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Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

"I make this bread so often I have the recipe memorized. My kids love it for an after-school snack, but it’s great with soup, stew and more.” Nancy Brown - Dahinda, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 1-1/8 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the brown sugar, butter, salt, whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and turn onto a floured surface; shape into a loaf. Place in a 9x5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spay. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 129 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • Juan
    Jul 6, 2019

    Best recipe ever... my only recipe and will not change it... thank you!

  • Shirley Cunningham
    Oct 27, 2016

    I made three batches of this bread yesterday, it is awesome. Have tried others but the flavor is great. I gave most of it away. Everyone thought it was great. With one batch I ground up 2 teaspoons of Chia seeds and two teaspoons of Flax seeds, used that in place of the wheat flour. I made the rolls with that batch, I made 27 dinner rolls, I eat way to many but they were so good. My son and grandson wants me to teach them how to make bread, for sure this will be the one I show them. thanks for the recipe!

  • Harmony2117
    Sep 27, 2013

    This has just become my only bread recipe :). It's the perfect sandwich bread! Delicious and easy to make.

  • pngbear
    Oct 22, 2012

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  • jasonbourne3047
    Oct 29, 2011

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  • resnyder
    Feb 17, 2011

    I have found my new favorite breakfast food. This bread made into toast and spread with Nutella! Delicious!! I'll be making several loaves at a time and freezing them from now on!

  • Heth202
    Jan 31, 2011

    I always make and bake 4-6 loaves and freeze the extra.

  • Heth202
    Jan 31, 2011

    This is THE recipe I use. Everyone who I've given some to has asked for the recipe. I use extra wheat flour and have always used white bread flour.

  • cbhill
    Sep 19, 2010

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  • jlee6300
    Jul 19, 2010

    My whole family loves this bread! I have been making it every few days just so we have it on hand. I need to figure out how to make enough for two loaves; it's that good!