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5 from 4 votes

Whole Wheat Bread

If you are a bread lover and want something a little more healthy, give this soft homemade whole wheat bread a try. If is very easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Rising time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: healthy, soft, yeast
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk or fork
  • Plastic wrap
  • Damp towel
  • 5x9 bread pans
  • Dough cutter or knife
  • Kitchen spray or shortening


  • 2 3/4 cups of water 650mL
  • 2 tsp. of granulated sugar 10g
  • 1/3 cup of oil canola, olive, vegetable, coconut (78mL)
  • 1/3 cup of honey 113g
  • 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup or molasses 43g
  • 1 Tbsp. of salt 17g
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour 720g - 780g (may need a little more)
  • 4 tsp. of active dry yeast 12g
  • oil for greasing bowl


  • Add the water to a medium bowl and heat it up between 105 and 115 F (40 to 44 C.) Use the microwave or a pot on the stovetop. The water should feel like warm bathwater. Add about a teaspoon of the sugar to the water along with the yeast. Use a fork or whisk and mix it into the water. Allow the yeast to sit until it gets nice and foamy.
  • Now add in the other liquid ingredients, oil, maple syrup or molasses, and honey. Use a whisk or wooden spoon to mix it together.
  • Next, add in one cup of the whole wheat flour along with the salt. Whisk it into the wet ingredients. Put the whisk away and switch to a sturdy wooden spoon. Or use a stand mixer. Add more flour a cup at a time mixing it in until a slightly sticky/tacky dough forms. Don't just dump all the flour in at once. You may not need it all.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it for 8 minutes, adding more flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to your hands and the work surface. The dough should be springy to the touch when done. You may use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you like instead.
  • Place the dough in a lightly sprayed/greased bowl and then cover it with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and allow the dough to rise for an hour or more until at least doubled in size.
  • Remove the cover and punch the dough down. Then cut the dough in half and shape each piece into a loaf. Grease or lightly spray 2 5x9 or 4x8 bread pans and place the dough in them. Cover and let rise for about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. Remove the plastic from the pans, brush the tops with an egg wash if you wish, then place them on the middle rack of the oven and bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and they sound slightly hollow when you thump them with the back of your finger.
  • Once baked remove the bread from the oven, and allow the loaves to cool in their pans for 5 to 10 minutes. Then place the bread on wire racks to cool completely. Slice and serve, enjoy!



Note: You can also do 4 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour or a different combination of whole wheat flour to bread flour or all-purpose flour. 
List of nutritional ingredients for whole wheat bread.