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Recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread

I love whole wheat bread, but Josh isn’t a huge fan. He loves it for toast or a BLT, but prefers white bread for his other sandwiches. He claims most whole wheat bread is too dense. I do buy white bread for Josh because I let him eat what he wants, but of course I prefer we both eat healthy:)When we were in Colorado the friends we were staying with had a couple loaves of homemade whole wheat bread. Josh tried it and loved it. I was amazed, he said he would even use it for sandwich bread if I made it. So of course I snagged the recipe.

We ran out of bread this week and since I am trying to spend
$100 on groceries/food this month, it was time to make our own. The recipe makes two big loaves and is really easy. My KitchenAid did most of the work:)
I was nervous it wouldn’t turn out as good as our friends, but it did! I love that the recipe calls for ALL whole wheat flour. It also has a little vital wheat gluten, which adds protein and improves the texture and elasticity of the dough. This bread has a very nice texture, it is light, fluffy and all whole grain. It is perfect for toast and sandwiches.I am glad Josh likes this bread. I will be making our own every day bread from now on.Penny Pinching Pantry Raid Update

I haven’t spent any money this week so I am still at $8.28. I am running low on produce so I will have to make a grocery run this week. I can’t live without fresh fruits and veggies. I will shop the sales though:)

Some of you are probably wondering what we are eating, I promise we are eating well. Breakfast is oatmeal for me and cereal for Josh. I’ve always packed our lunches, so that hasn’t changed. For dinner, we are using more of our freezer and pantry food. It is actually fun being creative with what we have. So far the challenge is going well!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Yield: 2 loaves bread


6 1/2-7 cups whole wheat flour, divided
1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (find it at Whole Foods, Bob's Red Mill, King Arthur, etc.)
2 packets of yeast (I used rapid rise)
2 1/2 cups warm water
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt


In a large mixing bowl (preferably a KitchenAid), add 3 cups of the flour, wheat gluten, and yeast. Stir. Add in warm water and stir until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Mix the oil, honey, lemon juice, and salt in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture after the 10 minutes. Mix until combined. Add in the additional flour and mix. Now knead the dough for ten minutes with the dough hook. When it is done divide the dough into two loaves. Make sure they are even. Shape them into loaf form. Place the dough into 2 loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After the loaves have risen, bake them for 30 minutes. They should be golden brown. Let cool before slicing, if you can wait:) You can freeze one of the loaves if you wish.

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87 Responses to “Recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread”

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  1. Beth — July 8, 2009 @ 5:48 am

    My hubby is a white bread man – but Im trying to convert him! Looks very profressional. I might just have to try the recipe in my Kitchenaid

  2. Tracy — July 8, 2009 @ 5:52 am

    I am definitely going to have to try this…I've been looking for a good whole wheat bread recipe!

  3. CookiePie — July 8, 2009 @ 6:06 am

    Lovely-looking bread! Nothing is better than homemade bread — the smell alone!!!

    I'm so impressed with your $100 goal – please keep us posted! I'd love to know all about how you do it.

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums — July 8, 2009 @ 6:15 am

    A wonderful bread! Can I have a slice, please?



  5. Deeba @Passionate About Baking — July 8, 2009 @ 6:16 am

    This is my kinda bread Marie…brilliant! Love it!! Good luck on the challenge.

  6. Barbara Bakes — July 8, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    Your bread looks easy and delicious! This is the first time I've seen lemon juice in a bread recipe. I'll have to give it a try!

  7. Nancy/n.o.e — July 8, 2009 @ 6:21 am

    Beautiful loaf! Whole wheat bread can be dry and dense, and it's always great to find a recipe that has whole grain goodness and the perfect texture – looks like you have a winner!

  8. finsmom — July 8, 2009 @ 6:22 am

    I am always looking for good whole wheat bread recipes, as I make our own bread all the time. This sounds like a great one! Bookmarked!

  9. Lisa — July 8, 2009 @ 6:26 am

    My kids always complain about having to eat whole wheat bread but maybe they will like it if I make this. Great recipe!

  10. Stephanie — July 8, 2009 @ 6:37 am

    Sounds great! I have been wanting to make my own bread but just haven't done it yet. I am so inspired and impressed by your $100 challenge! Great work!

  11. Robin Sue — July 8, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    Maria! $100 for the whole month!! I am trying to only spend $120/week for 5. It is the fruits and veggies that get us since we eat so much of that in the summer-from a local fruit stand that I love. Plus having kids home all day, they can eat so much!

    Your bread loaf is perfect! It is so nice to have a good bread recipe!

