Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
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Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

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I'm 12 years old and make this bread with my mother, who got the recipe from her mother. I usually make the dough, and my mom bakes it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 168 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm water. Add the oil, sugar, molasses, salt and remaining water. Combine flours; add 3 cups flour to mixture. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a firm 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 each portion into a loaf. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices).
Originally published as Whole Wheat Bread in Country June/July 2002, p49

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kjh34 User ID: 7299128 35516
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"This bread was a huge success! My husband has been asking for wheat bread so I tried this recipe and it is now a family favorite. I used my bread machine , using the dough cycle, which made my bread making so much easier! Great recipe, I would highly recommend!"

NinaH User ID: 1380840 133648
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"I work at 2 camps, one is a boy's camp and the other a family camp, I have made this bread multiple times with great results every time! They all love it, it stays so moist!"

middjett User ID: 7818954 38569
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"Very tasty. I did make a few changes though....

I used 1/2 C. oil and 1/4 butter melted. I added 4Tbsp. non-fat dry powdered milk. Also I cut the salt down to 2 tsp.,
and I added to the flour: 3 Tbsp. ground flax seed, 3 Tbsp. 10 grain cereal, and 2 Tbsp. gluten. (no one here has any allergies so i can do that). I DID NOT mix the flours together, and glad I didnt. I put the whole wheat flour in a bowl, added 2 Cups A.P. flour and the remaining dry ingredients in the recipe along with the added extras I put in. Then after I added the liquid ingredients and mixed it up real well, I slowly added more A.P. flour to form the dough. I did not need all the 5 1/5 cups A.P. flour.
I ended up baking for 40 minutes, AND I got three 5"x11" loaves.
Defiantly a keeper."

SeranaJayne User ID: 7251558 61575
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Amazing bread! Rose a lot! Huge loaves."

kindlefoster User ID: 1762472 107308
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Excellent great texture and flavor. I only needed to use 6 1/2 cups of mixed flour."

louiseafox User ID: 1479904 56496
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"This makes excellent bread, we had it tonight with turkey soup and it was a big hit. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It was easy to make and I like the fact that it makes two loaves, one is never enough."

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 79314
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"This a great bread. Its good tasting and full of flaver. I`m not a baker as a rule but this was good the first time I tried it."

faye_100 User ID: 800026 204931
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"I was looking for a good whole wheat bread recipe an this is great made a few changes, added bran, flax seed an more whole wheat flour. my husband an I love it"

Mrs. Minton User ID: 6851514 128609
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"I make this recipe at least once a week! I have added 1/4 cup each of wheat germ, sunflower kernels (unsalted), flax meal and flax seed. I did not alter the amount of flour. This gives it a yummy nutty flavor and I love the benefits of the added nutrients and fiber. It is an excellent sandwich bread and makes awesome french toast. GOOD Stuff!"

nickheather User ID: 2604153 133541
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"We loved this bread!! It is so moist. I am making it again today. :)"

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