Monday, March 1, 2010

Whole Wheat French Bread

I love having some French bread in the freezer, ready to be taken out, defrosted, and made into some yummy garlic bread. Or topped with tomato sauce and cheese for a quick French bread pizza.

I made four loaves of whole wheat French bread for Freezer Cooking Day this weekend. (I hope you followed me on Twitter to follow my cooking progress, and became a fan on Facebook to see pictures of the results!) Here's the recipe - it makes two loaves. I originally got this from somewhere on the Internet, but forgot to get attribution, and modified the recipe some. Enjoy!

Breadmaker Whole Wheat French Bread

1-1/2 cups water
4 tsp. or 2 packets yeast
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. honey

Add ingredients in the order listed. (I know... I usually add the salt to the water and the yeast with the dry ingredients, but this is what the original recipe called for.) Put breadmaker on dough cycle. Check after a few minutes of kneading - it should make a solid ball. If dough is too wet, add flour by the tablespoon until a ball is made. Check during the rising part of the cycle to make sure that the dough does not overflow the bread pan; if it is close, punch down the dough manually.

Once cycle is complete, divide dough into two long loaves and place on a greased baking tray. Allow loaves to rise in a warm place (for me, that's in the oven after the oven's been turned on for one minute, then turned off) for about 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven (take the bread out first if it was rising there!) at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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13 comments:

Teaching Money to Kids March 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

so if I wanted to freeze this recipe, when would that be?
Before the warm oven rise?
And then do you defrost in the fridge and then just do the warm oven rise,
Can you tell I don't do bread much?
But I would like to be able to make some ahead, and then have it ready when I needed it.

Jen March 2, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

I LOVE homemade breads, reminds of when I was younger and my grandmother would serve warm bread with butter. Mmmmmm. Thanks for sharing.

Jen @ A Penny Saved

Laura @ Frugal Follies March 2, 2010 at 7:32 AM  

Teaching Money to Kids - I froze the bread after I baked it - slicing it in half, then in half lengthwise, and wrapping in plastic wrap and stored in gallon-sized freezer bags.

You could probably freeze the dough after the bread machine cycle but before the loaves are formed and rise. I haven't tried this though.

Jen - homemade bread is the best! I need to learn to make good whole wheat sandwich bread... a challenge for another time.

Suburban Hooker March 2, 2010 at 7:42 AM  

Always homemade bread is best!!! Thanks for this recipe, looks like a winner!

edna March 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

I am trying really hard to get into the habit of making things from scratch again. I love homemade bread.

Renee March 4, 2010 at 1:22 PM  

Oh, yum....we love homemade bread in our house! Thanks for sharing.

Renee'
Kitchen Comforts

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five March 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

I've been looking for something exactly like this! Can't wait to give it a try...

Michael Lee West March 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

This was awesome! Thanks for the recipes--there's nothing like homemade bread.
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Anonymous,  March 5, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

Thanks for linking up to Freezer Food Friday.The bread looks delicious!

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