Today is my anniversary with my sweet and handsome husband. I just love him and am so grateful to have him as part of my life! We have been on lots of adventures together and can’t wait to see what new ones await us!
The story of how we got together is pretty funny, at least to us anyway. We met my first semester at college. His brother lived in the apartment next to me and so he would always come up to visit. About a week after meeting me, he asked me out on a date. I can’t remember the excuse, but I turned him down. We stayed good friends though and hung out almost everyday. He asked me out again a couple months later, but I was dating a new guy so I turned him down a second time. I thought by now he would get the hint that I wanted to be just friends, but he didn’t. Things weren’t working out with this other guy and he could see that. My hubby and I (at the time he was just my friend) went to an activity our university was putting on. A bunch of freshman girls were being interviewed as part of the program. I could see him cringe as he looked over to me and said, “I could never date an 18-year-old girl. They are so immature!” I kindly leaned back over to him and said, “You do know, I am an 18-year-old girl and you have asked me out twice now?”
We got a good laugh out of that! He is 5 and half years older than me and I always give him a hard time about it :) Soon after things ended with the other guy, my hubby asked me out yet again for a third time. I felt bad for already turning him down so many times, that I finally agreed to go out with him. He was an awesome guy and one of my best friends, so what did I have to lose?! Well after one date I was smitten. A year after our first date we were married and the rest is history! I am so happy to be married to my best friend. Not a day goes by that is not filled with laughter and I love it!
Now onto today’s recipe. I love homemade bread. The delicious smell was a staple in my home growing up because my mom was always making it, and still is! My mom must have taught me well, because now I love to make it for my own family. Nothing beats homemade bread…nothing! This particular bread is so DELICIOUS! It is a family recipe that comes from my Grandma’s cookbook she gave me. I love the flavor and the texture of it! It really is so great!
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
6 cups very warm water
2 Tbsp. dough conditioner
4 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 cup gluten
10-12 cups whole wheat flour
Dissolve yeast and dough conditioner in water.
Add oil, salt, honey, and half of the flour.
Add gluten and the rest of the flour until mixture cleans the sides of the bowl.
Knead 10 minutes.
Shape into loaves and place in greased bread plans. Let rise for 30 minutes. (until it reaches 1-2 inches above the top of bread pan)
Turn oven to 350 degrees F and bake 30 minutes.
Immediately take out bread and place on a cooling rack. Rub the tops with butter.
Let cool completely before cutting into the bread.
This makes about 5-6 loaves. You can cut down and adapt the recipe to fit your stand mixers needs.
NOTE* Dough conditioner is just like dough enhancer. It creates an enhanced environment for the growth of yeast helping to make your breads more uniform and also lighter. It also strengthens the gluten structure in the dough to create a better crumb to your loaves. It can also help your bread stay fresher longer. I always get it at Kitchen Kneads, but I think you can get it at walmart, too.