  12. kat — July 8, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    Its always good to find a whole wheat bread recipe that isn't like cardboard

  13. Kara — July 8, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    I love the photo! so nicely composed! :)

  14. stephchows — July 8, 2009 @ 6:58 am

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO that is great that he liked it :) I can't wait to try this!!! Darn I brought my box of vital wheat gluten over to John's… so this will have to wait until I go over there. Darn I want to make this tonight!! 😀

  15. Sara — July 8, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    I love whole wheat bread and this looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it out.

  16. Manggy — July 8, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    Actually I'm with Josh (is it a guy thing?)– I find wheat bread dry and tasteless. However, I am liking this recipe- with the canola oil and honey. Healthy and delicious! :)

  17. Erin — July 8, 2009 @ 7:23 am

    I'll have to try this! I made Light Wheat Bread, and loved it. (Even though I couldn't get my SO to eat ANY of it, other than a bite) Also, I need your bread knife and slicing skills!!

  18. sugarlens — July 8, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    I prefer white over wheat, for the same reason as Josh. But since I know wheat is healthier, I always eat that instead.

    Your loaf looks perfect!

  19. Kelly — July 8, 2009 @ 7:41 am

    Well, that bread looks about as perfect as can be! Lovely crumb, too!

  20. Mary — July 8, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    Your bread looks wonderful, Maria. Save a piece for me, please.

  21. Gaby — July 8, 2009 @ 8:08 am

    omg yummmmm this looks so yummy! I would seriously eat this all day everyday!

  22. Grace — July 8, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    that looks like a perfect loaf of bread. great color, great texture, great density. nicely done!
    and keep up the great work in the grocery challenge–that's outstanding!

  23. Rebecca — July 8, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    I cannot wait to try this, but I have one question. The ingredients says 3 cups flour, but then the direction say 3 1/2. I just want to make sure I do it right, cause I really want it to turn out! Thanks!

  24. Maria — July 8, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    Rebecca-Thanks for catching my typo. I made the change on the post. It is 3 cups of flour. Later on you add 3 1/2 to 4 cups. Let me know if you try it.

  25. Joanne — July 8, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    This sounds like a pretty awesome challenge! I don't have enough items in my pantry to do it, but I've been trying to spend less on grocery items since I have a tendency to splurge. This bread looks so good and if you converted your husband, maybe I can convert my parents…

  26. D — July 8, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Sounds delicious. Just checking if this only needs one short rise. Also, would the recipe change if you didn't use Rapid Rise yeast? Thanks!

  27. Jamie — July 8, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    That bread looks delicious!!!

  28. Maria — July 8, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    D-Yes, the bread only rises once, for 30 minutes in the loaf pans. I was surprised at how big they got. The recipe makes 2 huge loaves. I used rapid rise because that is what we had, but you can use regular yeast.

  29. Double Dipped Sweets — July 8, 2009 @ 11:07 am

    This looks divine! I'll have to try it! Hi from a fellow SLC gal!

  30. Elle — July 8, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    This looks so good! I'm glad the challenge is going well for you, too. Keeping this recipe to try!

  31. The Short (dis)Order Cook — July 8, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    I like wholewheat bread and my husband likes rye. The only white bread we both like are nice rustic Italian or French loaves. I used to love making ww bread, but because he's not into it, I haven't made it in years.

    Your efforts to stay on a budget are impressive. I think I spend more than that in a week. I did have fun last year cleaning out my own pantry and seeing what I could make with what I already had an excess of. I should see what's in my pantry and do that again.

  32. jen — July 8, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    I've been making our own bread for a few months now and I love it! It's my great excuse for hub to not eat that darn white pillow bread anymore, and he likes it too. glad I'm not alone in that situation :)

    it looks great I will definitely try your recipe. The jam looks delish too. And keep it up with the budgeting thing! I'm sore impressed.

  33. Bridgett — July 8, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    Wow Maria, this looks perfect! How did you do that? lol. I need to get moving on making more bread!

  34. pinkstripes — July 8, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Your loaf looks perfect! Great job.

  35. Flourchild — July 8, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    I love homemade ww bread..your bread turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  36. Helene — July 8, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    I love whole wheat bread, especially homemade. Looks delicious.

  37. Engineer Baker — July 8, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

    Lemon juice? Really? Hmm… Never seen one like that… Kudos on finding a WW bread he likes though!

  38. Katrina — July 8, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    My kids have only ever had wheat bread. I love it. The lemon juice (or vinegar works) is supposed to be great for breads, too. I will definitely try this one!

  39. ttfn300 — July 8, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    looks amazing, especially with that jam!

  40. Esi — July 8, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

    I adore homemade bread and it isn't difficult to make. Certainly much cheaper than buying a loaf at the store!

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