Menu Planning Monday: Organizing recipes & Whole Wheat Bread recipe


So, I’m been doing a lot of menu planning prep work lately. I have a spread sheet I’m working on that lists prices for the food I buy, and then on another tab I’m using that information to calculate the cost of the recipes I use on a regular basis. This takes a LOT of time. I’ve spent MONTHS slowly working on it.


Anyway, my goal is for this week to have enough recipes organized to plan meals for the month of August and know about how much I’m going to be spending for most meals! I’ll probably be posting my menu plan for the month on Thursday (or Friday)!!


Until then, we’ll likely be eating our leftovers and coming up with creative meals using what ingredients we have.


Bean & Cheese Burritos

Bean & Cheese Freezer Burritos

Check out the giveaway going on right now!!! I’m giving away the very useful book: Your Grocery Budget Toolbox by Anne Simpson.

Whole Wheat Bread

Makes 6 loaves


First of all, I’m probably going to write a post in the future talking about where I get my wheat from and more about the NutriMill (which I use to grind my own whole wheat flour). I love it, but it was expensive.


Ingredients (cut in half if using a Kitchen Aid Mixer or kneading by hand):

– 7 cups hot water

– 1 cup oil

– 1 cup honey

– 2 Tbl. salt

– 4 cups oatmeal

– 6 cups whole wheat flour, freshly milled (has more nutrients)

– 1/3 cup vital wheat gluten (this makes the bread lighter, more elastic and less dense)**

– 2 Tbl. dough enhancer (this improves the texture of bread – makes it less crumbly)**

– 4 Tbl. fast acting yeast**

– 7-9 cups of additional Whole wheat flour

**The dough enhancer, wheat gluten and Saf yeast that I use can be purchased here, or I’ve heard that some health food stores will carry those ingredients.

whole wheat bread ingredients

I use a Bosch mixer (wedding gift from my husband) to knead the bread. This helps because the bread dough tends to be stickier and if you knead by hand you have the tendency to add too much flour. You don’t want to add more flour than the recipe calls for. If you try it by hand (I will someday and let you know how it goes), then spread oil on the counter and grease your hands with it so that you don’t add more flour.

If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer and dough hooks, you could use that. Most Kitchen Aid mixers would probably just knead 3 loaves at a time instead of the six.

**If you want to read more about the grain mill, bosch and other ingredients I list, check out Paula’s Bread.


 Step 1

Add the ingredients into the mixer in the order I have listed them. First add water, oil, & honey:

first ingredients


Then the rest with the yeast on top. Do not add the additional flour (last ingredient) yet.

rest of ingredients

Step 2

Pulse the mixer to mix ingredients. Turn on to the lowest setting while you gradually add the additional flour. Only add until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl, no more.

kneading dough image


Then knead on speed 2 for 3 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky and that’s okay.

Step 3

Turn off machine. Grease your hands and the counter. Take out all of dough and slam the entire amount on your counter 7 times. Shape the dough into a round ball.

bread dough image


Using scissors, cut the dough into 6 equal pie pieces and let rise for 15 minutes.

6 loaves of dough 2012-07-26-10.03.20-500x371

Step 4

For each loaf, slam it again on your counter 7 more times (to get out air bubbles) and shape into loaf size, then place into greased pan.

into bread pans


Let rise until doubled (or 1-2″ above bread pan).

risen bread

Step 5

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Place on rack and spread a little butter on the tops of the bread.

adding butter


And ta-da!! Your house smells wonderful and you have fresh loaves to cut!! I cut all the loaves into slices and them stick some in the freezer.

fresh bread image


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  • Ninetta

    Wow! I have never made my bread myself although I have heard a lot about its benefits. I thought it was more complicated but this recipe seems to be really simple, I think I’m going to give it a try, who knows…
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    • Betsy Pool

      Good – I hope it works well for you! I’d love to know how it turns out.

  • Rona

    Just stopping by from Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday!
    It looks like it’s going to be in the low 100’s but humid in Las Vegas today.
    I betcha your house smells so good from baking bread. Yummy.
    Your menu plan looks delicious!
    I hope you have a terrific week
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    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks!! I’m so glad you stopped by and commented. It always is fun to have a house smell like fresh bread. :) It was pretty hot for us too, but I still turned on the oven.

  • Emmie

    We have been making our own bread for some time. I have searched high and low till I found just the right recipe. I know the glutens help the bread’s elasticity, but thanks haven’t seen it for sale anywhere [not that I have looked either haha]. Another cool thing is you mill your own flour? As a whole I am trying to get closer and closer to doing things from scratch even mill the flour, but I am not even sure I can grow wheat here! So interested in your milling process, and what your mixtures are! We buy an organic unbleached flour online, but to mill our own would be a dream!!! Take good care!
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    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! I get the wheat that I mill by the bucket. I’m part of a co-op. We order a lot of wheat and it gets delivered on a truck for a pretty decent price.

  • Mindy

    I LOVE homemade bread, but never have made my own before. I’ve been trying to stick with whole wheat if I can. So, this would be a great recipe to try:) I’m pinning this for later!

    • Betsy Pool

      Thanks Mindy! I hope it turns out well for you when you try it! It’s really good.

  • Megan

    That bread looks delicious. I love to menu plan too. :) Megan
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  • Vicki

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have tried bread a few times, but it always ends up quite heavy, not light and fluffy like the bread you buy at the bakery. Going to give this a try over the weekend and see how I go :)
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    • Betsy Pool

      So, how did the bread making going? I would love to hear about it!

  • Jessi @ Practically Functional

    Yumm, looks fabulous! We love making our own bread. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
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  • Sarah Ballenger

    I recently bought the Bosch mixer. I tried this recipe as written and the dough is climbing up the dough hook and out of the bowl. Am I doing something wrong?


    PS: I made this recipe before halved as I only had 4 loaf pans. Loved the bread. Just not sure what happened this time around!

    • Betsy Pool

      That sounds like it is the right consistency! It was pulling away from the sides of the bowl too, right? How did it turn out?


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