Recently I decided to venture into home made bread. My husband gave me the final push I needed while he was home recently. I searched for recipes and ideas that would work for me and ended up taking a recipe and tweaking it to fit what I preferred.
6 ¼ cups of flour (I use whole wheat or unbleached flour. At some point I will try this with fresh milled flour but I do not currently have a grain mill)
¼ cup of honey (I use local raw honey)
2 packages instant yeast
2 tsp salt
1 ½ cups hot water
½ cup milk
2 tbs butter
Combine 2 ½ cups of flour, yeast and salt. Heat water, milk and butter to 120 degrees (just befor boiling). Gradually add hot liquid to dry mixture. Add Honey. Slowly continue to add flour to make a soft dough (At this point you may or may not use all the flour you set aside or you may use more. Keep adding flour until the dough is soft and malleable but not sticky). Knead dough for 6 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 20 minutes.
Split dough into two even balls. Roll one ball out to a 12 inch x 7 inch rectangle. Roll tightly into a log, pinch ends to seal. Place in prepared loaf pan (a thin layer of butter and a powdering of flour) seam side down. Cover and let rise for 25 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
This is what happens if you fail to bake your bread seam side down. This loaf was just as delicious but a bit difficult to slice.