Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Recipe: Duggars' Homemade Bread

On Tuesday's episode of 19 Kids and Counting, "The Big Question," Jinger showed Joy-Anna how to make homemade bread, a Duggar family tradition. The Duggars make bread for their family approximately once a week. Here's the recipe they use:





Whole Wheat Bread
Yields: 4 large loaves

Ingredients
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 17 cups whole wheat flour (If grinding your own wheat, you will need to grind approximately 11 cups of wheat kernels to yield 17 cups of flour.)
  • 2 tablespoons (rounded) dry yeast
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and knead in mixer for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Oil 4 large bread pans.
  3. Place equal amounts of dough in each pan.
  4. Let rise in cold oven 20-25 minutes.
  5. Turn oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake approx. 20 minutes, or until golden.

70 comments:

  1. Wow! Is there a way to get this recipe at a smaller level. You know so I don't have to go out and buy 17 cups of whole wheat flour!

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    1. Hi Ashley,

      Feel free to cut the recipe in half. :)

      Happy baking!
      ~Lily and Ellie

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    2. I just made it, just halved the recipe. Can't wait to try it

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  2. Well this is so exciting. I just got through watching the episode on Amazon from this past Tuesday and really was hoping to ask yall about the bread recipe, and here it is! Thank you so much! I make bread but was so interested in their recipe since it was a bit different and had never thought to make more mini loaves than the three big loaves I usually make. Thank you Lily and Ellie for all you do with this blog for us Duggar fans.

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  3. I really enjoyed seeing some of the other kids on the show.I wonder if the other 17 feel a little left out, I would like to get to know them better as they have grown up and probably have new interests.Its nice to see Michelle spending time with the middle and older kids.I wish she was content with what she has and enjoy them now.She can dote on the grandkids to fill that no baby in the house void, and relish in this new season of life, baby free.Realisticly women are usually not trying to get pregnant at 47.I do understand babywithdwawls, i will pray she finds her peace with whatever God chooses for her.

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  4. Why would they be wearing those bulky scarves while baking? Also, it's good hygiene to get your hair out of the way when handling food...they seem to never do that.

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  5. This recipe sounds really good, and easy to do but I have a few questions. Do you disolve the yeast in the water first? Is the oil for the bread or to oil the pans? Do you not punch down the dough after it rises? Is there a way to get this recipe scaled down for smaller families?

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  6. You girls are amazing to be able to do this. I can't wait to try it and teach my daughter how to make it!

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  7. Would have been nice to see a picture of the finished product!!

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  8. That's a lot of flour for 4 loaves of bread!

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  9. do you let the oven preheat and then stick them back in to cook for 20 minutes?

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Nope, just leave the loaves in the oven, turn the oven to 350, and let the bread bake until golden (about 20 minutes).

      Enjoy!
      ~Lily and Ellie

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  10. Thanks for sharing! I didn't get to see the episode, so I'm wondering... do they use commercial bread pans or regular 9x5 size pans? Thanks for any feedback.. :) I'm looking forward to making whole wheat bread soon.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can't wait to try it, and pack healthier sandwiches for my hubby's lunches. :)

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  12. Most of us still do not know what it is that JimBob and Michelle do all day. Does she have any real jurisdictions herself? Maybe she should take up some of the ones Jill and Jessa are doing and maybe lighten the load off of Jana. It's called being a mother.

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    1. Wow really you have no idea what she does all day you know she has little kids so I say she does a lot more than most behind the camera

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    2. Michelle and Jim Bob have wonderful children so obviously she does a lot. They didn't just raise themselves. We only get a very small glimpse into their lives.

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  13. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Very much appreciated.

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  14. I am making this now with modifications. I added oats and flax seed. Hope it turns out well!

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  15. It was so neat to watch the girls make the family's bread the other night. I make my own, too, and knowing they aim to do things as financially-responsible as possible they totally inspired me to look for a local source for wheat berries.

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  16. To me Joyanna seemed very resigned during this part. I bet she misses her tomboy days when she was free and playing with her brothers. Now she's in the harness - she really doesn't seem like the happy girl she used to be, and it not just because she's gotten older, her world has shrunk tenfold as she inherits the household responsibilities of the 'older' girls. Another thing, do the daughters ever exercise or engage in any sports? Once they get a certain age that seems to stop - and they have the body types that would probably benefit from good exercise (I'm not being mean, I have the same body type!) as well as helping them feel more fit.

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    1. Really ?? They all look pretty small to

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    2. Wow not one of them look over weight and Joy is a teen now most tom boys grow out of that stage when they become teens and a lot of talkative kids stop being so talkative when they become teens

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  17. The kids just helped me make the recipe. It is my new favorite.

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  18. After seeing the show I went looking for the recipe! Thank you for posting!

