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If you’re looking for a simple homemade bread with wholesome ingredients, this Honey Wheat Bread is it. It uses a combination of whole wheat and white flour, and it’s sweetened with honey.
Thank you to Red Star Yeast for partnering with us for this recipe. As always, all opinions are our own.
It’s been too long since we’ve made a loaf of homemade bread in our house. With summer heat gone and cooler temperatures blowing in, I’m ready to bake. This Honey Wheat Bread is Maddie’s favorite and she gets so excited when she sees me pull out that whole wheat flour!
So what do we love so much about this bread?
We LOVE Red Star Platinum Baking Yeast. We find that this type of yeast makes our baked goods rise better and have a fluffier texture than other yeast. If you are having trouble getting your homemade bread to turn out beautifully, try this yeast! This recipe calls for 2 packages of Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast. Make sure that your yeast is fresh for the best results!
As you’ll see in the video, we use our stand mixer to knead the dough, but if you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use your hands. But the best option? If you have a bread machine, add the ingredients according to the bread machine instructions and set it to “dough” setting. Then take it out and bake it as our recipe states. It’s so easy to mix the dough in the bread maker.
This honey wheat bread dough needs to rise twice: once right after mixing and once after you get the dough divided into bread pans. We cover our bowl or pans with a towel and then place them in a warm place. I like to turn on the oven to the lowest temperature setting for a minute or two to heat it slightly. Then turn off the oven and place the bowl with the bread dough inside. Close the oven door and allow the bread dough to rise. *Just be sure to turn off the oven so the dough doesn’t bake.*
If it is sunny you can place the bowl on the counter or table in a spot of sun.
This recipe is slightly versatile as far as what type of flour you use. We made it with a mixture of whole wheat flour and white bread flour. If you’d like, you can exchange the white flour with whole wheat white flour. Or you can use all wheat flour. The more wheat flour you use, the more of a dense, heavy loaf you’ll get. But with the combination here, you’ll end up with a soft honey wheat bread recipe.
This bread makes excellent toast. There’s nothing like a piece of bread to start your day, especially when you can put some apple butter or cherry preserves on it. Whatever kind of jelly or jam you happen to have in your fridge, pull it out. Or skip the jelly and use honey, peanut butter or even a hazelnut spread.
Having trouble with your bread? Read all about how to get the perfect loaf of bread here.
I have been searching for the perfect sandwich bread recipe for years, and I think this one is it! I made this bread today, but time got away from me and I think I let it rise too long because it collapsed in the oven. Other than being really really small, the texture and flavor is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!
My husband prefers wheat bread and I’m trying to make less-processed foods in our home. After lots of research and recipe comparisons, I selected this bread to try – that was a year ago and many many batches! This recipe works perfectly and I’ve not had a bad loaf yet. Rather than cover with a towel when rising, I use Saran Wrap with a spritz of oil/cooking spray as it keeps the bread from sticking. If I’m low on milk I’ll use the powdered variety or diluted half and half. Has a good flavor and texture, even after freezing. Highly… Read more »
Is the dough thick enough for it to be free standing loaves as opposed to a Bread tin
I have never made bread before but I have wanted to for some time. I love honey wheat and decided to give your recipe a try. It turned it Amazing! I am so happy! Thank you for the clear instructions and yummy recipe. I can’t wait to try different breads!
I only have instant yeast on hand, can I use that and skip all the foaming and bubbling? 😉 Will it affect the taste or texture?
This looks to yummy! I am going to tr parchment paper next time I bake bread. I can never get it out of the pan cleanly. Great idea!
This is my 4th batch of this bread. I use my KitchenAid mixer and it always turns out perfectly. Everyone loves it and it is wonderful toasted with butter and honey.
This was so easy to make. Turned out delicious.
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S AMAZING SO FLUFFY, SOFT, AND GOOD, I WANT MORE, IT’S SWEET BREAD, AND I HAD 10 PIECES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just made this bread and my whole family loves it! It’s light and fluffy and smelled amazing while baking. One loaf is already almost gone as they each had two pieces immediately. Thanks for the recipe-
My daughter and I made this delicious bread along with homemade butter. So yummy!
A little too salty, but otherwise a very good recipe. I only used 1.25 cups whole wheat flour, and the rest bread flour since my family doesn’t like super wheat-y breads. Thanks!
I’ve been baking bread for many years. I decided to try a new recipe today. This was a real dud. The first rise was fine. After placing into bread pans, no rise at all. Made two shorter-than-the-bread-pan loaves with hard crust. The flavor is non-existent. Definitely no honey flavor. I’ll stick with my own recipe.
Hey there! I am planning on making rolls rather than loaves but am new to bread making any suggestions on cook time for rolls?
We ended up taking this recipe a step further and we ground our own wheat from long-term food storage. The results were great: https://www.shtfblog.com/chefs-banquet-baking-bread-with-hard-red-wheat/