I am stubborn and hate following recipes or being told what to do :) But after making many unsuccessful loaves (lead bread) I have now relented and follow the order of the recipe.
Whole Wheat Honey Bread Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup warm water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup milk
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup of water (at a temp. of 110 to 120 degrees F) with the salt, and the yeast and mix.
Add the oil, the honey, and the milk and stir until mix.
Mix in the flour and stir until the dough starts pull away from the bowl.
Place the dough on a lightly flour surface and knead the dough for 6 to 10 minutes or until the dough become smooth.
Place a small amount of flour in a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl and flip the dough to cover the dough with flour. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise for approx. 1 hour, the dough should double in size. Note: This may take longer if the room is cold.
Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into an 8 inch log.
Loosely cover with towel and let raise for 30 to 60 minutes until the dough raises approx.1 inch around.
This is when I sometimes get creative and make my cuts and shapes on the top of loaf!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F place in center of oven and cook for about 40 minutes. Let bread cool then slice.