Honey Wheat Bread

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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 all-purpose flour, and it’s sweetened with honey.

When cooler temperatures are in the air, I’m ready to bake homemade bread and make chicken soup. The smell of fresh bread never gets old, and makes even a gray day brighter.

This Honey Wheat Bread is one of our favorites because it makes the softest bread, excellent with chicken salad or even made into baked french toast.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Barbara says, “This is my 4th batch of this honey whole wheat bread. I use my KitchenAid mixer and it always turns out perfectly. Everyone loves it and it is wonderful toasted with butter and honey.”

overhead view of sliced honey wheat bread

What you’ll love about this Honey Wheat Bread Recipe:

  • It’s soft. If you’re looking for a crispy crust, don’t bake this bread. If you want soft slices of bread perfect for sandwiches, this is your recipe. You won’t go back to store-bought bread.
  • It’s sweetened with honey. No white sugar in this recipe. This bread is lightly sweetened with honey. Use local honey if you can.
  • It’s egg free. If you can’t eat eggs, you’ll love this honey wheat bread recipe. It’s egg free but still has an amazing texture.
  • It makes 2 loaves of bread. Which is a good thing, since we devour one loaf immediately after it comes out of the oven. I blame the kids! 🙂
red star platinum yeast bread

Ingredients

  • Milk & water. A combination of both milk and water gives the richness and fluffy texture that you’ll love. 
  • Honey. Choose local honey if you can. We are bee keepers and use our own bee honey in this recipe. I wish I could share with you all! 
  • Yeast. I love Red Star Platinum baking yeast, but any instant yeast will work. Read our guide to baking with yeast if you’re new to yeast breads.
  • Whole wheat flour and bread flour. Whole wheat flour gives the nutty flavor that you love, while bread flour creates the structure that you know and love in a whole wheat sandwich bread. 
  • Salt and butter. For flavor and soft texture.

✨ See the recipe card for the full ingredient list and instructions. ✨

How to Make Honey Wheat Bread

  • Activate the yeast. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm milk, warm water, and honey. Sprinkle the yeast over top the liquids and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets foamy.
  • First mixing and rest. Add the whole wheat flour and mix it into the yeast mixture using the beater blade attachment just until the flour is moistened. Let that mixture rest for 10 minutes. 
  • Remaining ingredients and knead. Next, add in the salt, butter, and the bread flour. Using the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, beat the dough for 7-10 minutes on low speed. (If you don’t have a stand mixer you can knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface.)
  • First rise. Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a cloth and place the bowl in a warm place to allow the dough to rise. Let the dough rise until it is almost double in size.
  • Shape dough. Cut the risen dough into two equal pieces. Shape dough loaves and place in 2 greased 8×4″ bread pans. Cover the dough and let them rise in a warm place for another 20 minutes while the oven is heating to 350ºF.
  • Bake. Once, the oven is preheated, bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
a loaf of honey wheat bread in a loaf pan
  1. Brush with butter. For the softest crust, brush the top of the loaf with butter while it is still warm. Remove the bread from the loaf pan and place it on a cooling rack.
butter brushing over a loaf of honey wheat bread
a piece of honey wheat bread sitting on a cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a bread maker for this recipe?

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 soft dough in the bread maker!

Where do you put bread dough to rise?

This homemade bread recipe needs to rise twice: once right after mixing and once after you get the dough divided into bread pans. If your house is warm enough, room temperature may be fine. In cooler weather, place the bowl in a warm place. Here’s a complete article on how to help dough to rise.

Can I use all whole wheat flour in this recipe?

This recipe is versatile as far as what type of flour you use. Exchange the white flour with white whole wheat 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 in the recipe card below, you’ll end up with a soft honey wheat bread recipe.

Having trouble with your bread? Read all about how to get the perfect loaf of bread here.

a slice of honey wheat bread on a cutting board
a slice of honey wheat bread on a cutting board

Honey Wheat Bread

4.66 from 80 votes
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 all-purpose flour for the softest bread.
Servings 20 servings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups warm milk (115-120 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (115-120 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 packages Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm milk, warm water, and honey. Sprinkle the yeast over top the liquids and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets foamy. 2 cups warm milk, ¼ cup warm water, ¼ cup honey, 2 packages Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast
  • Add the whole wheat flour and mix it into the yeast mixture using the beater blade attachment just until the flour is moistened. Let that mixture rest for 10 minutes. 3 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • Next, add in the salt, butter, and the bread flour. Using the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, beat the dough for 7-10 minutes on low speed. (If you don’t have a stand mixer you can knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface.) 1 tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 ¼ cups bread flour
  • Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a cloth and place the bowl in a warm place to allow the dough to rise. Let the dough rise until it is almost double in size.
  • Cut the risen dough into two equal pieces. Shape dough loaves and place in 2 greased 8×4″ bread pans. Cover the dough and let them rise in a warm place for another 20 minutes while the oven is heating to 350ºF.
  • Once, the oven is preheated, bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
  • For the softest crust, brush the top of the loaf with butter while it is still warm. Remove the bread from the loaf pan and place it on a cooling rack.
  • Let the bread cool and slice to serve. Store any extra bread in an airtight container.

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Notes

  • If the weather or your house is warm, room temperature may be a warm enough place for the dough to rise.
  • Active dry yeast works in this recipe as well.
  • ​Test the yeast bread with an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature should be 190ºF.
  • Want a shinier, more golden crust? Add an egg wash. Read our guide to the best bread washes.
  • Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
  • The calories shown are based on each bread loaf being cut into 10 slices, with 1 serving being 1 slice of bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. **

Nutrition

Serving: 69g | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 154
Keyword bread with honey, homemade bread recipe, how to make bread, wheat bread recipe, whole wheat bread

 

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Kristen
1 year ago

5 stars
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!

Jilliannie
3 years ago

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 »

H M
3 years ago

Is the dough thick enough for it to be free standing loaves as opposed to a Bread tin

Anonymous
9 years ago

5 stars
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!

Jen
9 years ago

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?

Barbara
11 months ago

5 stars
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.

Kathy
1 year ago

5 stars
This was so easy to make. Turned out delicious.

Adeline Curtin
1 year ago

5 stars
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S AMAZING SO FLUFFY, SOFT, AND GOOD, I WANT MORE, IT’S SWEET BREAD, AND I HAD 10 PIECES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fluteshark
1 year ago

4 stars
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!

Nancy Campbell
1 year ago

5 stars
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-

Mimi
3 years ago

5 stars
My daughter and I made this delicious bread along with homemade butter. So yummy!

Kerry
3 years ago

Is it really a tablespoon of salt? That seems kind a lot for two loaves

hannah
3 years ago

4 stars
turned out really pretty and made the whole house smell amazing. it was much too salty for my taste though… i used the full tablespoon and it was too much. maybe the type of salt matters?? regardless, texture was perfect and it was a warm milky bread.

My name here
2 months ago

What kind of salt? Kosher or table salt? I made this quite some time ago and it turned out well, and I was reviewing the recipe with plans to make it again, but I can’t recall which type of salt I used and that can make a huge difference in the taste of the final product.

Sally
4 months ago

5 stars
I’ve been trying various whole wheat bread recipes for the last few months. This is by far the best tasting. Will be making again. Thank you!