Are you looking for a delicious whole wheat bread recipe that comes out perfect every time? You have finally found it!
I LOVE bread! When I was growing up, everyday at about 7 pm, my dad would arrive home from work after making a stop at the local bakery, bringing at least 3 different kinds of fresh bread. EVERYDAY! Is it any wonder I still crave bread every evening?
In my husband’s family their experience with bread was a bit different. Every Friday my mother-in-law would make a fresh batch of whole wheat bread and soup for their special Friday evening meal. As a teen, I had the privilege to participate in that family tradition several times. Years later, when I got married, I was eager to make it my own.
There was only one problem, my culinary abilities are no match for my mother-in-law’s and I could never get her recipe for whole wheat bread just right. For some strange reason, I would always end up with heavy, crusty bread that became rock hard the next day. My version of the bread was certainly nothing like the perfect slices of goodness she baked.
Since I was determined to continue the soup and bread tradition at our home, I set out in search of a bread recipe that I couldn’t mess up. At first my prospects were not very promising, until one day I stumbled upon this honey-whole wheat bread recipe in the back of a flour package.
From that day on, all my bread problems were over. Although I don’t think my culinary abilities have improved that much, I have been making this recipe frequently for about 6 years now and can honestly say it comes out PERFECT every time.
Would you like to try it?
Gold Medal(TM) Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Ingredients (2 loaves/3 hours):
- 2 packages of regular active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp)
- 1/4 cup of warm water (105-115 F)
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of margarine
- 1 Tbs of salt
- 2 1/2 cup of very warm water (120-130 F)
- 4 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
- In a small bowl or mug dissolve yeast in warm water; set aside
- In a large bowl, mix honey, butter, salt and very warm water; cool for 5 minutes
- Add 3 cups of whole wheat flour to cooled honey mixture and beat with electric mixer at medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently until moistened.
- Beat in remaining 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and dissolved yeast.
- Knead with all our purpose flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of the bowl. (I have found that the best time to stop is when dough is still a little bit sticky to your hands)
- Place dough in a buttered bowl and let it rise for 45 minutes.
- Punch down the dough to deflate and divide it in two.
- Stretch (with a rolling pin or by hand) each piece and roll to shape dough.
- Place dough into greased loaf pans and let it rise for another 45 minutes.
- Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes then reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes
- (optional) Use a brush to butter the top.
You can find the Nutritional Facts here.
Every Friday afternoon, the sweet smell of fresh baked bread fills our house reminding us of our special family time arriving in the evening. My kids really enjoy this tradition and look forward to it every week. As often as we can, we also try to invite friends to join us for this special meal and send a loaf home with them too.
Do you like this recipe? Would you like to see more like it? Let me know in the comments below.