Friday, June 5, 2015

Honey Wheat Bread

After Dayle retired he began baking bread.  Over time he worked on his recipe, adding and tweaking, with my help too, as I used to bake all of our bread.  Then he lost interest and I've been hinting that he bake some more for us.  So, he did!  You should have smelled the aroma of these golden loaves when they came out of the oven!  The texture is perfect and light.. the flavor is perfection!  There is enough wheat flour to add health and flavor, and enough white flower to make it light.  You can add sourdough starter if you have it, but this was made without it and it's fabulous.

The rolls are simply divine.  

Yes, there is too much butter on this.. but it tasted yummy!  I added the recipe for you -- I do hope you give it a try!

1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
½ cup warm water
1 can evaporated milk
¼ cup warm water
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup honey
2 tsp. salt
1 ½ cup wheat flour
3 ½ cup unbleached white flour (approx.)
1 egg, separated
1/2 cup sourdough starter (optional)

1.  In small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in ½ cup warm water.

2.  In mixer, combine milk, ¼ cup water, butter, honey, salt and wheat flour.  Add yeast mixture, egg yolk & 1/2 cup sourdough starter (optional).  

3.  Add bread flour until mixer can't mix it anymore then knead using more flour for 6-10 minutes to achieve satiny texture.

4.  Place dough in oiled bowl and let rise until doubled.

5.  Punch down and divide in two.  Roll into loaf shape, put in 2 bread pans, then brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Let rise until above pan about 1 1/2 inch.    Bake 23 minutes at 375 degrees. 
All of our flowers seemed to have benefited from the rainy days we had over the past several days.. now they will bloom and grow under the sunshine we're going to have over the next week or so.  Up into the 90s this weekend!  I'm so enjoying the Dahlias we've planted, I will never be without them again.

The basket where I put several different plants continues to look so pretty!

Our two big pots of Jasmine are covered with buds, it's going to smell divine as they open!

My little pansy face wanted to say hello to you.

This little Million Bells flower is in that pot and is finally blooming.. I loved the yellow marking on the fuchsia colored flower.

Pink lavender Dahlia.

The New Guinea Impatiens have the biggest flowers and bloom profusely and they do well without a lot of sun.

Yesterday was our last meeting of the year for Portland Women's Forum and our president, Bev, brought a cake to celebrate all the presidents over the year.  

My sister Roberta performed the swearing in ceremony for the officers - I will be serving as Treasurer for a 2nd year.

I am off to swim today - I do enjoy it more in the pool when the sun is shining in.  We have no plans for the weekend, which I do so enjoy.  Do you have any exciting plans or will you spend it relaxing?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Oh yum! Nothing better than the taste (and fragrance) of homemade bread straight from the oven! Lovely flowers--May is always such a beautiful month here. Yes, we do have plans--but in case they fall through I am keeping it a bloggie secret:) Have a great weekend Teresa!
    Blessings, Aimee

  2. I am so impressed by the look of the bread. I am afraid I cheat and use a bread making machine, but it is still good. All of your flowers are looking lovely, its a wonderful time of year.

  3. Well that bread.....oh my. My oh my. I want some right through the screen.
    thanks so much for sharing the recipe.
    I love night blooming jasmine..the smell is divine. I haven't ever tried to grow it..I may.
    You look great at the swearing in! Love the fuchsia on you!

  4. Oh and as for the weekend. What's with me? I have plans and I don't want to keep them.
    Im meeting two nurse pals for coffee tonight. They wanted me for dinner out but I just cant keep to my weight watchers points, so I'll join them later for just coffee.
    My old neighbor wants me to go to a knit shop with her tomorrow. I LOVE knit shops. Why don't i want to go ?
    I am going to a cat melting at the shelter tomorrow at 6.
    When I have plans I sometimes want to cancel, when I don't have plans I want them!

  5. Mmmm home made bread, I can smell it from here Teresa. Looks fabulous. Your plants are really coming along. Enjoy your restful weekend xx

  6. The bread looks wonderful, sooo delicious! Loved seeing all your colourful flowers, they are blooming so well for you :) Have a happy, relaxing weekend, Teresa!
    Helen xox

  7. No relaxing here at all I fear, the boys have plans involving skating, scooting, pizza and a day at the beach. I shall be tired by Sunday. Gorgeous flowers, and the bread looks utterly delicious. Just so you know, there is no such thing as too much butter. Scrumptious. CJ xx

  8. Your bread looks and sounds delicious!!! It is so good to have a go at these things isn't it. Gorgeous flowers as well, you have so many pretty things growing so well in your garden. That must make you very happy! Hope you have a good weekend. xx

  9. The bread looks fabulous. I baked a Mediterranean style loaf this evening. Your flowers are looking very pretty. This weekend my son, d.I.l. and grandsons visiting and we are also celebrating my youngest sister's Ruby Wedding. Hugs Anne x

  10. oh the bread sounds so delicious! I've only made banana bread lately. I used to bake bread too and just have not done it in awhile. I was by Miranda's bakery here in town today to get lunch at Subway. They had their doors open and it smelled so delicious but I didn't go in as I was headed for an appt. We are hopefully going whale watching this weekend. One in April was cancelled due to rough ocean but I think it will be happening with the weather nice over there at Depoe Bay. Right now I could use a cool swim since I was out cutting back some blackberry vines again! It is about 80 degrees here! Looks somewhat better!!! Love your flowers! Mine I doing good! Take care!

  11. Wow, Dayle you sure can make a girl drool with that bread.
    Fantastic double bloom on your Dahlias, Teresa!
    Have a wonderful weekend you two.
    I plan on working in the garden and going to the St John's Farmers Market.

  12. We are relaxing just a bit. Thank goodness! A weekend without plans is my favorite!

  13. That bread looks oh, so yummy. I'm definitely going to try the recipe when I get home. Dayle is definitely a man of many talents isn't he? And bread is a sure fire way to mine. I love bread and the smell of making bread is like perfume to me. :-). I think all of your flowers are pretty but my favorite today is the pink lavendar dahlia. It's gorgeous. I hope you had fun at the pool. My iPhone died today so Mandy, Piper and I spent hours at Verizon getting an iPhone 6. I'm moving up in the world. :)-

  14. Oh Teresa, I have missed you! Your farm, your lovely blooms, the boys, the goings on, crochet, art, etc! The car is fabulous! Your trip sounds wonderful! Tell Dayle the bread look divine!!!!!
    I need a new computer!!!!! Til I get one, blogging will be sparse!
    Big hug!

  15. Oh my that bread looks super - Dayle really has a lot of talents!

    Have a lovely weekend - my friend and our daughters are hopefully joining me to a local event later today.


  16. I think I can smell that yummy bread al the way over here in Florida. You look beautiful in the group photo.

  17. Those flowers of yours are fantastic and happy! I plant dahlias also. There are so many colors/forms now! Coleous fever has hit me the last couple of years. Our plants have also benefitted from the rain. The gardens are so lush right now! I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend. Not sure what we are doing. Beautiful out today. Suppose to storm tomorrow, but what do the weather guessers (as a friend calls them) know!!!

  18. Yum!!! Gorgeous flowers!!! Just got back from the best camping experience I have ever had...I wanted to stay longer!!! Missed you!!! My great niece is visiting from Nebraska, we are celebrating some June birthdays, I'm headed to Freddie's for groceries, and hope to download photos and post some this weekend :) xxxxxxx

  19. The bread looks beautiful. And by the way, there is no such thing as too much butter.

  20. Dayle's bread sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing his recipe. Your flowers are looking better and better. Those pansies are especially pretty. I hope you're having a great weekend.

  21. Hello!
    I saw your comment while I was visiting Michelle and wanted to wish you a safe trip-we have a daughter who lives in California, another one in Oklahoma and we live in Texas-so I was envisioning your journey.
    Oh, and this recipe looks so very yummy and your flowers are lovely!

  22. Oh my word, that bread! It looks divine. And no, that's not too much butter as a treat on fresh baked lushousness :)

  23. Your flowers are all so lovely looking. Fresh bread is yummy. I wish I had more time to make our bread every day.


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