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Honey Wheat Bread (+video)

Honey Wheat Bread
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 is sweetened with honey.
Yield 2 (8×4-inch) loaves



  • 2 cups warm milk (115-120°F)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (115-120°F)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 (0.25oz each) packages (14g) or 4 1/2 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm milk, warm water, and honey. (Note: milk and water should be very warm, but not too hot to touch.) Stir in the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets foamy.
  • Add the whole wheat flour and mix it into the liquids using the paddle attachment, just until the flour is moistened. Let that mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  • Next, add in the salt, melted butter, and the bread flour. Using the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mix until combined, then continue kneading the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • Grease a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Turn dough over to coat all sides. Cover 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Shape dough into two loaves and place them in greased 8×4-inch 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 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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Review & Comments

Lisa A Lewis | Reply

Can you sub. honey powder for honey. If so what would the ratio be? As well i’m thinking you would have to add liquid to replace as well? Please advise. Thank you!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Lisa – Yes. I would suggest reconstituting the honey powder in 1/4 cup water and then adding it to the milk and sugar as stated in step 1.
Happy baking!

Ellen | Reply

Your instructions refer to bread flour, but the recipe lists whole wheat(?)

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Ellen,
This recipe uses both types of flour. The 3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour is added to the yeast mixture (noted in 2nd paragraph), and the 2 1/4 cups bread flour is added later with the salt and melted butter (3rd paragraph).

Happy baking!

lisa fouser | Reply


Do you have a bread machine adaptation for this recipe?


Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Lisa,
You can use a bread machine to make this recipe, just follow your bread machine recommendations for order of ingredients, liquid temperatures and bread cycle.
Happy baking!

Julie Wanek | Reply

Would this be considered 1 1/2 or 2 pound in bread machine?

Red Star Yeast |

Hi Julie,
A 2-lb bread machine has a 4 to 5 1/2 cup flour capacity, so this recipe would just fit in a 2-lb machine.
Happy baking!

Betsy Alkenbrack |

Can I substitute all-purpose flour for bread flour?

Red Star Yeast |

Hi Betsy – Bread flour is recommended, especially with the added whole wheat flour. You can substitute all-purpose flour, just keep an eye on our dough as you may need to adjust the liquid/flour ratio, kneading & rise times may vary, and final loaf volume may be smaller.
Happy baking!

Cheryl | Reply

What is the difference between the platinum yeast and the bread machine yeast?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Cheryl,
Bread Machine Yeast is an instant yeast ( We market our instant yeast as Quick Rise Yeast. The Platinum Superior Baking Yeast is a 2 in 1 product: instant yeast plus dough strengtheners (enzymes derived from wheat flour), improving the strength of the dough so that it traps more of the leavening being produced by the yeast. This results in a better oven spring and volume in the finished product.
Also note, any of our yeast products can be used in a bread machine.
I hope you will find this information helpful.
Happy baking!

Shan | Reply

I would like to know if I can use your instant yeast instead of the platinum? I have the instant yeast on hand. Thank you for a great website.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Shan,
Yes, you can use our Quick Rise Yeast. Platinum is also an instant yeast.
Happy baking!

Loree | Reply

5 stars
This recipe makes a lot of bread. I halved it and still ended up with 2 4×8 loaves. It was Awesome ????

Linda Wood | Reply

4 stars
Can I use Bread flour or All Purpose instead of whole wheat flour? Love the white bread. Made for holidays and all my family love the bread & dinner rolls I made. Really love the fact it doesn’t take two days anymore to make homemade bread.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Linda,
Yes, we would recommend using bread flour as it is a stronger flour better suited to yeast breads. Keep in mind that the liquid amount, kneading, and rising times may need to be adjusted for the flour. Just keep any eye on your dough.
You could also try one of our white bread recipes:
Happy baking!

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