Perfect Whole Wheat Bread

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This is the story of a single slice of bread.

It used to be two loaves of bread that I was going to deliver to the neighbors for Christmas, but then my family ate them. Ate every last slice of them. Except this slice you see before you now.

Here’s the thing. I understand their ravenous pillaging of the bread. Because this the best bread ever.

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It’s soft and just a teensy sweet. Almost 100% whole wheat. So easy to make, too. It rises right in a bread pan then bakes in the oven. Totally that easy.

And, it’s even better when slathered with my pal Jamica’s Secret Honey Butter spread.  Beli’e dat.

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With bread all eaten up, I’m at a loss for what to gift the neighbors. Any ideas, my Cheeky Peeps? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Soft & Sweet Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients:

FOR THE BREAD:
3 cups very warm water
1 cup honey
3 packets yeast
1 cup oil
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 cups white flour
6-7 cups white whole wheat flour

FOR THE WHIPPY HONEY BUTTER:
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey

Directions:

FOR THE BREAD:
In a large bowl, whisk together the water, honey, and yeast. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Stir in the oil, salt, and white flour. Slowly stir in the remaining whole wheat flour until the dough becomes soft, but not too sticky. It shouldn't stick too terribly much to your fingers as you begin kneading in the final cup or so of flour. Knead until elastic. Cut dough into two pieces, then place in a large, well-greased bread pan. Allow to rise for 35-40 minutes on top of your preheating stovetop. Just before baking, use a knife to cut a single slice right down the center of the bread (this will make your bread bake up pretty, and keeps the edges from cracking open all crazylike). Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or cold. Stores well for up to 1 week.

FOR THE WHIPPY HONEY BUTTER:
In a large bowl, beat together all ingredients with an electric mixer until verrry fluffy. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

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17 Responses to “Perfect Whole Wheat Bread”

  1. 1

    Soumya on December 9, 2010 at 1:04 am Reply

    looks so perfect and delicious…

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    Marisa on December 9, 2010 at 1:21 am Reply

    That first photo is amazing. Just gorgeous. And honey butter? Where have YOU been all my life?

    I say make more bread. :) But I'm making notepads out of my kids' old drawings. No matter how many times I nag them, they always seem to leave the back side blank. Perfect for scrap paper!

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    Federica on December 9, 2010 at 2:44 am Reply

    una vera delizia! complimenti!

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    the beloved pilgrim on December 9, 2010 at 5:39 am Reply

    I can almost smell it baking. I remember baking whole wheat bread and cutting the ends off, spreading them with peanut butter, and giving them to my girls for breakfast. As what to make for the neighbors, how about some orange cranberry bread. And then give us the recipe!

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    Maria on December 9, 2010 at 8:21 am Reply

    This bread looks perfect indeed!

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    cmo4 on December 9, 2010 at 8:28 am Reply

    I have never made bread before. I must try this. Very soon.

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    Melissa Fritzsche on December 9, 2010 at 9:30 am Reply

    For some reason, I'm thinking you are in Colorado (which is where I am). Are you? And if so…is this recipe adapted for altitude? I've been wanting to start baking our bread myself but am afraid of failure!!

    Thank you!

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    Tacy on December 9, 2010 at 10:10 am Reply

    I bake bread all the time, but haven't found an easy whole wheat recipe that I love…and I grind my own wheat in a wheat grinder…I've used white wheat, and red wheat, and the white does have a lighter texture, and just a hint of nutty flavor when you use it in things like cookies. We are doing homemade caramels and gingerbread softies for our friend/neighbor gifts…that's our tradition.

    @ Melissa, I am in Colorado and don't usually have to adapt recipes much at all, if any. I usually adjust the bake time and temp first on things like bread–when I do part wheat bread with my recipe, I bake at 325 for 30 minutes instead of 350 for 20…I hope that helps.

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    Taylor on December 9, 2010 at 11:06 am Reply

    Every time I have tried to make a wheat sandwich bread like this it has been a major FAIL…all due to my lack of bread making skills. I'm definitely bookmarking this to give it another shot. Even if I screw it up again, at least I could slather some honey butter on it!

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    Kendra on December 9, 2010 at 11:24 am Reply

    I say you should whip up another batch of bread – only this time – make 2 loaves! One for the family and one for the neighbors. Otherwise, caramel filled chocolates are what I like to give. Rich chocolate on the outside and a creamy but not runny caramel on the inside. Great – now I'm hungry! Thanks Brooke!

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    Skye on December 9, 2010 at 11:46 am Reply

    How about making more bread, but seasonal, like cranberry or apple cinnamon? I'd sure love a gift like that! :)

    I use white whole wheat flour all the time! It's what I use for pancakes, waffles, muffins, breads, etc. And even for cookies- I just use 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 white whole wheat. It makes me feel a little better about all the cookies I eat :)

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    Nicole on December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Can you use this recipe with a mixer? Makes my life so much easier to flip the switch rather than standing and kneading my bread with 4 little ones running around my feet.

    Thanks!

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    Anna@Tallgrass Kitchen on December 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm Reply

    I'm always looking for another whole wheat bread recipe – can't wait to try this one. And I love that it rises in the pan and only needs a single rise!

    If you're looking for neighbor gift ideas, I'm doing the 12 treats of christmas over at my place: http://www.tallgrasskitchen.com Also on my site, not Christmassy, but no one would turn down a batch of chocolate chip peanutbutter pretzel cookies.

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    marla {family fresh cooking} on December 10, 2010 at 8:30 am Reply

    This bread with that spread is just WOW!! xo

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    Dacia on December 14, 2010 at 8:00 am Reply

    This looks wonderful. How many loaves does it make?

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    Jacqi on January 4, 2011 at 10:21 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I've been wanting to find some bread recipes that I can make without a lot of fuss or a bread machine. I made this last night. I had a little mishap with my loaf pan size (I divided the dough into thirds and one loaf still went a little over the side.) And I think I need to adjust my bake time/temperature a little because my oven is old and moody. The top came out hard. But this bread. Oh. My. Goodness. I can't stop eating it. And the honey butter… So good!

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    Lachelle on October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm Reply

    I love finding recipes from those in my city since I know they are more likely to work! Thanks for your recipes!

    http://www.iheartcoloradosprings.com

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