Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

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This is my “go to” bread recipe that I make every single week!  I can’t believe I haven’t shared it on my blog here yet.  When I make bread each week, I usually make 4 loaves of bread and I use 1 loaf worth of dough to make a batch of hamburger buns.  I love this recipe…it is so simple and the bread turns out wonderful each and every time.  Enjoy!

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

(Makes 5 loaves of bread)

5 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil (I use olive oil)
1/2 cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt, heaping (I use sea salt)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
10 cups flour (I use hard white wheat)
3 Tablespoons yeast
2+ cups additional flour, add as needed

Place ingredients into your heavy duty mixer (I have a Bosch and LOVE it!) in the order listed (except the 2 cups additional flour).

Knead on Speed 1, quickly adding in the additional flour until the dough pulls away from side of bowl. Then knead for 8 minutes on Speed 2.

Remove dough, divide into 5 loaves, and place in greased pans to rise. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm oven for about 30-45 minutes or until double in size (I turn the oven on for a few minutes to warm it up and then turn it off. I then place the bread pans in the oven with the oven light on to rise.) Don’t allow the bread to rise too long. When the bread starts to come above the top of the pans it is time to turn the oven on and start to bake the loaves. The loaves will continue to rise some as they bake, so don’t make the mistake of getting them as high as you want the finished loaf to be before starting to bake them!

When bread is done rising, remove towels covering pans, turn oven on to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 minutes or until tops and sides of bread are brown. Remove from pans and let cool completely before storing. This bread freezes well too!

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    1. Hi Megan, You need to check your manual that came with the mixer. It should give you an idea of how many cups of flour the mixer will mix. You'll have to use a dough hook too. I think you may need to half the recipe in your mixer. The Bosch is meant to handle huge batches, much more than a typical mixer. I hope that helps!
  1. Hi I am new to grinding my own berries and baking bread and your recipe looks really good. I keep g=having loaves that don't rise well. I am using soft white, may be that is why?? Could you tell me what to do to make this in a bread machine please? Thank you!!
    1. Hi Margie, I think you need to use the hard white wheat because I has more gluten to help it rise. The soft white wheat is better for quick breads, cookies, cakes, etc. As far as making this in your bread machine, I would compare it to a recipe that came with your bread machine, then just scale it down so the ingredients amounts are comparable. Hope that helps!
  2. Sheri, Hello I am checking in to getting a wheat grinder. Could you recommend a good one. Also I should have asked my question different about the flour. :) I meant do you have a recommendation for the wheat berries in bulk. Thank you Wendi
    1. Hi Wendi! I get my wheat berries from Azure Standard (www.azurestandard.com). You'll have to go on their site and see if they have a drop point near you. If not, check around and see if you have any health food store or bulk foods store that might carry wheat berries. You get better prices if you can buy them in 50 lb. bags. As far as grain mills, I started out with a Kitchen Mill, then bought a Nutrimill. The Kitchen Mill worked great but was not as easy to use. I would recommend the Nutrimill. It works great and is so easy to use! Hope that helps!
  3. Hi! What size pans to you use? I have 2 different sized loaf pans, and want to make sure that make my bread in the right side. Also, just made your whole wheat 2 step process bread and it was PERFECT!!!!! Also, Jocelyn's comment on the salt - if you went with a flat tablespoon for 5 loaves, that computes to 2/3's of a teaspoon of salt per loaf, so not as much as one might think! Have a blessed day!
    1. Hi Becca, My pans are: 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches. Hope that helps! And yes, when you realize the salt is spread out over 5 loaves of bread, it really isn't that much. Glad you liked the 2-stage process recipe too!
  4. I made a batch today and the bread was great. My oven didn't start to heat when I first turned it on (never had that happen before!) so I think it rose a little too long (the bread flattened on top) but the texture and taste were still good. Thanks!
  5. Hi Sheri! I don't have a heavy duty mixer, so I wondered if the recipe could be cut in half?
    1. Hi Katrina, Yes you can! If you do that, you will have 2 1/2 loaves worth of dough. So...you can divide it into 2 to make to good sized loaves, or divide it in 3 and make smaller loaves. It should work fine though! Give it a try!
  6. Thanks for the recipe Sheri!!! I was wondering if this bread can be made without the salt or if I can reduce it???
    1. Hi Jocelyne, I'm sure you could reduce the salt some. Go ahead and give it a try and see how it tastes. I am assuming it may just affect the taste a little, but won't affect the texture, etc.
    2. Sherri, Is hard white wheat the same as 50/50 white wheat. Thank you, I love your site.
      1. Hi Wendi! Hard white wheat is the kind of wheat that I buy to grind up to make flour. It makes a lighter flour. You can use storebought flour and use half white flour and half wheat flour. That is fine and will work great. The white flour you buy in the store, though, is not the same thing as the hard white wheat I grind up to make flour. The white flour in the store has been processed and much of the fiber removed. So to answer your question, you can use part whole wheat, and part white flour in the bread recipe. Happy baking!
        1. Thank you! I am new to making wheat bread. I have only made white bread in the past. God bless you for sharing your talents and knowledge. Thank you for answering so quickly! Wendi
          1. I would love to be able to get the kind of flour similar to what you use. Can you suggest a resource for me. Do you have to order it? Or can I go to a store somewhere?
          2. As I said before, I grind my own wheat flour. That means that I buy 50 lb. bags of wheat berries and grind them in my grain mill to make the flour. I'm sure you could go to a health food store and buy fresh ground flour. It would be more expensive, but it would give you a chance to try it. Have fun!
          3. You are welcome Wendi! You will do great! I do want to mention that the wheat flour you buy in the store is different than the wheat flour that is freshly ground. I never had much luck making ALL whole wheat bread (no white flour) when using the storebought whole wheat flour. Once I got a grain mill and started buying my own wheat, that changed everything! The hard white wheat flour works very similar to storebought white flour..except MUCH better for you! Just thought I'd throw that in. :).

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