Yesterday was grass cutting day… meaning 2 1/2 hours on the lawn tractor. My head is never happy with that but being spring, the grass grows like crazy. I put dinner in the crock pot so I wouldn’t have to worry after doing the grass what would be for dinner and I started this bread to have with it!
It looks kind of flat in the picture because I forgot that I usually do this bread in 2 loaves and it spread big time on the pan during the second rising!
Here are my ingredients used to make the bread.
I put the yeast, water and sugar in the bowl of my stand mixer and let it sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast was bubbly.
Next I added the honey, molasses and softened butter/margarine and mixed to combine.
I added both flours, salt, cocoa and instant coffee and mixed until it formed a still sticky dough. OPTIONAL: I also added a few drops of brown food colouring to make the bread darker.
I put the dough in a greased bowl, covered it and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
After the dough finished it’s first rising I punched it down and shaped it into a loaf.
I let it rise again until doubled, about another hour and then baked it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or so, until it was nicely browned and cooked through.
I sliced it up and served it with dinner… this is one of everyone’s favourite breads!
Honey Brown Bread
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp. yeast
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp. molasses
- 2 tbsp. butter/margarine, softened
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 heaping tbsp. cocoa
- 2 tsp. instant coffee
- 1 tsp. salt
- brown food colouring, optional
- In bowl of stand mixer whisk together water, sugar and yeast. Let stand about 5 minutes until it is starting to bubble.
- Add honey, molasses and softened butter/margarine and mix to combine.
- Add both flours, cocoa, instant coffee, salt and food colouring if using.
- Mix until it forms a sticky dough.
- Knead for about 8 minutes.
- Place in greased bowl, cover and let stand for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.
- Punch dough down and then shape into a loaf (or two).
- Cover and let stand another hour, until doubled in size.
- Bake at 350 degrees, until browned and cooked through.
- Remove from oven, allow to slightly cool and then cut into nice thick slices