June 3, 2015

Best-Ever Homemade Buttermilk Wheat Bread

If you follow me on Facebook, you've heard me talking about my weekly bread-baking sessions. I also talk about it and have another recipe that's a bit different here. Rather than buying bread at the store, I've been making a few loaves in the bread machine each week. This homemade buttermilk bread is by far the best one I've made and it tastes so good. A and M2 love it. It's great with a dab of butter and is perfect for sandwiches (which is what we mainly use it for).


You can cut the slices the thickness of store bread without having it fall apart or crumble. Even as toast it is great (just toast a touch longer than you would with store bread). The bread is healthier and cheaper than what you'd buy in the store. If you're worried that it's hard to make, don't. The baking part is insanely easy and makes your house smell fab while it bakes. We always sneak a piece just after it's done because warm bread with a thin layer of butter just can't be beat. 

Freezing is a cinch as well. Cut the loaf into slices (I get about 14-16 per loaf), wrap it all together tightly still in loaf shape with PressnSeal,stick it in a freezer zip bag, get all the air out that you possibly can, mark the bag with the date, and freeze. Be careful not to put anything heavy on it in the freezer or it may break.

For those that don't like wheat bread, regular white flour works as well. I've tried this with ivory wheat, pastry wheat, and regular wheat. Pastry works, but the texture isn't as good and it does crumble a bit.

If you don't have a bread machine, you can make it the traditional way with kneading (by hand or KitchenAid standmixer with the bread hook) and
baking in the oven.

Honey wheat bread is another of my favorites to make.

Best-Ever Homemade Buttermilk Wheat Bread 

Yield 1 2lb. loaf

Ingredients
4 Tbsp melted butter
1 1/3 cup buttermilk (lowfat is fine)
4 Tbsp sugar
4 cups wheat flour (or flour of you choice)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup honey (optional; if you do use it, decrease sugar to 2 Tbsp)

Directions
Pour melted butter and buttermilk into the bread pan (add honey here if you want it)
Dump flour over the liquids
Make a well and put in the yeast
Pour sugar in each corner of the pan
Pour baking soda in one corner and salt in a different one
Set bread machine to basic with a light crust (do not use wheat, quick, or express settings with this recipe, wheat burns it and express either burns or doesn't cook it enough, depending on the setting.)
Bake and enjoy!
Bread lasts about 5 to 6 days wrapped tightly out on the counter. If you're going to freeze it, do that within two days. If you freeze on baking day, be sure the loaf is completely cool first.


If you don't have a breadmaker, I totally recommend getting one. They use less energy than an oven, make bread baking a ton easier, and don't even cost too much. Mine is an old Sunbeam and still works great.



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13 comments:

  1. Homemade bread is the BEST! This sounds amazing.

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  2. I've been wanting to get a bread maker for awhile now. I just might have to do that now! ;)

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  3. We used to make our own bread all the time, but for whatever reason we don't now. Need to dust off the bread machine and give it another try!

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  4. This looks absolutely delicious! I grew up on homemade bread. Yum!

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  5. Yum! This looks great. I really would like to make my own bread more often. Maybe I'll have to get one of those bread makers!

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  6. I've never made bread, but this post makes me want to try

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  7. Oh my goodness ... I totally want to have a weekly bread making session. I even have a bread machine - it is just a matter of using it. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  8. Good idea to freeze the bread since we don't eat but a couple of slices. I'll have to try your recipe!

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  9. I have a bread machine that my sister in law gave to me and I have never used it. I don't know how to use it but I wish I did.

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  10. Our Family World6/04/2015 3:08 AM

    Its been a long time since.my last taste this butttermilk wheat bread was last year and totalyy love it. I wish we have a bread machine

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  11. Anything homemade is always going to be healthy & I love this Buttermilk Wheat Bread as well. The recipe looks delicious & so easy to prepare too.

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  12. Elizabeth O.6/04/2015 6:16 AM

    I love homemade breads. You make sound so easy, I want to try it.

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  13. oh my goodness that looks amazing! I am going to have to try this out very soon. we love bread in my house, then again who doesn't love bread?

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