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  19. Thanks so much! I love homemade bread, but unfortunately I had to give it up in 2010 because of a possible gluten allergy. Too bad. :-( We used to grind our own grain and everything and actually the Duggars' recipe is strikingly similar to the one we made! (And to Anonymous 6, yes, it does seem like a lot of grain, but we used to use 10 or 11 cups for 2 loaves.)
    Anyway, sounds delicious. What wouldn't I give for a warm slice of fresh homemade bread.....
    --Love in Christ, C. H. Duggar fan from Oklahoma

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  20. What kind a machine do i need to grind the wheat berries? And where can i buy one? I really like the mixer that they use, I have seen Anna use the same one too.I have never noticed them in the store before, are they rare and are they expensive?Where do you find them? Any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks!

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    1. I was wondering the same thing, where can i buy that mixer and the grinder? Does anyone know?

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    2. Its a Bosch mixer. Very expensive.

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  21. Yummmm... sounds good!!! Totally going to have to make it!!!!

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  22. Anonymous 2, 3, and 8. Remember... this is a FAN PAGE ONLY!!!! Do yall remember the sayin that goes like this??? "If you dont have anything nice to say dont say anything AT ALL" !!!!!!!!!! Please guys if yall are going to say anything mean or critical, GET OFF THIS SITE!!!!! These are good people. And God has truly blessed them.

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  23. What kind of mixer were the girls using?

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  24. Mom and dad are following adults around and listening in on their video chats. Previewing episodes ahead of the kids. I have no idea how they will keep up the property and home once empty nesters.

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  25. Just wondering why you didn't post my comment? If there is something you want to edit, go for it.

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  26. Anon 16, Your comment was distressing to me. So many young women struggle with body image. How unkind to criticize these girls by subtlety implying they need to exercise. They look fit and healthy and toned. Whether or not they exercise is none of our business. I know you said you were not trying to be mean, a negative comment about a person's figure is always mean whether you realize it or not. I've read some pretty low comments on this blog before, but this was underhanded. They are beautiful girls with lovely figures, and I bet you are too, why tear down when you can encourage? While I try to avoid criticizing others I have just met too many people who struggle with serious health issues connected to anorexia and bulimia, and I had to say something about it.

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  27. It is a bosh mixer. You can get one on amazon. I do not know what kind of grain grinder they have. I have a nutrimill.

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  28. To the person who asked about the equipment the girls were using, I have the same machines. The grain mill is a Whisper Mill and the mixer is a Bosch. The grain mill last I looked goes for about $150 and the Bosch typically runs around $400. There are other grain mills that mill wheat into flour. A decent mill will run $100-$200 or more. If you do some research on line there is a ton of information. I really like mine, it makes wonderful flour, and it is important to have a decent grain mill if you are going to make whole wheat bread. A grain mill that can mill numerous types of grain and beans is very useful.. The Bosch mixer is especially good for large batches and can handle kneading whole wheat bread dough. It is quite expensive, but a terrific machine. I ordered mine online, I have never seen them in the store in the area I live in.. They go on sale occasionally so it would be good to shop around. You might be able to find a good one on ebay or Craigslist if you keep at it. If you buy one used hopefully get a money back guarantee if it did not work properly. A good hefty Kitchen Aid should be able to make a smaller amount. I have the Classic, which is the basic model and I use it all of the time but not for whole wheat bread because it strains my motor. I think the higher end models might do the job, I have noticed that Amazon us a good resource for product reviews. Hope this helps and happy bread making. :)

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  29. The mixer they're using is the Bosch Universal. They're fantastic machines and usually run around $400 new. I have one question - it looked like the mini loaf pans were together in one large pan, so that they only had to take one large pan out that was holding the little ones. Do I have that right, and if so, I'm wondering what those are called or where they're found.

    I love this website and of course the Duggars, thank you for your hard work!

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    1. I bought 8 mini loaf pans all connected on a cookie sheet sized tray at Walmart.com
      I like them for banana bread, the men take an entire loaf to work in their lunches :)

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  30. I guess this is what the Duggar kids have in place of an age appropriate social life. Nothing wrong in baking bread, it's a nice thing to do, but it's such a shame that they aren't allowed a life outside their house that doesn't include the WHOLE family. I have yet seen these kids to anything age appropriate, in even split up groups. Why do they drag along adult children to an outing that is designed for 8 year olds and under all the time? The parents should take those little kids out themselves and let the older ones go out even in a group by themselves and do age appropriate things alone. If they do, we don't see any of that.

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  31. How do they knead the dough with a mixer?

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  32. Yay! Was hoping the recipe was out here on the great www. :) Happy to find this blog too. Wonder what kind of mill and mixing machine the Duggars used too... would love to find out. :)

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  33. if i 4th the recipe do you think it will work in a bread maker

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  34. So many unkind comments on a blog meant for fans!!! Unless you know what goes on behind closed doors, you should not be assuming what happens. Just because you feel Michelle doesn't do anything doesn't mean that she doesn't. There is a lot to be done, and in a half hour show (which is about 20-22 minutes total if I'm remembering correctly), you won't see what every single family member is doing. As for Joy-Anna not being happy, I don't agree with that at all! Maybe she wasn't feeling too well that day, or something, but I don't think any of the children seem unhappy in the slightest!!!

