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11.07.2012

Honey Whole Wheat Bread That Kicks LongHorn's Butt



There are not many chain restaurants that I go to often. Chains like Olive Garden, TGIFs,  Applebees.... they are on my list of least favorite restaurants.



One that I do love is the LongHorn. My husband and I have been long time fans of this steak house. One of my favorite things to eat is the complementary wheat bread with butter. It gets served to you on a little cutting board with some soft butter. It's bread perfection.  I'm so impatient I don't even bother with the knife, I dig right in tearing pieces off and slathering it with butter. By the time we order and our meal comes I've filled up on carbs I get most of my dinner to go.



The other night with dinner I did the same style bread and we enjoyed it warm with tons of butter.

This recipe is easy to make, it's a no kneed bread so less clean up and work for you!



Honey Whole Wheat Bread

 Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 1/2-3 cups whole wheat flour 
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tbs salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Directions:

On your stove top add butter, honey, salt, milk and water together. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to just above room temperature (about 80 degrees).

In the bowl of your electric mixer with the dough hook attachment, add in yeast and bread flour. Pour in your wet ingredients beating on medium speed.

Add in your whole wheat flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough comes together and is only slightly sticky. Turn mixer on high and beat until smooth and elastic. About 3 minutes.

Turn dough out into a buttered bowl. Cover in a warm place  and allow to rise until doubled. For me it is about one hour.

After dough has risen, dived in two. Shape into balls. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Cover and allow to rise a second time until doubled. Usually about 30-45 minutes. I like to slice an X on top with a sharp knife right before baking. This is optional.

Bake at 400 degrees on the center rack for about 15 minutes. Or until golden and sounds hollow when you flick the tops.

Allow to cool for about 30 minutes before slicing. Enjoy warm with butter!



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24 comments:

  1. I've never heard of that chain! But I love any restaurants that gives you bread, especially if it's never ending bread. Your version looks fantastic! Love that it's whole wheat. :)

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    1. Thanks Erin. I love any restaurant that serves you warm bread too.

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  2. This bread looks sooooo yummy! We have a Long Horn nearby but have never tried it!

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    1. Mmmm you should go! I really hate chains but this one gets my vote!

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  3. Lol--that kick's Long Horn's butt!! Awesome! I love homemade bread but never make it often (don't know why!) but based on this loaf, I need to start!

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  4. Ooh, I love the sound of this bread, especially the fact that it's no knead! Sounds delicious and easy too! I imagine that I'd devour the entire loaf.

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  5. Last week I made Outback Steakhouse bread! I love that you did Longhorn's! Ive never had their bread but now I want to - or actually, just to make yours. The recipe you make is similar to what I did but you used milk (I only used water) and I've played around with it using both honey and just sugar - but your loaf is fluffier. I use 100% whole wheat so it's more dense & add molasses...I need to try yours b/c it's perfect!

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    1. I need to go check your Outback bread out! We don't have any Outbacks near us... that I know of. I've never eaten there. I'm in love with the LongHorns!

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  6. Complimentary restaurant bread is the best! I seriously get more full off of that than the real meal! I can't wait to try your recreation! :)

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  7. I love honey wheat bread...and I think Ive only been to longhorns once! Ill have to give them another try! I can't wait to make this..Im a bread FANATIC!

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  8. What a beautiful loaf, I'm loving this. I think if I could eat bread and butter at every meal I'd be a happy girl. Fat, but happy :)

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  9. Do you think you could make this in the bread machine?

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    1. Confession. I have never made bread in a bread machine. So I am unsure if this would work or not.

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  10. i made this last night and it was AMAZING! thank you for sharing :)

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  11. It is 8:40 in the morning, and after reading this I cannot wait for Longhorn to open! No other lunch will do. Gotta have that bread!

    I have never successfully baked anything other than boxed brownies, but you really have gotten my attention here. I hope I nail it! Where do you buy yeast?

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    1. Any grocery store should have yeast in the baking isle.

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  12. Second time trying this recipe and it is divine! My family loves it including my 2 year old who doesn't like bread that much.

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  13. It was a success;)! Only I didn't have whole milk and used evaporated milk instead and it worked out great. One loaf gone and half of another already missing. Definitely a keeper!!! Thank you;)!

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  14. It was a success;)! Only I didn't have whole milk and used evaporated milk instead and it worked out great. One loaf gone and half of another already missing. Definitely a keeper!!! Thank you;)!

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  15. Any grocery store should have yeast in the baking section. If you don't want to buy a whole jar they sell packets too. This recipe would need 1 packet of yeast. (The packets or envelopes usually come in threes)

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  16. Made this today though I kneaded by hand (I don't like kneading with my mixer harder to tell when the dough is ready) didn't turn out quite as sweet as I would have liked so think I'm gonna try more honey next time. Also definitely going to make small batards instead of 2 big loaves next go round but absolutely am awesome recipe!

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  17. I'm absolutely crazy about Longhorn's bread, so when I saw your recipe, I almost cried! Thank you! Can't wait to make it!

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