February 4, 2014

Simple Whole Wheat Bread

Simple Whole Wheat Bread
Simple Whole Wheat Bread



I am attempting to teach my kids to pick-up after themselves. Yesterday I had the unfortunate luck of stepping on a Lego my kids had left out. This led to me jumping up and down on one foot and waking up my oldest. Those little Legos are pretty much evil. They get right into the middle of your foot and stick there so you keep stepping on them while screaming that you stepped on it in the first place. What I really don't understand is how my kids have an entire bedroom, but all of their stuff ends up in the living room. Even if they dump the toys out on their bedroom floor they somehow migrate into my space and then I step on something. I wish it was just my boys, except my husband seems to have the same problem with his shoes. I find 2-3 pairs of shoes everyday that my husband has something left in the living room, oftentimes with his socks stuck inside. So this week my boys are learning about personal responsibility. I refuse to keep stepping on toys everywhere I step.
Simple Whole Wheat Rolls
Simple Whole Wheat Rolls

Since I am the only one in my family that eats gluten free my kids go through periods where they really want bread, and pancakes and muffins. Pretty much anything with wheat flour. So today I let them have a day of gluten. I made pancakes and bread. My oldest came home from school very happy and told me it was the best day ever. Normally I follow the same bread recipe, but today I decided to try something new. I tried a recipe for Simple Whole Wheat Bread from Allrecipes.com.
Simple Whole Wheat Rolls
Simple Whole Wheat Rolls

This recipe has 8 ingredients. It takes 3 hours of total time, 20 minutes of which is active and makes 36 servings. I made a number of changes to the original recipe. First instead of making the recipe for 3 loaves, I reduced the amount to 24 servings and made half the dough as rolls and the other half as a loaf of bread. I found that my bread and rolls took longer to brown than the recipe stated, I left them in for an additional 10 minutes, so 40 minutes total. I like the tops of my bread to be nicely browned, especially for whole wheat. My rising time was an hour for the first rise and two hours for the second. Since it's winter my second rise always takes longer than in the summer when the house is much warmer. Just make sure that the dough rises about an inch over the top of the pan and it's ready to go in the oven.
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
Simple Whole Wheat Bread

My kids ate almost the whole batch of rolls within a couple of hours. They really loved the rolls. My husband ate the bread and thought that it was nice bread to have with a slather of butter. The bread is a little sweet since it has honey, which is perfect for rolls. I might make these rolls again for Easter, they are a nice way to use whole wheat flour in rolls while still being kid friendly. Definitely a recipe I will use again.

For the recipe go to Simple Whole Wheat Bread.
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