Recipe: Whole Wheat Bread

If you read the label of your store-bought bread and wonder if any of the ingredients are edible, here's an easy bread recipe that is tasty-times. I've been making it about once-a-week and eating it with jam, butter, honey, microwaved for a few seconds, my kids will eat it...it just keeps giving.

This bread takes me back to my childhood. My dad religiously made whole wheat bread, toasted a slice, sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar, cubed it, and ate it like cereal in a bowl with milk...?....
His wheat grinder was a staple on our kitchen countertop. Dad and the Little Red Hen were in an elite club. Now that I'm feeding little humans, I appreciate the value in each step you can do yourself to ensure quality and the real-foodness of it.  But I still buy my whole wheat.

The recipe makes 3 loaves. I like to make one monster loaf for sandwiches and the like, and 2 shrimpier ones for snacking. It comes from one of my favorite sites, All Recipes.


  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
  2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch. I put it in the oven at the lowest heat (170) to make it rise faster.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely                 


  1. excuse me but where was this delectable bread hiding when we were over the other night? hmmmmm? i jest.

  2. All Recipes is one of my favorite sites too. I think I'm going to finally try this....it is a delight of sorts. People feel sorry for me in my whiney pregnant state and sometimes they bring me homemade whole wheat bread. Mmmm....

  3. Hey. I made this bread. It's really good. Thanks for sharing!