Perfect Whole Wheat Bread


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.


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.


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!


Soft & Sweet Whole Wheat 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

1 egg yolk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey


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.

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


17 Responses to “Perfect Whole Wheat Bread”

  1. Soumya says:

    looks so perfect and delicious…

  2. Marisa says:

    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!

  3. Federica says:

    una vera delizia! complimenti!

  4. the beloved pilgrim says:

    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!

  5. Maria says:

    This bread looks perfect indeed!

  6. cmo4 says:

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

  7. Melissa Fritzsche says:

    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!

  8. Tacy says:

    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.

  9. Taylor says:

    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!

  10. Kendra says:

    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!

  11. Skye says:

    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 :)

  12. Nicole says:

    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.


  13. Anna@Tallgrass Kitchen says:

    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: Also on my site, not Christmassy, but no one would turn down a batch of chocolate chip peanutbutter pretzel cookies.

  14. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    This bread with that spread is just WOW!! xo

  15. Dacia says:

    This looks wonderful. How many loaves does it make?

  16. Jacqi says:

    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!

  17. Lachelle says:

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

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