Friday, May 20, 2011

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

I've tried numerous bread recipes this year, in my quest to find the perfect bread. From very complicated and lengthy recipes to the extremely simple, I finally found success! I've made this bread several times now and I'm confident to say that the bread is wonderful. Thank you to my brother for this fantastic recipe. I owe you! Sliced warm and slathered with honey butter, there is nothing better.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread
(printable recipe)

(This is a very simple recipe to adjust. I triple it exactly and it fills (3) 8.5 x 3.5 bread pans.)

1.25 cups warm water (105-110 degrees),
1.5 tsp yeast
1.5 tsp salt
3 cups flour, I used hard white wheat, divided
2 tbsp honey
1.5 tbsp melted butter
1.5 tbsp milk

With the whisk attachment, combine the warm, yeast, salt and 1 cup flour in Kitchenaid mixer. This can also be mixed by hand with a sturdy whisk. Remove the whisk and let stand 45 minutes.

Add the remaining 2 cups flour, honey, butter and milk. Knead with dough hook on the Kitchenaid (or mix by hand with a sturdy wooden spoon or dough whisk) for 5 minutes. Transfer to a very well-greased bread pan to rise for 1-2 hours.Cover with a tea towel while rising. 

After at least an hour, preheat the stove to 350 degrees. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Using hot pads, remove from pans while hot. Place on wire rack and then brush top and sides with melted butter while hot to keep the crust soft. Enjoy!


  1. This sounds so delicious. I always get a little intimidated when cooking with yeast but I may try this - it sounds so good.

  2. I was intimidated by yeast breads for years, Mary. I finally decided to tackle it this year and while there are still many less-than-impressive attempts, I've been very happy with the results for the most part. Good luck!

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  4. I love homemade breads and can NOT wait to make this recipe. I have always used a recipe for my bread machine so I look forward to baking this one. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. I love this recipe! It's so good!! The only problem I had was that it didn't rise much and was difficult to use as sandwich bread. Do I need to let it rise longer or should i get add to the ingredients to make a taller bread?

    1. I would try giving it a little more rise time. Howevre, in my experience, 100% whole wheat breads do not rise as high as classic sandwich breads. I posted this recipe a while back and it does make a fantastic sandwich bread. Good luck!

    2. Thank you so much! I'll try these methods!!

  6. This was my very first attempt at making bread, and I used freshly ground hard white wheat. I found the loaf didn't rise much at all (then again, I'm not sure what to expect seeing as it's only my first one) but I think it turned out OK if somewhat dense. The recipe tasted salty and yeasty to me, so next time I make this I am going to halve the salt and add more honey. I am also going to increase the baking time somewhat, as my loaf was raw in the middle :)

    The bread held together well and the recipe is easy to follow, especially for a newbie like me. I will be making this again for sure.