2 T warm water
1 ½ t yeast
½ t sugar
1 1/2 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ c Spectrum Organic shortening
1/4 cup honey
1 c warm water
1 t salt
In a small cup or bowl, combine warm water with yeast and sugar. Let that sit for about 10-15 minutes. Then, in a large bowl pour yeast mixture, water, flours, shortening, honey and salt. Using an electric mixer or food processor, blend until all ingredients are incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
You can keep mixing for 7 minutes, or just for 3 or 4 and then knead the dough by hand for a few more minutes. The dough should no longer be sticky, but smooth and elastic. If you push your fingers in, the hole should refill itself quickly.
Remove the dough and place in a clean bowl that has been greased lightly with oil. Turn dough over in bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp clean cloth and place in a warm spot to allow dough to double in size. This time of year, it takes about an hour to an hour and 20 minutes for that to happen.
After dough rises, punch down to eliminate bubbles. Spray or grease and flour 9x4 or 5 inch loaf pan. Shape dough into a loaf and place in pan. In warm spot let rise again, uncovered until it doubles in size. This usually takes about another hour for us.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaf for 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped lightly on top. Makes 1 loaf.