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Homemade whole wheat bread is a healthy choice and fun to experiment with. This page contains whole wheat bread recipes.


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By 2 found this helpful
August 13, 2009


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee granules stirred into 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup canola or safflower oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 4 mini loaf pans.

Combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in medium bowl. Put eggs and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at high speed 1 minute. Add honey, coffee, oil, and vanilla extract and beat at low speed 1 minute. Stir in flour mixture and walnuts.

Pour batter into loaf pans and set on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Rotate pans. Continue baking until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Cool on rack 5 minutes. Run knife around edges and remove loaves. Cool completely.


Nutritional info per serving: 244 Cal, 4 g protein, 33 g carb, 2 g fiber, 12 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 26 mg chol and 119 mg sodium.

Source: Prevention Magazine

By Laurie from Mount Olive, MS

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By 0 found this helpful
August 21, 2012
Super easy, homemade bread recipe! Makes 3 lovely, soft, tasty loaves of wheat bread!


  • 2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6-7 cups whole wheat flour


Measure yeast, salt, oil and honey into large mixing bowl. Add hot tap water and stir briefly. Mix in milk. Add 2 cups flour and stir until batter in smooth.


Mix in eggs. Add the next 5-6 cups flour, adding 2 cups at a time.

Knead on floured board 10-15 minutes. Shape into ball. Place in greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size. Punch down, and shape into 3 loaves and let rise. Bake in 350-375 degree F oven for about 40 minutes.

Servings: 3 loaves
Prep Time: 20-30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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February 11, 2009

This dough I use to make buns or bread in oven with. This recipe will makes 2 large loaves or 2 dozen buns. This recipe is for the 2 pound bread machine. It is important to reduce the amounts by portion if your machine is smaller.




Put the first 7 ingredients into the bread machine, then add the molasses and water.

Turn bread machine on to dough cycle. Usually it is 90 minutes long for dough. OH, the important thing. This recipe is for the 2 pound bread machine. Important to reduce the amounts by portion if your machine is smaller.

Bake at 350 degrees F. The buns for approximately 15 minutes, each oven does it differently, depending on your pans too. The clue I use to determine when my baking is done is the smell of the flavor buds bursting. This is what I use for cookies, breads, pies, etc. I very seldom use the timer unless distracted.


Source: I have a couple bread machines to help me (disability) kneed my breads better, I roll out the dough and proceed to bake like regular bread baking.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 17, 2017

This recipe makes the best sandwich bread! It's made with a combination of wheat germ, whole wheat, and all-purpose flour. The blend of flours create a soft texture for easy slicing.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 14, 2019

This delicious bread has ingredients that are all natural. This recipe needs no kneading. If you have an electric pressure cooker with a yogurt function, you can raise the dough in there, and speed up the process considerably.

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January 16, 2012

The best thing about this recipe is that it makes several loaves and they freeze very well until you are ready to use them. This is very good, soft yet dense bread!

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April 10, 2011

Mix yeast with 1/2 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let rest 15-20 minutes. In large bowl, mix water, honey, salt, and oil well.


Add yeast mixture, 1 cup white flour, and 2 cups wheat flour.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 5, 2009

This is our every day bread recipe. The heart of our meals.

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June 28, 20040 found this helpful

I myself bake even better ultra high bran, inexpensive, delicious and healthy bread in a bread machine using the following easy recipe.

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November 13, 20040 found this helpful

To make a whole wheat bread rise higher and feel lighter, add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to the dough as you're mixing it. This will add lightness, but will not influence the taste.

By joesgirl

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April 1, 2009

I have been searching for 100% whole wheat sourdough bread recipes but haven't found any. Does any one have one - preferably for a bread machine?

By Peggy from California


April 1, 20090 found this helpful

I've begun tweaking my recipes to accomodate a husband who has decided he only wants 100% whole wheat bread and find I can use the ww alone if I add vital gluten and dough enhancer to the mix. I haven't done sourdough yet (because I don't like it and I should get SOMETHING my way!) but feel sure you could do it the same way. I would just use a regular sourdough recipe and add those 2 things. I use a bread machine but for 100% ww recipes I take them out of the machine and let rise in the oven because it takes longer for 100% ww to rise than the machine allows. Almost nobody makes 100% ww anything but I make all the bread we eat that way: sandwich, breakfast bread, dinner rolls, pizza crust, and hamburger buns.

