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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread

I love whole wheat bread, but Josh isn't a huge fan. He loves it for toast or a BLT, but prefers white bread for his other sandwiches. He claims most whole wheat bread is too dense. I do buy white bread for Josh because I let him eat what he wants, but of course I prefer we both eat healthy:)

When we were in Colorado the friends we were staying with had a couple loaves of homemade whole wheat bread. Josh tried it and loved it. I was amazed, he said he would even use it for sandwich bread if I made it. So of course I snagged the recipe.

We ran out of bread this week and since I am trying to spend
$100 on groceries/food this month, it was time to make our own. The recipe makes two big loaves and is really easy. My KitchenAid did most of the work:)

I was nervous it wouldn't turn out as good as our friends, but it did! I love that the recipe calls for ALL whole wheat flour. It also has a little vital wheat gluten, which adds protein and improves the texture and elasticity of the dough. This bread has a very nice texture, it is light, fluffy and all whole grain. It is perfect for toast and sandwiches.

I am glad Josh likes this bread. I will be making our own every day bread from now on.

Penny Pinching Pantry Raid Update
I haven't spent any money this week so I am still at $8.28. I am running low on produce so I will have to make a grocery run this week. I can't live without fresh fruits and veggies. I will shop the sales though:)

Some of you are probably wondering what we are eating, I promise we are eating well. Breakfast is oatmeal for me and cereal for Josh. I've always packed our lunches, so that hasn't changed. For dinner, we are using more of our freezer and pantry food. It is actually fun being creative with what we have. So far the challenge is going well!

Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Stouts' recipe

(Printable Recipe)

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 T vital wheat gluten (find it at Whole Foods, Bob's Red Mill, King Arthur, etc.)
2 packets of yeast (I used rapid rise)
2 1/2 cups warm water

In a large mixing bowl (preferably a KitchenAid), add the 3 cups flour, wheat gluten, and yeast. Stir. Add in warm water and stir until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes.

1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 T lemon juice
1 T salt
3 1/2-4 cups whole wheat flour

Mix the oil, honey, lemon juice, and salt in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture after the 10 minutes. Mix until combined. Add in the additional flour and mix. Now knead the dough for ten minutes with the dough hook. When it is done divide the dough into two loaves. Make sure they are even. Shape them into loaf form. Place the dough into 2 loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After the loaves have risen, bake them for 30 minutes. They should be golden brown. Let cool before slicing, if you can wait:) You can freeze one of the loaves if you wish.

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Blogger Beth (jamandcream) said...

My hubby is a white bread man - but Im trying to convert him! Looks very profressional. I might just have to try the recipe in my Kitchenaid

5:48 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I am definitely going to have to try this...I've been looking for a good whole wheat bread recipe!

5:52 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Lovely-looking bread! Nothing is better than homemade bread -- the smell alone!!!

I'm so impressed with your $100 goal - please keep us posted! I'd love to know all about how you do it.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful bread! Can I have a slice, please?



6:15 AM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

This is my kinda bread Marie...brilliant! Love it!! Good luck on the challenge.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Your bread looks easy and delicious! This is the first time I've seen lemon juice in a bread recipe. I'll have to give it a try!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

Beautiful loaf! Whole wheat bread can be dry and dense, and it's always great to find a recipe that has whole grain goodness and the perfect texture - looks like you have a winner!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Creative Classroom Core said...

I am always looking for good whole wheat bread recipes, as I make our own bread all the time. This sounds like a great one! Bookmarked!

6:22 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

My kids always complain about having to eat whole wheat bread but maybe they will like it if I make this. Great recipe!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

Sounds great! I have been wanting to make my own bread but just haven't done it yet. I am so inspired and impressed by your $100 challenge! Great work!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Maria! $100 for the whole month!! I am trying to only spend $120/week for 5. It is the fruits and veggies that get us since we eat so much of that in the summer-from a local fruit stand that I love. Plus having kids home all day, they can eat so much!

Your bread loaf is perfect! It is so nice to have a good bread recipe!

