Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread

I really loved how this bread turned out! It’s one of my healthiest bread recipes, too. The only thing I could have done to make it healthier was to grind my own wheat berries. Even still, this lovely loaf of home-baked bread is made with buttermilk (or soured milk), honey, walnuts, walnut oil, whole wheat flour and oats. Because of the heaviness of the oats, walnuts and whole wheat flour I added four teaspoons of vital wheat gluten to help the bread raise a little better. This turned out one dynamite loaf of bread. I couldn’t stop eating it! Seriously.

I made up a stew last week and I love having homemade bread with stew or soup recipes. I have been thinking about making this one for quite some time. I love buttermilk-based breads rather than using dry milk powder or dry buttermilk powder. I also wanted to use a better oil than simply canola, or worse, shortening. Since I finely diced the nuts, the walnuts permeated the whole loaf! It was a wonderfully, nutty, crunchy bread. I served mine with whipped honey and it was delicious that way. And, the best part about making Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread is that you can make it in the breadmaker! Yay.

If you want a seriously fantastic homemade bread for any stew or soup recipe, or just because you love to indulge your family with home-baked bread, then consider this amazing recipe. I found Walnut Oil at H-E-B which carries the Spectrum brand which processes this oil. I’m sure you can find it elsewhere, too. Get ready for an explosion of wonderful, whole grain flavor when you bite into this lovely loaf of bread. Swirl a dab of honey on each slice and you will be in seventh heaven!

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Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread is a fabulous whole grain bread you can make in your breadmaker!

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It’s really wonderful with whipped honey spread on top!

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Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread has a nutty, crunchy taste from finely diced walnuts and the oatmeal in the recipe.

 

Here’s what I did.

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These are the ingredients I used to make this recipe. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, simply measure milk into a glass measuring cup and add 2-3 tablespoonfuls of vinegar. Allow the milk to sit out on the counter for about 5 minutes until it curdles and thickens. Then use as buttermilk in the recipe.

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Pour buttermilk into the bread canister. Add walnut oil, honey, salt, whole wheat flour and bread flour (NOT all-purpose flour).

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Add oatmeal.

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Add finely diced walnuts, yeast, and vital wheat gluten. Bake on a regular whole-wheat setting. Mine takes about 3 1/2 hours.

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Allow bread to rest about 15 minutes before removing from breadmaker. Brush top and sides of loaf with butter to prevent the crust from hardening. Allow bread to rest 15 minutes longer before cutting down into slices. This loaf made about 14 slices.

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Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread is so convenient to make because you can make it in the breadmaker!

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This close up shows the texture of the bread. You can see the pieces of walnuts scattered throughout the air-pockets in the bread.

 

Here’s the recipe.

BUTTERMILK HONEY WALNUT BREAD

(My own concoction)

Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread
 
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Wonderful whole grain goodness in this two-pound breadmaker loaf. This bread is crunchy from finely diced walnuts and is great served with whipped honey on top.
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Recipe type: Breads, Rolls and Muffins
Cuisine: American
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk or soured milk
  • 3 tbsp. walnut oil
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup diced walnuts
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 4 tsp. vital wheat gluten
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in bread canister in order listed.
  2. Bake on whole wheat setting.
  3. Allow bread to rest 15 minutes before removing from breadmaker.
  4. Invert bread and brush top and sides with butter to prevent crust from hardening.
  5. Allow bread to rest 15 more minutes before slicing down.
  6. About 12-14 slices.
Notes
To sour milk for buttermilk, measure milk into a glass measuring cup. Add 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Allow to sit out for about 5 minutes before using in recipe.

It is not advisable to use all-purpose flour in bread recipes. It doesn't contain enough gluten which hinders the raising process, and it tends to cause the bread to be dry and crumbly.

 

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Ah, yes, I’ll have a slice with whipped honey slathered on top!

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I loved this healthy, whole-grain bread. I could eat several slices a day easily!

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Buttermilk Honey Walnut Bread is also a great bread to serve for breakfast!

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