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Whole Wheat Honey Bread

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Whole Wheat Honey Bread
Out of all the recipes in our collection, Whole Wheat Honey Bread, best known as Honey of a Whole Wheat Bread, is our most requested recipe.

  • ⅓ cup Milk
  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 1 TBSP Oil
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • ⅔ cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1⅓ cup Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1+1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast


  • 3 TBSP Water
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 2 TBSP Oil
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1½ tsp Salt
  • 2¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast


  • ⅓ Cup Water
  • ⅔ cup Milk
  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 3 TBSP Oil
  • 6 TBSP Honey
  • 1⅓ cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2⅔ cups Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBSP Active Dry Yeast

  1. Have liquid ingredients at 80º F and all others at room temperature. Place ingredients in pan in the order listed. Select basic cycle and medium/normal crust. Do not use the delay timer. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. Remove bread when cycle is finished; cool. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.


  1. Using ingredient amounts listed for medium loaf, combine yeast, 1 cup bread flour, and salt. Combine liquids, except egg, and heat to 120º to 130º F.

Hand-Held Mixer Method

  1. Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. By hand, stir in whole wheat flour and enough remaining bread flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional bread flour if necessary.

Stand Mixer Method

  1. Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Add egg; beat 1 minute. Gradually add whole wheat flour and remaining bread flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.

Food Processor Method

  1. Have all ingredients at room temperature. Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add egg and liquid ingredients. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding whole wheat flour and remaining bread flour until dough forms a ball.


  1. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14- x 7-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and taper ends to seal. Place in greased 9- x 5- inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. Bake in preheated 375º F oven 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool.

  2. *You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry yeast. When using Instant yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use ½ tsp Instant yeast OR ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 170 Total Fat: 3.5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 30g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 300mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 20mg


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  2. I can’t thank you guys enough. This is the 3rd time I try your recipes(everything i have tasted is simply amazing)and the First time that I try your home made bread recipes. I am SO proud of me because for the first time, I have actually made bread in the oven with great success. I have been using a bread machine for a few years with really good results, but the ever elusive trick to make bread from the oven has always eluded me. I now know why I had so many problems. Your helpful advice was the info i needed. Thank you so much!!..

  3. This recipe was in the Red Star Centennial Sampler… I have used the Honey of a Whole Wheat recipe for more than 25 years. So glad to find it online to share.

  4. Finally! This is the best honey wheat bread I’ve made so far. The texture is PERFECT for sandwiches. Had searched for awhile to find a recipe that included egg, because it so greatly improves the texture. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Used dough cycle on my bread machine. Needed about 1 1/2 additional tablespoons of water, but that’s all. Punched down when doubled in size (which was BEFORE the end of my dough cycle). Shaped into loaf, did 2nd rise, then baked. Delicious.

  5. Have been making a lot of honey whole wheat bread lately, and your recipe sounds delicious. I have been kneading it in a stand mixer, which I love using. Cant wait to try this rec.

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