A simple Homemade Honey Wheat Bread recipe that can be made without a bread maker. Homemade sandwich bread is easy to make (and freeze) and can save you so much money at the grocery store!
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This simple homemade sandwich bread can be made for around $1.25-1.75 per loaf and is easily frozen. If you compare that with whole wheat sandwich bread at the store, the savings can be huge!
I have made all the mistakes over the years with baking whole wheat bread. Picture me hanging out in your kitchen, walking you step by step through the correct process. We’re in this together so that you can make your own amazing homemade bread!
If you’re low on yeast or want a recipe that doesn’t require kneading, check out this Easy No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread.
If you love delicious food, try using a day-old loaf of this bread for making Sage Sausage Stuffing.
What’s in this recipe:
- Whole wheat flour – I grind my own flour (nerd alert!), but you can also buy it from any grocery store or through Thrive.
- Vital wheat gluten – the key ingredient to make this fluffy and soft
- Yeast – I prefer active dry, but you can also use instant/rapid rise
- Sea/table salt
- Olive oil
How to Make Bread Rise in a Cold House
If your kitchen is cold, the ideal place for rising bread is on heat registers if your furnace is running (yes, I put bread pans on the floor!), or in front of a fireplace. You can also put it in your oven with the light on and the heat off.
In a pinch, I have turned the oven to the lowest temperature and waited until the preheat was over. After about 10 minutes, I put the mixing bowl or bread pans in there and closed the door to take advantage of the extra heat.
You can also rise bread dough in an Instant Pot using a glass lid! Drizzle a bit of olive oil into the Instant Pot insert and add the dough. Cover with the glass lid and press “yogurt” and adjust the time for 30 minutes.
How to Store Homemade Bread
We store each loaf in a gallon ziploc bag. We usually prefer reusable silicone bags for zero waste storage, but have yet to find one large enough to store a whole loaf of bread. For sustainability purposes, we do reuse the bags over and over, washing after it has held a few loaves.
Homemade bread will keep in an air-tight container at room temperature for five days. If you live in hot climates, you can store in the fridge for up to eight days.
How to Freeze Bread
We wrap each loaf in foil and then put them in jumbo freezer bags. You can fit two loaves per bag. We always have a few loaves stashed away as part of our freezer essentials.
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes
- If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can mix the dough by hand. Add the flour 1 cup at a time, and knead until the dough is easy to work with and pliable. And invest in tank tops because your arms are going to look A-MAZING!
- A reader let me know that she cut the recipe in half and proofed it in a bread maker on the dough setting for 90 minutes and had great results. I have not tested this myself, but love to offer options.
- Sub in 1/3 cup of white sugar if you don’t have access to or don’t consume honey because you follow a vegan diet.
- If you want to create a basic white bread recipe, replace the whole wheat with all-purpose or bread flour and leave out the vital wheat gluten. All measurements remain the same.
- I prefer metal, ceramic, or cast iron bread pans to glass. I find the glass prevents the bottom and sides of the bread from crisping up during baking.
- I purchase all my baking supplies and wheat berries for grinding in bulk from Azure Standard.
- Top with homemade jam like Low Sugar Strawberry Jam, Peach Freezer Jam, Low-Sugar Blackberry Jam, No Cook Raspberry Freezer Jam, or Strawberry Freezer Jam.
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Homemade Honey Wheat Bread
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the hot water and 1/3 cup honey. Stir to dissolve the honey. Add the yeast, and stir to combine.
- Set aside for about 30 minutes, or until the yeast has activated and more than tripled in size.
- Add the salt, olive oil, vital wheat gluten, and whole wheat flour to the proofed yeast.
- Using the bread hook on your mixer, mix the dough at speed "2" until it clings to the hook and almost all the dough is off the sides of the bowl. If the dough seems "shaggy" or is still sticking to the bowl, slowly add more whole wheat flour 1/4 cup at a time.
- Gather the kneaded dough into a ball. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the mixer bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil.
- Cover the bowl with a clean wet kitchen towel, and set aside until the dough has doubled in size (about ~1 hour). Rising time will depend on the temp in your house. (See cold house notes in post above)
- Once the dough has doubled in size, mix the dough again using the bread hook at speed "2" for about 30 seconds.
- Grease two 9x5 bread pans, paying special attention to the corners of the pan.
- Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, and break it in two equal pieces. Flatten out each portion.
- Like you're rolling a sleeping bag, take the long side of the dough and roll it up, tucking the short edges underneath to fit the length of the bread pan.
- Let the dough rise in the pans until doubled in size. Rise time will depend on the temp of your house. (See cold house notes in post above)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake both loaves at the same time for 35 minutes, or until the loaf makes a hollow sound if you "thump" the top of it.
- Remove the pans from the oven and let them cool in the pans on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then, remove the loaf from the pan and allow to fully cool on the baking rack.
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This recipe was originally published in June 2017. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post: