I grew up on homemade bread.
So today I thought I would share with you the recipe that we use constantly.
I usually make a batch a bread once a week.
Before I start, let me tell you right now a few things. I use freshly ground wheat. I always grind a fresh batch right before I make bread. Any extra wheat goes into the freezer for things like pancakes, but I never use old ground wheat in my bread. Here you go:
Homemade Wheat Bread
1 can evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons Salt
1/2-2/3 cup Shortening
3/4 cup honey or sugar
3 1/4 cup, hot water
8 cups whole wheat flour.
Let this mix. While mixing put 2 Tablespoons sugar, 3 Tablespoons yeast & 1 cup warm water in a cup & mix together. Once it rises a little bit, dump it into the the mixture above. Mix until yeast mixture is all mixed in. Then shut off & let sit for 15 minutes.
Then add 5-6 cups flour. (3 of these are wheat & the rest is white flour).
Knead for 9 minutes.
Take out & put in a bowl.
Let it raise.
Then roll out into bread pans. I get 5 loaves out of this batch. (I only have 5 bread pans too, so that is the main reason.)
Once they have risen. Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes Or until the are golden done. I then dump mine out & let cool outside the pan & baste a little butter on the top of the loaves to keep them soft.
Cut & enjoy!!
Once everything is cool, I usually pre-cut everything up & freeze 3-4 loaves depending how much the first loaf got devoured in the first hour because nothing is better than hot bread & fresh strawberry freezer jam.