6:38 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Its always good to find a whole wheat bread recipe that isn't like cardboard

6:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love the photo! so nicely composed! :)

6:54 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO that is great that he liked it :) I can't wait to try this!!! Darn I brought my box of vital wheat gluten over to John's... so this will have to wait until I go over there. Darn I want to make this tonight!! :D

6:58 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I love whole wheat bread and this looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it out.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Actually I'm with Josh (is it a guy thing?)-- I find wheat bread dry and tasteless. However, I am liking this recipe- with the canola oil and honey. Healthy and delicious! :)

7:12 AM  
Blogger ErinsFoodFiles said...

I'll have to try this! I made Light Wheat Bread, and loved it. (Even though I couldn't get my SO to eat ANY of it, other than a bite) Also, I need your bread knife and slicing skills!!

7:23 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I prefer white over wheat, for the same reason as Josh. But since I know wheat is healthier, I always eat that instead.

Your loaf looks perfect!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Well, that bread looks about as perfect as can be! Lovely crumb, too!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Your bread looks wonderful, Maria. Save a piece for me, please.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

omg yummmmm this looks so yummy! I would seriously eat this all day everyday!

8:08 AM  
Blogger grace said...

that looks like a perfect loaf of bread. great color, great texture, great density. nicely done!
and keep up the great work in the grocery challenge--that's outstanding!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I cannot wait to try this, but I have one question. The ingredients says 3 cups flour, but then the direction say 3 1/2. I just want to make sure I do it right, cause I really want it to turn out! Thanks!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Rebecca-Thanks for catching my typo. I made the change on the post. It is 3 cups of flour. Later on you add 3 1/2 to 4 cups. Let me know if you try it.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

This sounds like a pretty awesome challenge! I don't have enough items in my pantry to do it, but I've been trying to spend less on grocery items since I have a tendency to splurge. This bread looks so good and if you converted your husband, maybe I can convert my parents...

9:45 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Sounds delicious. Just checking if this only needs one short rise. Also, would the recipe change if you didn't use Rapid Rise yeast? Thanks!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

That bread looks delicious!!!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

D-Yes, the bread only rises once, for 30 minutes in the loaf pans. I was surprised at how big they got. The recipe makes 2 huge loaves. I used rapid rise because that is what we had, but you can use regular yeast.

10:44 AM  
Blogger The Double Dipped Life said...

This looks divine! I'll have to try it! Hi from a fellow SLC gal!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

This looks so good! I'm glad the challenge is going well for you, too. Keeping this recipe to try!

11:12 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I like wholewheat bread and my husband likes rye. The only white bread we both like are nice rustic Italian or French loaves. I used to love making ww bread, but because he's not into it, I haven't made it in years.

Your efforts to stay on a budget are impressive. I think I spend more than that in a week. I did have fun last year cleaning out my own pantry and seeing what I could make with what I already had an excess of. I should see what's in my pantry and do that again.

11:29 AM  
Blogger jenniferhoiyin said...

I've been making our own bread for a few months now and I love it! It's my great excuse for hub to not eat that darn white pillow bread anymore, and he likes it too. glad I'm not alone in that situation :)

it looks great I will definitely try your recipe. The jam looks delish too. And keep it up with the budgeting thing! I'm sore impressed.

11:30 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Wow Maria, this looks perfect! How did you do that? lol. I need to get moving on making more bread!

11:34 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Your loaf looks perfect! Great job.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I love homemade ww bread..your bread turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

12:40 PM  
Blogger La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I love whole wheat bread, especially homemade. Looks delicious.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

Lemon juice? Really? Hmm... Never seen one like that... Kudos on finding a WW bread he likes though!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

My kids have only ever had wheat bread. I love it. The lemon juice (or vinegar works) is supposed to be great for breads, too. I will definitely try this one!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

looks amazing, especially with that jam!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I adore homemade bread and it isn't difficult to make. Certainly much cheaper than buying a loaf at the store!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

That's a gorgeous 100% ww bread! It's difficult to make bread only with ww, but the vital gluten helps. I'm glad Josh liked this one, I'm sure I would too!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Special K said...

I LOVE adding millet seeds to this to make a little crunchy!
I am a carb fanatic!

Have you checked out my giveaway for superfood vegan raw bars yet?

4:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That bread sound so healthy and looks so rich and soft. I'm just stopping by to let you know I have an award waiting for you on my blog. Cheers!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

The texture looks great on this bread! Light and fluffy - love the honey in it!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Sounds like a great challenge! We always spend way too much on groceries, a reality check would probably be healthy...mmmaybe next month. :)

9:50 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oops, hit post too soon! Meant to add that the whole wheat bread looks great! I love homemade bread and will have to bookmark this one.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

love homemade bread :)

10:03 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I really need to make my own bread. Your whole wheat looks delicious (especially smothered in jam).

11:19 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

1) thank you for this recipe! My kids (except my health-nut daughter) prefer white bread like Josh. I am always searching for a good recipe :)

2) Thanks for the link on the penny pinching raid. Funny, I'm not participating but I might as well have been! I've been doing the same as you this week, but out of sheer necessity with work going slowly. Luckily I have a freezer full of meat, but it's the eggs, milk, bread and produce that run out constantly :-P

This is a great thrifty post, you should come by my blog and add the link to Thrifty Thursday! Usually you are supposed to have a link back to TT from your post, but who cares, go ahead and add it, it's great info :)

4:12 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

My hubby loves white bread too. Maybe I could convert him with this recipe?
It looks fabulous.
Great job on the challenge!

5:01 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

New to your blog... love it! This bread seems great... did you use whole wheat flour from the store or wheat you grind yourself??

5:20 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

I much prefer brown bread but hubby is still likes his white bread! Your bread looks wonderful I could just eat a slice with a spread of butter mmmm

5:51 AM  
Blogger Poorni Pillai said...

The wheat bread looks so perfect- no spots, cracks, nothing! Wow.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Amanda-Glad you are doing the challenge without even knowing it:)

Megan-Thanks for visiting. I used whole wheat flour from the store. We don't have a wheat grinder, but I want to get one.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Great job so far on the $100 challenge! My hubby would love this bread... my mom is a bread baker, and he always loves when she brings fresh bread for him. I will give this a try - especially because I can use the KitchenAid mixer :)

7:18 AM  
Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

Looks delicious! I always add vital wheat gluten when I use all whole wheat flour; it makes a huge difference. Sigh, wish I had a kitchenAid. That might be my next big kitchen purchase (but only when I finally get the house done!)

8:14 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Kalyn-I can't believe you don't have a KA. Yes, make that your next purchase. I can't wait to see your house!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm love honey whole wheat bread- so delicious. Josh and I both love having homemade bread in the house. Hope you're doing well/feeling well

8:55 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That bread looks wonderful!

$100 for groceries for a month? WOW!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

So funny - I was just in the supermarket trying to decide between buying honey whole wheat bread or regular ... I was comparing everything - fiber content, ingredient list, etc. I went with the whole wheat. But after reading this post, I wish I went for the honey! That looks so good!

11:36 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I agree, homemade whole wheat is vastly superior to what the grocery stores have to offer. Nice loaf!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I have been looking for healthy recipes. I will try it out!

4:50 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh this looks so good! my husband and i talk a lot about how we should just start making our own bread to save a bit of money. thank you for telling us where you got your vital wheat gluten, i haven't been able to find it anywhere!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Beautiful bread!!!! Nothing compares to fresh homemade bread! The labor, smell, taste!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Frieda Loves Bread said...

Yay! Another Utah bread baker! I found your site through the Hive...I look forward to reading your posts and trying out the recipes.
btw, have you tried using White Wheat? Walmart sells a Montanna Gold Praire flour that makes a really great loaf of wheat bread!

12:15 AM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

I tried a no knead whole wheat bread and was pretty disappointed by it so I'm really excited to see yours! And happy it's 100% whole wheat. Can't wait to try it. It looks delicious!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

We usually eat whole wheat bread, but I usually buy it! I need to try making some of this - it looks fantastic!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Wow Maria this bread is a huge hit, I keep seeing it pop up on different blogs! I made this and everyone loves it. Mine deflated RIGHT before I put it in the oven GRRRR, I am not sure why. I am going to make it again, hopefully this time it won't drop like that. I like how Noble Pig added egg white wash to the crust to make it shiny :)

4:26 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thanks for posting the recipe! I made the bread this morning and it turned out great!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Me and My Pink Mixer said...

I made this bread today and it is so good. I used my Kitchenaid, which really made it easy. Thanks for a great recipe

7:34 PM  
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