Add the whole wheat flour, salt and cranberries. Process for 15 seconds, then use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl. Process again, this time until thoroughly mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. With the food processor running, slowly add the liquid mixture through the feed tube. Process for about 1 minute; this will knead the dough which will form a slightly sticky ball.

Remove the dough from the food processor and transfer to a greased bowl. Turn over to grease all sides. Cover with a kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. This should take about an hour; the exact time will depend upon the temperature and humidity.

Punch the dough down. Shape into a loaf and put into a greased loaf pan, 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch. Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. There are a couple of ways to tell if it's done. The most accurate is with an instant read thermometer. You are looking for an internal temperature of 205 to 210 degrees F. If you are without such a device, look for a browned loaf that sounds hollow when tapped.

Cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before eating.

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