Toast Oven Breads :: Sweet and Savory Yeast Breads
1 pkg. dry yeast
1/4 C. lukewarm water
1 1/4 C. hot water
1/4 C. honey
2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
1 1/2 tea. salt
2 1/2 C. whole wheat flour, divided
2 C. sifted flour, divided
Sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water to soften.
In a lrg. bowl, combine hot water with honey, vegetable shortening and salt. Stir mixture until honey and vegetable shortening are melted. Let cool to lukewarm. Add yeast; sift in 1 1/2 C. of the whole wheat flour and 1 C. of the sifted white flour, and beat mixture until well combined. Add 1 C. each of white flour and whole wheat flour or enough to make a moderately stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a well-floured board and knead for about 10 min. or until very smooth and elastic.
Transfer dough to a well-prepared bowl, turn once, and let stand, covered, in a warm place away from drafts for about 1 1/2 hr., or until doubled in bulk.
Punch dough down, turn out onto a floured board, and form into a ball. Let dough stand covered for 10 min.
Shape dough into a loaf and put into a well-prepared bread pan. Let dough stand, covered, until doubled in bulk (about 45 min.). Bake loaf at 375 degrees F for 40 to 45 min., or until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
Turn loaf out onto a wire rack and let it cool.
Makes approximately 1 loaf.