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 white flour, and it’s sweetened with honey.

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How to Make Honey Wheat Bread

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!

Soft Honey Wheat Bread Recipe

So what do we love so much about this bread?

  • 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 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 easy bread recipe. It’s egg free but still has an amazing texture.
  • It makes 2 loaves. Which is a good thing, since we devour one loaf immediately after it comes out of the oven. I blame the kids! 🙂

A loaf of bread sitting on top of a wooden cutting board

What is the best yeast for 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!

red star platinum yeast packets

Can I use a bread maker to knead the dough?

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.

Where do you put bread dough to rise?

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.

What flour combination is best for wheat bread?

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.

brushing butter on a loaf of bread

Wheat Toast

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.

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the best homemade wheat bread

Honey Wheat Bread

4.58 from 50 votes
If you're looking for a simple homemade bread with wholesome ingredients, this is it. It uses a combination of whole wheat and white flour, and it's sweetened with honey.
Servings 20 servings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

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.
  • Add the whole wheat flour and mix it into the liquids using the beater blade attachment just until the flour is moistened. Let that mixture sit for 10 minutes. 
  • Next, add in the salt, butter, and the bread flour. Using the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, beat the dough for 10 minutes. (If you don't have a stand mixer you can knead the dough by hand.)
  • Grease a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Cover the dough with a cloth and place the bowl in a warm place for the dough to rise. Allow the dough to rise until it is double in size.
  • Shape dough into two loaves and place them in greased 8x4" bread pans. Cover the dough and let them rise in a warm place for another 20 minutes or until they have a nice rise to them.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • For the softest crust, brush the top of the loaves with butter while they are still warm.
  • Allow the bread to cool and slice to serve.
  • Store any extra bread in an airtight container.

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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
Author Lizzy T
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 154
Keyword bread with honey, homemade bread recipe, how to make bread, wheat bread recipe

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Maricar
2 years ago

Hi, I am new to baking bread. I saw your honey wheat bread and wanted to try it coz it looks absolutely great! I was reading through the comments and my concern is overproofing the bread. Can you give me an approximate time how long the first rise should be, more or less? I know the rise is dependent on a lot of factors but if I have an idea, then it can maybe help me avoid the overproofing. Thank you!

Maj
2 years ago

Hi! I have Fleischmann’s instant yeast packet, how much should I use with this recipe? Directly to dry ingredients?

Angela Allen
2 years ago

5 stars
I’ve made this recipe many times now. For a while, when it was impossible to buy bread anyway because of the pandemic, I was baking two or three loaves a week. This is far superior to any honey wheat bread you can buy in the stores. It has a perfect crumb every time and a nice crust. It is perfect for sandwiches and toast. It is also ridiculously good still warm from the oven with butter.

Joyce
2 years ago

Can I halve this recipe?

Jilliannie
2 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 »

Kerry
2 years ago

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

BJ578
2 years ago

3 stars
Light, soft, moist crumb, but it tastes dry because it’s so bland. It could use another 1/2 cup honey or sugar. Not bad, but disappointing.

Mimi
2 years ago

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

Chrissy
2 years ago

4 stars
Too much salt

Sammy
1 year ago

5 stars
I’m not a baker and this bread turned out delicious!! I like a more dense bread so I used Just whole wheat flour . It turned out as good as o was hoping!

Gloria Moline
1 year ago

I didn’t use about 3/4 cup of the bread flour as my dough was too dry. The humidity is very low here so I’m guessing that’s why.

Derrick
1 year ago

5 stars
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/

Shelby Hiser
1 year ago

Hey there! I am planning on making rolls rather than loaves but am new to bread making any suggestions on cook time for rolls?

Birdy
1 year ago

1 star
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.

Kristen
8 months 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!