Sweeteners like sugar and honey are food storage necessities for several reasons. As carbohydrates they provide fuel for the body. Simple carbohydrates like sweeteners provide quick, but short lived bouts of energy. They also enhance flavor, texture and color in any baked good. Sugar assists yeast in adding volume to breads, counter balances acid in tomatoes and is even used as a food preservative.
Honey is a great food storage basic. Unlike many food storage items, honey does not need to be dried in any way. There is no need for an oxygen absorber in a #10 can or a bucket of honey because it stores well due to its nature. With only a few ingredients, including honey, you can have a delicious whole wheat bread. Here is one of our favorite wheat bread recipes using honey as the sweetener.
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
6 C warm water
3 T Yeast
2 C Whole Wheat Flour
Mix, let rise 15 minutes
2/3 C Honey
2/3 C Vegetable Oil
3 T Dough Enhancer
1 1.2 T Salt
12-14 C Flour Whole Wheat (add more if dough is too sticky)
Knead until dough can be stretched and not break easy.
Let rise in a bowl for 20 minutes. Divide into 6 sections and mold into loaves. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Enjoy!