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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”

  1. Clumbsy Cookie — July 8, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    That's a gorgeous 100% ww bread! It's difficult to make bread only with ww, but the vital gluten helps. I'm glad Josh liked this one, I'm sure I would too!

  2. Special K — July 8, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

    I LOVE adding millet seeds to this to make a little crunchy!
    I am a carb fanatic!

    Have you checked out my giveaway for superfood vegan raw bars yet?

  3. FoodTravelDiva — July 8, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

    That bread sound so healthy and looks so rich and soft. I'm just stopping by to let you know I have an award waiting for you on my blog. Cheers!

  4. Reeni♥ — July 8, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    The texture looks great on this bread! Light and fluffy – love the honey in it!

  5. Liz — July 8, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    Sounds like a great challenge! We always spend way too much on groceries, a reality check would probably be healthy…mmmaybe next month. :)

  6. Liz — July 8, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

    Oops, hit post too soon! Meant to add that the whole wheat bread looks great! I love homemade bread and will have to bookmark this one.

  7. Pearl — July 8, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    love homemade bread :)

  8. Pam — July 8, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

    I really need to make my own bread. Your whole wheat looks delicious (especially smothered in jam).

  9. Amanda — July 9, 2009 @ 4:12 am

    1) thank you for this recipe! My kids (except my health-nut daughter) prefer white bread like Josh. I am always searching for a good recipe :)

    2) Thanks for the link on the penny pinching raid. Funny, I'm not participating but I might as well have been! I've been doing the same as you this week, but out of sheer necessity with work going slowly. Luckily I have a freezer full of meat, but it's the eggs, milk, bread and produce that run out constantly 😛

    This is a great thrifty post, you should come by my blog and add the link to Thrifty Thursday! Usually you are supposed to have a link back to TT from your post, but who cares, go ahead and add it, it's great info :)

  10. Mary Ann — July 9, 2009 @ 5:01 am

    My hubby loves white bread too. Maybe I could convert him with this recipe?
    It looks fabulous.
    Great job on the challenge!

  11. Megan — July 9, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    New to your blog… love it! This bread seems great… did you use whole wheat flour from the store or wheat you grind yourself??

  12. ♥Rosie♥ — July 9, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    I much prefer brown bread but hubby is still likes his white bread! Your bread looks wonderful I could just eat a slice with a spread of butter mmmm

  13. Miakoda — July 9, 2009 @ 6:06 am

    The wheat bread looks so perfect- no spots, cracks, nothing! Wow.

  14. Ben — July 9, 2009 @ 6:19 am

    I usually make my own whole-wheat bread, too, but I use dark sugar instead of honey. It's always a lot of fun kneading it until you sweat, you should try that sometime LOL :-p

  15. Maria — July 9, 2009 @ 6:20 am

    Amanda-Glad you are doing the challenge without even knowing it:)

    Megan-Thanks for visiting. I used whole wheat flour from the store. We don't have a wheat grinder, but I want to get one.

  16. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 9, 2009 @ 7:18 am

    Great job so far on the $100 challenge! My hubby would love this bread… my mom is a bread baker, and he always loves when she brings fresh bread for him. I will give this a try – especially because I can use the KitchenAid mixer :)

  17. Kalyn — July 9, 2009 @ 8:14 am

    Looks delicious! I always add vital wheat gluten when I use all whole wheat flour; it makes a huge difference. Sigh, wish I had a kitchenAid. That might be my next big kitchen purchase (but only when I finally get the house done!)

  18. Maria — July 9, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    Kalyn-I can't believe you don't have a KA. Yes, make that your next purchase. I can't wait to see your house!

  19. Erica — July 9, 2009 @ 8:55 am

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm love honey whole wheat bread- so delicious. Josh and I both love having homemade bread in the house. Hope you're doing well/feeling well

  20. The Blonde Duck — July 9, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    That bread looks wonderful!

    $100 for groceries for a month? WOW!

  21. Teanna DiMicco — July 9, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    So funny – I was just in the supermarket trying to decide between buying honey whole wheat bread or regular … I was comparing everything – fiber content, ingredient list, etc. I went with the whole wheat. But after reading this post, I wish I went for the honey! That looks so good!

  22. Natashya — July 9, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    I agree, homemade whole wheat is vastly superior to what the grocery stores have to offer. Nice loaf!

  23. JR and Kristi Royce — July 9, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

    I'm so glad you posted this. I have been looking for healthy recipes. I will try it out!

  24. teresa — July 9, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    oh this looks so good! my husband and i talk a lot about how we should just start making our own bread to save a bit of money. thank you for telling us where you got your vital wheat gluten, i haven't been able to find it anywhere!

  25. Jennifer — July 9, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    Beautiful bread!!!! Nothing compares to fresh homemade bread! The labor, smell, taste!

  26. Frieda — July 12, 2009 @ 12:15 am

    Yay! Another Utah bread baker! I found your site through the Hive…I look forward to reading your posts and trying out the recipes.
    btw, have you tried using White Wheat? Walmart sells a Montanna Gold Praire flour that makes a really great loaf of wheat bread!

  27. eatme_delicious — July 13, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

    I tried a no knead whole wheat bread and was pretty disappointed by it so I'm really excited to see yours! And happy it's 100% whole wheat. Can't wait to try it. It looks delicious!

  28. Deborah — July 14, 2009 @ 7:23 am

    We usually eat whole wheat bread, but I usually buy it! I need to try making some of this – it looks fantastic!

  29. Amanda — July 19, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

    Wow Maria this bread is a huge hit, I keep seeing it pop up on different blogs! I made this and everyone loves it. Mine deflated RIGHT before I put it in the oven GRRRR, I am not sure why. I am going to make it again, hopefully this time it won't drop like that. I like how Noble Pig added egg white wash to the crust to make it shiny :)

  30. Megan — July 25, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    Thanks for posting the recipe! I made the bread this morning and it turned out great!

  31. Me and My Pink Mixer — August 9, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

    I made this bread today and it is so good. I used my Kitchenaid, which really made it easy. Thanks for a great recipe

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  33. Sara — April 19, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    I have made this bread a couple of times now. It’s our new favorite bread and will be my normal bread that I make now! I love that it has all whole wheat flour, as well! Thanks for posting the recipe, Maria!

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  36. Lindsay Ann — January 26, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    Just made this bread and it turned out amazing! My first successful whole wheat bread, thanks for the recipe!

    • twopeas replied: — January 26th, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

      You are very welcome!

  37. Cait's Plate — July 16, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Yum – that looks delish! I agree – when I make my honey whole wheat bread I’m reminded every time how delicious it is – you just can’t find it in a store!

  38. Grishma @Zaikazabardast — December 18, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Looks like a perfect start for me to try my hands on homemade breads! Thanks a bunch for this simple and fool proof recipe :) Happy Holidays guys!

  39. KATIE — March 20, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    I don’t really use canola oil…could you use some other oil?

    • Two Peas replied: — March 20th, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      Sure, you can use the oil of your choice.

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