Round Whole Wheat Loaves Recipe
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Round Whole Wheat Loaves Recipe

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Honey lends a mildly sweet taste to this hearty golden brown bread that everyone enjoys. For holidays, Mom often formed the dough into crescent rolls that baked up beautifully.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 153 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flours; set aside. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, honey, salt and eggs. Beat in half of the flour mixture until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour mixture to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into round loaves. Place each loaf on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 35 minutes.
  4. With a sharp knife, make a deep X in top of each piece of dough. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks; brush with melted butter. Cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Round Whole Wheat Loaves in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p35

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habenaroman User ID: 7905288 225717
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"Tasted wonderful. Did not like the texture; reminiscent of cornbread."

marteldann User ID: 49794 59729
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"This is one of my favorite whole wheat bread recipes. Great with soup or toasted!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 111822
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"This is really good. I don't usually like wheat bread but I think the honey adds a lot of flavor."

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