    That being said, I'm extremely excited to try out the bread recipe one day! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  35. i asked this earlier but i dont see it up here. i dont have older kids that have an interest in baking, just toddlers. does anyone know if i 1/4 this recipe can i make it in a bread machine

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  36. I also would like to know about the machine. I've only seen one like that on the show. I'd love to have one myself. Please share the brand and where we might purchase one.


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  37. Michelle home schools those kids. I'm sure that takes up a lot of time each day. Jim Bob probably is a great businessman and represents the family when dealing with the tv people and all that entails. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. I choose to believe they are Godly people and I hope the program stays on a lonnnnnnng time. Deborah S.

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  38. @Anonymous
    Jill has registered for the GrainMaster Whispermill Electric Grain Mill. It's kind of pricey, but you can get mills rather inexpensively.

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  39. Making this today!! Cut the recipe in half for our family of 5... don't expect it to last long..!

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  40. @Kristi

    Kristi - Yeast cannot be put into hot water - it will kill it. I don't mean to answer for the Duggars but thought you might be waiting to know....

    Add the yeast at the end as you are mixing the bread or make a well or dip in the flour and put it in there.

    Oil for the bread. If you want to scale, just cut the recipe in half and see how that works.

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  41. I appreciate the wonderful recipe but am often surprised at the pety comments left by Christian women. It really isn't your business how many children they have or God's purpose for blessing them. Your comments of hypgiene are ridiculous. Grow up ladies...in Christ. Comments should be based on recipes only.

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  42. I'm excited to try this recipe. Always looking for a good one! I have a family of five but eat me out of house and home all the time! And enough for the negative comments about their lifestyle. I don't see them talking about anyone else's that's different than theirs!

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  43. Buy a bread maker

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  44. Absolutely LOVE the Duggars !! I wanted this recipe badly....thank u for the site and the recipe.....

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  45. Can't wait to try this recipe! I use to make homemade bread when my kids were growing up. I miss the smell of fresh baked bread from the oven and will definitely give this one a try. I see that the Duggars grind their own flour. I wonder if the taste is better verses purchasing store bought flour? It's amazing how versatile and able these girls are.

    On another note... I am amazed by some of the catty and negative comments on this thread. It's just plain rude and ignorant to speak so disparagingly about a family you really know nothing about. Do you people have nothing better to do then to maliciously hide behind a computer screen brandishing insults? Get a grip, or better still, go do something more productive with your time.

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  46. Thanks for this recipe! I was watching a Duggar marathon over the weekend and that bread looked so yummy - I am going to make it today for my family. Thanks guys - love the show!

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  47. What kind of wheat berries do they use/prefer.

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  48. Love. Joy. Co-Operation. Family. Values. Hard Work. Strength, Fun. Hope. Manners. Understanding. Heart. There are many more words I would use to describe your family
    All of them are Positive. My mom taught me to be kind to others. Treat people how you would like to be treated. And your family goes above and beyond to help others. I just want to say Thank You for sharing your family with mine. God bless you all! And a little shout out from Texas to Arkansas. howdy neighbors! Thank you for the recipes and tips. I'm so ready to make bread!
    God Bless-Tracy

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  49. @Anonymous

    With a dough hook that usually comes with a good quality mixer.

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  50. This bread is soo good and two batches a week feeds my family of soon to be 8. I love the duggar sized cooking tips since my kiddos eat a bunch and we need the super sized recipes to feed our growing family.

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  51. So I tried this and halved the recipe.. my whole family loved it..I did it with wheat flour ( my kitchenaid was pretty hot after, it worked hard) but also did a few loaves with unbleached white flour. with the white the dough was a bit sticky so I just put flour on my hands took it out of the mixer and got it a little more firm with more flour but not too firm.. was like pizza dough texture.. then formed the two halves into two dome shapes and put them on greased cookie sheets and baked.. came out awesome.. baked a little bit longer then 20 mins.. but we LOVE the recipe.. and great for sandwiches.. thank you so much for sharing!..

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  52. made this today yummy!!xo

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  53. I have made the bread its great but doesnt last long in my family but its so good and make the house smell really good actully have some baking right now on a cold and rainy day

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  54. @Anonymous Shame on you!I wish I'd had a mother like Michelle and a father like Jim Bob. These two people are raising their family in a godly manner, and teaching their children to grow up to be responsible god fearing adults! I can assure you she doesn't sit around and twiddle her thumbs all day. Watch the show!

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  55. Actually, only the older ones... Jessa was in charge of the homeschooling.

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  56. @AnonymousMaybe they were cold. Maybe they were saving on heating and had the thermostat down. I doubt they would wear them unless there was a chill.

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  57. Stephanie TyutyunnikJune 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Where did they get the small loaf pans?

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