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Whole Wheat Bread

by Amy
An easy to make and delicious snacking and sandwich bread.
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This is my family’s favourite sandwich bread. It makes amazingly tasty sandwiches.

I have arthritis in my hands and I can’t physically knead breads. So this recipe has steps that use a mixer, but can easily be adapted to hand-power if you don’t have a mixer.

Check out our post on substitutions in this recipe!

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Whole Wheat Bread

Owl Creek Farm owlcreek.ca
An easy to make and delicious snacking and sandwich bread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 4 lbs
Calories 1093 kcal


Step 1 (See Instructions)

  • 3 Cups White Flour
  • 3 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
  • 3 Cups Warm Water ~110° F

Step 2

  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoon Melted Butter
  • 5 to 5 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour


  • Add flour, yeast, honey, and warm water to countertop mixer. Let proof for 30 minutes, bubbles should be formed.
  • Turn mixer on, and add salt, butter, and slowly mix in 5 cups of whole wheat flour. Add in additional 1/2 cup flour as needed, until not real sticky - just pulling away from the bowl, but still sticky to touch; mix approximately 8 minutes.
  • Shape dough into a ball and put in lightly greased mixing bowl. Turn dough to coat in oil and cover with clean tea towel. Let rise in a warm, draft free area until doubled, about 45-60 minutes.
  • Punch down, shape into flatted ball, cut into 2, 3, or 4 equal chunks (use a scale to get even sizing):
    For 9x5 loaf pans, make 2 loaves (approximately 2 lbs each).
    For 8x4 loaf pans, make 3 or 4 loaves (approximately 1 to 1⅓ lbs each).
  • Shape each chunk into loaves, rise in lightly greased loaf pans for about 45 minutes. About 30 minutes into second rise, preheat oven to 350°F
  • For 4 loaves, bake for 25 minutes.
    For 3 loaves, bake for 30 minutes.
    For 2 loaves, bake for 35 minutes.
    Bread should reach an interal temperature of 190-200°F.


Nutrition facts below are for the ingredients stated in the recipe and are PER LOAF - if you cut your slices fairly evenly, just divide the numbers below, by the number of slices. For example: if you get 10 even slices from one loaf, you can find the calories for each slice by dividing 1093 by 10 (~109 calories per slice).


Serving: 1LOAFCalories: 1093kcalCarbohydrates: 217gProtein: 35gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 1839mgPotassium: 803mgFiber: 23gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 277IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 11mg
Keyword bread, flour, honey, whole wheat
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