Bread Recipe with Whey

One of the byproducts of my yogurt making project is whey.  Since the yogurt making went so well, I have lots of whey leftover.  I hate to throw anything away, so if I can find a use for it, I will.  The use I found for they whey is to make bread with it.  I hadn’t planned on making all my own bread quite yet, but now I guess I have no other choice.  I can’t just let all that good whey go down the drain!

I have done a lot of looking around for a really good bread recipe, this is the very best one I found:

  • 1 egg plus enough whey to equal 1 1/3 cupsDSC_0257
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Warm up about 1/3 cup of the whey and mix in the yeast and a little of the sugar.  Wait for this to get foamy.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then add the yeast mixture along with the butter, egg and the rest of the whey.  Mix until a dough forms.  Knead the bread for about ten minutes, then cover and let rise for about 20 minutes.  Punch down and let rise until it doubles in size.  From here, I split the dough in half.  The first half I made in to a loaf and the second half I made six hot dog rolls out of, although eight rolls would have been better.  Whatever you choose to make, let it rise until it doubles again.  Then cook at 350.  The rolls took about 20 minutes and the loaf took about 45 minutes, though my oven usually takes longer to cook than the recipe says.  Voila!!  The best bread ever.

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Whey is delicious and nutritious (if you use dairy) to drink just as it is. I loved it as a kid when we had it left from the cottage cheese we made it. Warm with a dash of salt. Mmmmmm!

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