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April 1, 20090 found this helpful

Here are a couple... but not bread machine specific:

http://www.sour  twholewheat.html

http://www.reci  ugh-Bread-225135

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April 3, 20090 found this helpful

I have been making this recipe for a long time. I use the whole wheat dough setting on my machine. If you don't have a ww dough setting just use the regular.Sourdough Wheat Bread
1cup starter
3/4 cup warm milk
2T oil (I use olive oil)
2T sugar or honey
1 T salt
3 cups ww flour
1/4 cup gluten
2 tsp dry yeast
Put in bread machine in the proper order for your machine. When the dough cycle is done take the dough out punch down and put in bread pan. Let rise. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

Making fresh, delicious whole grain bread at home can be easily done with the use of a bread machine. This recipe contains lots of healthy ingredients to this like flax seeds, whole oats, raw sugar, extra virgin olive oil. Plus it's considerably cheaper than a "high quality" wheat bread from the store shelves.

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April 10, 20110 found this helpful

Soften 1 package dry yeast in 2 cups warm water.


  • 6 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups flour (use 2 cups white unbleached, 2 cups whole wheat)

Beat the above on low speed with electric mixer until smooth. Keep in warm place until bubbly (about an hour). In separate bowl, combine:

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. margarine or shortening

Add this to yeast/flour mixture. Add another 4 cups flour (2 cups unbleached, 2 cups whole wheat). Mix until smooth. Turn out dough on floured surface. Knead smooth and place in warm place, covered, in oiled bowl. Let sit for 1-1 1/2 hours. Punch down. Knead 2-3 times and cut in half. Shape each pieces in ball; let rest 10 minutes. Roll out rectangle and shape 2 loaves. Grease pans. Let rise 1 hour in warm place. Bake at 375 degrees F until golden brown, about 40-50 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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August 4, 20090 found this helpful

This is my favorite wheat bread recipe, it's from Prepared Pantry


  • 5 to 6 cups fine-ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 seven gram packet of instant yeast (or two teaspoons)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. melted and slightly cooled butter


  1. Place about three cups of the flour in the bowl of your stand-type mixer. Add the yeast. Carefully measure 2 cups room temperature (80 degrees) water. The water should feel cool to the touch. Mix the water with the flour with a dough hook for 30 seconds or until the yeast is dissolved and the ingredients begin to combine.
  2. Add the salt, egg, sugar, and butter and continue mixing. Add most of the remaining flour and continue mixing at a medium speed for at least four minutes adding more flour as needed to reach a soft dough consistency. (It is important that the dough be mixed for at least four minutes to develop the gluten.) The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but will be soft, not firm, to the touch.
  3. Once the dough is mixed, place it in a large greased bowl, turning once to coat both sides, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or for up to three days.
  4. On the day that you would like to bake your bread, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature--about three hours. The dough should rise to nearly double in size.
  5. Once the dough has risen, form the loaves. Coat your hands with flour and gently form a loaf by pulling the dough around itself to create a slightly stretched skin. You may need to coat your hands several times if the dough is sticky. If necessary, pinch the seams together on the bottom of the loaf. Lay the loaf gently in a well-greased loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with the second loaf. Let double again in size, about 11/2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Once the dough has doubled (the loaf should be very puffy), place the two loaves on a shelf in the top half of the oven, well-spaced so that air can circulate between the loaves. Bake for thirty minutes or until done. The interior of the loaves should register at least 185 degrees when an insta-read thermometer is inserted through the bottom crust. Remove the bread from the pans and cool on wire racks. Let it cool completely before cutting.

By Christi from Paducah, KY


100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Christi, thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I can't wait to try it! I do have a question for you though, 'cause I'm just a bit confused about something . . . you say to put the insta-read thermometer through the bottom crust . . . does that mean that you remove the bread from the pan to read the temp, then return it to the pan if it needs to bake a bit longer? Thanks, Jill (04/03/2007)

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