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Wholesome Wheat Bread

My sister and I were in 4-H, and Mom was our breads project leader for years. Because of that early training, fresh homemade bread like this is a staple in my own kitchen. -Karen Wingate, Coldwater, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 4-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add butter, honey, sugar, salt, milk powder and 3 cups whole wheat flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in remaining whole wheat flour and enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into 4 portions. Roll each into a 15-in. rope. For each loaf, twist 2 ropes together; pinch ends to seal. Place in greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 134 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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  • Pnina
    Oct 23, 2020

    Very good taste but it didn't bake through so I will have to try cooking longer next time.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 3, 2020

    Need to try again

  • Dani
    Jan 12, 2019

    I made three 1-pound loaves from this recipe. It rose nicely, toasts beautifully, and holds together well for sandwiches. A great all-round bread! (Oh! It also freezes well.)

  • rachelbarnesjn116
    Nov 1, 2016

    This bread is one of my all time favorites to make. It's filling, delicious and doesn't need anything with it (however this with a little bit of butter is amazing). If this is a recipe that you're debating about making or not because of the limited number of reviews, I would strongly suggest trying it. It's worth it.

  • mel0n
    Sep 23, 2014

    This loaf is nice and soft and light. It has a great flavor. It did not rise as much as I would have liked in the bread pans, but I think it may be partially due to me opening the oven door after about 10 minutes of baking to check on it and creating a draft. I cut a loaf warm, and it sliced very nicely, so I think it is a good bread for making sandwiches.

  • Suekath57
    Sep 16, 2013

    fantastic and easy recipe! only small change...I used honey and molasses (half and half) and used BEST for BREAD white all purpose flour for the white flour portion. so tender, flavorful, and easy!!!!!!!!

  • MMSI
    Apr 19, 2012

    turned out very nice and rose well abovepans.

  • jssterns
    Jan 30, 2012

    I make this almost every other day! We love this bread for sandwhiches! I recently tried this with coconut oil instead of the butter and agave instead of the honey and it is still amazing. I did add 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten per one 1 cup of wheat four and my kids really like the white wheat flourl.

  • ShainaT
    Sep 28, 2010

    No comment left

  • cheapshoot
    Dec 12, 2009

    Very good with a nice texture.Very good toasted as well.