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Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

If you can bake cookies, you can bake bread. You don’t need a bread machine, a rolling pin or a wheat grinder. You don’t even have to get your hands messy! Baking bread is so much easier than you might think, and this post will tell you exactly how to get that first loaf in the oven.

The majority of conventional breads contain 20+ ingredients including preservatives and dough conditioners. This simple recipe for Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread contains just 6 ingredients and requires a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time. Making the switch to homemade bread is an easy way to eliminate unnecessary chemicals and fillers from your family’s diet (and your kitchen will smell so wonderful on baking days!).

To get started, gather the following equipment:

  • 2 loaf pans (I love Emile Henry’s artisan loaf pans)
  • a stand mixer with a kneading hook
  • measuring spoons
  • solid and liquid measuring cups
  • a rubber scraper

And now, to mix!

First, combine 2 C hot water, 1/3 C grapeseed oil, 1/2 C honey and one egg in a Kitchen Aid (or similar) stand mixer. Mix well with the paddle or whisk attachment. (Note: if you want to eliminate egg from the recipe simply increase the oil to 1/2 C).

To the liquid ingredients, add 3 1/2 teaspoons fast-acting yeast, 2 teaspoons salt, and 3 cups flour (King Arthur Organic 100% Whole Wheat Flour is a good option).

Tip: Don’t shake your flour container or shimmy the measuring cup; doing so causes the flour to settle and you’ll end up with more flour than the recipe calls for. Instead, gently scoop the flour from its container, then use the flat edge of a knife for a clean measure.

Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread. This simple recipe contains just 6 ingredients and requires a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time.

Next, remove the paddle attachment and connect the kneading hook. Add the remaining 2 cups flour. Set the mixer to medium-low and let it spin for 10 minutes. Your dough will be thicker than cake batter but not quite as thick as cookie dough.

Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread. This simple recipe contains just 6 ingredients and requires a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time.

Divide the dough into two even parts; place each into its own greased loaf pan. Let the bread rise on the counter for 30 minutes. It’s not necessary to cover the dough (unless you have little taste-testers who might try to snitch!).

Once the dough has doubled in size, place the pans into a 350 degree, preheated oven. (The loaves can bake side-by-side in one oven.) Set the timer for 31 minutes (yes, 31!).

Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread. This simple recipe contains just 6 ingredients and requires a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time.

Remove the bread from the oven, let it cool for a bit, then use a thin, sharp knife to loosen each loaf from its pan. Gently turn the bread onto a cooling rack and slice when ready to serve.

Organic Honey Whole Wheat Bread. This simple recipe contains just 6 ingredients and requires a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time.

Since this bread doesn’t contain preservatives, you’ll want to keep it in the refrigerator in a  sealed bag and use it within about 5 days. If you need a reason to use it quickly, this bread makes fantastic French Toast!

Once you’ve mastered the basic whole wheat recipe, try modifying it to suit your tastes. I’ve had great success turning it into Cinnamon-Raisin Bread by adding cinnamon and raisins in the final step. Nuts and dried cranberries would be delicious additions, too. It’s also easy to make pull-apart rolls from this dough: place three small balls of dough into individually greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle the dough with garlic and sea salt before baking! Delish!

Kristen and her husband have four children; she is also the founder of The Daily Mom App, a news app designed specifically for busy moms.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread. This simple recipe contains just 6 ingredients and requires a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time. http://www.superhealthykids.com/honey-whole-wheat-bread/

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Ingredients
  • 2 cup – water
  • 1/3 cup – olive oil
  • 1/2 cup – honey
  • 1 large – egg
  • 5 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 3 1/2 teaspoon – yeast, active dry
  • 2 teaspoon – salt
Directions
Note: This is a 2-loaf recipe; it requires a Kitchen Aid or similar stand mixer with a bread hook attachment.
  1. In a stand mixer with a whisk or paddle attachment, combine hot water, oil & honey.
  2. Add egg (if using.  If omitting the egg, increase oil to 1/2 cup).
  3. Add 3 cups flour, yeast, & salt. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Change attachment to the bread hook (kneading) attachment. Add remaining flour and set to mix on medium-low speed for 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into two parts and place into greased loaf pans. Let rise on the counter (covered or uncovered) for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Once the dough has doubled in size, bake both loaves in the same oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Let cool 10 - 20 minutes, slide a knife around the perimeter of the pan, and flip over to release the loaf.
  8. Keep sealed and refrigerated. Enjoy within about 5 days.

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17 Comments

Anam

Hey by fast acting yeast do u mean instant yeast or dry active yeast…??..also I have dry active yeast available, wud there be a difference while substituting if its instant yeast in the recipe?..I do make quite a lot of breads but m not very optimistic about using only whole wheat, sneak some flour too..coz usually when I try full whole wheat I end up having a very dense layer which seems uncooked in the lower part of the loaf…any idea y this happens?

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carly

Yes this is a great recipe for those that have a super expensive counter clogging stand mixer! But I bake by hand with not even beaters. So I found the description of this pretty misleading…

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Carly, I apologize – I didn’t see your comment when you posted it in June! I bake by hand a lot too, and you don’t need a “super expensive counter clogging stand mixer” for this recipe at all! In fact, I think it tastes even better when you knead it by hand. If you have a hand mixer that will help in the early stage of the process; mine can handle up to 3 cups of flour. From there, I hand stir the remaining flour in, and then hand knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

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Sierra

I have finally made whole wheat bread that wasn’t a brick! Haha This recipe is awesome! Thank you!!!

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Hi, Paula. I’ve never tried it in a bread machine, and I’m sorry to say I’m totally unfamiliar with how they work. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

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Hi, Jessica! Olive oil definitely works – and if you’re feeling adventurous, add some rosemary and it’ll have a lovely flavor! I’ve never tried Avocado, but any relatively mild oil will work. Enjoy!

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Emily

This seems like a wonderful recipe and I’m looking forward to trying it, but can it be halved or would it be ok to freeze one loaf? I don’t think my family can eat two loaves of bread in five days!

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Hi, Emily! Yes – you can absolutely freeze this once you’ve baked it. I usually have a “baking day” and will do 10-12 loaves at a time. Once cooled, I freeze whatever we won’t use. You can even freeze it after you’ve sliced it. The only thing I’d suggest it to make sure you get as much air out of your freezer bag as possible, to avoid it drying out. Enjoy!

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Christine

I can never seem to get bread to rise but this recipe was so easy to follow and turned out great. It was a huge hit with my kids. I was hoping it would turn out to more of a sandwich bread but I think it’s a tad too fluffy for that purpose but it will make a great side. It reminded me of those Hawaiian Rolls but without all the icky ingredients.

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Jeanne

Hi,
I’m trying homemade bread for the first time. How hot should the
water be? And, without a mixer, how long should I mix/knead by hand?
Thank yku for the recipe!

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Hi, Jeanne! The yeast will not activate if the water is TOO hot – so keep it under boiling temp to make sure it is able to do its job.

Without a mixer, I knead this recipe for 10 minutes. Bonus: you’re going to have some new arm muscles by morning. 🙂

Enjoy!

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