Honey Whole Wheat Breakfast Loaves

So continues our adventures in bread baking. This recipe is quick and easy, so if you’ve got some extra time, maybe on a weekend morning, you could make it for breakfast and have it with your favorite jam or marmalade. We highly recommend toasting your slices, as the light crust gets nice and crisp and the flavor of the wheat and honey is brought out a little bit more when you do. We also made a cinnamon and honey butter to go with this bread, which is even easier to whip up and will go very well with other things you might have for breakfast.

Our loaves are photobombed by Trevor the cat and his little nose. We think he likes the smell of bread.

For the bread:
250g / 2 cups whole wheat flour
170g / 1 1/3 cups bread flour
314g / 1 1/3 cups of water, lukewarm
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
2-3 tbsp toasted muesli, for topping

For the cinnamon and honey butter:
250 g / 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Make your bread. Grease and line two 8×4 loaf pans.

Combine flours, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. In a separate small container, stir water with the oil and honey. Stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or until the dough no longer feels sticky. Sprinkle with a little more flour if necessary.

Divide your dough into two parts. Place in prepared pans. Cover the top lightly with cling film and leave to rise for an hour or until the dough has risen to fill the pans. Go make your cinnamon and honey butter while waiting.

Brush tops very lightly with more oil and honey. Sprinkle with toasted muesli.

Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until loaves are golden brown. Set on the cooling rack. Leave to cool for a few minutes.

Make your cinnamon and honey butter. Place butter, honey, cinnamon and salt in one bowl. Beat by hand or with an electric mixer for 5-7 minutes or until well combined. Place in a container and chill for at least 2 hours.

Have some bread. Make some toast! Have your slices with some eggs and a good, strong cup of coffee.

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