Recipe: Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)

Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread from 100 Days of Real FoodIt is no secret that I’ve been working to perfect a whole-wheat sandwich bread recipe for months now. I was not only looking for a recipe that was reliable and tasted good of course, but that also didn’t contain any “unusual” ingredients like dried milk powder or wheat gluten. We absolutely LOVE the honey whole-wheat loaf from Great Harvest, and if they can make it with only five simple ingredients (freshly ground whole-wheat flour, water, honey, salt & yeast) then I should be able to do it too!

So after months of experimenting I am thrilled to finally have something to share. And while this recipe comes out just right 9 times out of 10 I’ve learned that things can’t always be “perfect” when it comes to making bread in your bread machine. If you aren’t weighing your ingredients and instead just measuring them out like me, and if you live in a place where the humidity might change from time to time…well then, expect some occasional surprises with the outcome of your bread. I have learned one valuable trick though (from a blog reader!), and that is to check on the bread once or twice during the kneading process to make sure the dough looks “right.” I’ve caught mine looking too wet and sticky a couple times so I’ve added a few sprinkles of flour to get things back on track before the baking started. That’s exactly why the picture loaf looks a little “floury.”

I also want to share that this particular recipe makes a loaf that is on the larger side, which I like because then I don’t have to replenish our bread supply every two days. This loaf also comes out with a lighter crust due to its big size and that is a plus in my book as well. If you have any good bread making tips or recipes that you’d like to share please do so in the comments below!


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Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)
Serves: Makes 1 loaf
  • 4 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or melted butter)
  • 1 packet or 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
  1. Follow your bread machine’s directions for making a whole-wheat sandwich loaf. For me that means putting in the dry ingredients first with the wet ingredients on top. I have the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker and it takes the machine five hours to make this loaf.
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  • Comments

    1. Tia |

      I’m just learning to use a second hand bread machine I received as a gift, and heard that there is a certain type of yeast that’s better for bread machines. What kind do you use?

    2. stephanie |

      Hi! I want to try this recipe, but I don’t own a need machine. How would I go about making it without one?

    3. Leah |

      I’m sensitive to wheat and do not eat conventional wheat. I found some local pesticide-free/gmo-free/etc. whole wheat flour and made this recipe. Love the recipe and I didn’t have any sensitivities using the high quality flour.

    4. Stephen Gewirtz |

      I made this bread using a Zojirushi virtuoso bread machine, and it has come out great. The instructions for that bread machine say to add the water first, then the flour and other ingredients. Some tips I can give:

      The general rule for water temperature is 90 to 95 degrees.

      The easiest way to measure flour is by weight. I used 18 ounces.

      To get the right amount of olive oil and honey, use a two tablespoon measuring spoon. Measure and add the oil first, then measure and add two spoonfuls of honey (1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons). The little bit of oil remaining in the measuring spoon will cause the honey to slide out of the spoon without sticking. This is a tip I read in one of Peter Reinhart’s bread cookbooks.

      For yeast, I use SAF yeast that I get from King Arthur, and I measure it with a 2 and 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon that I got from King Arthur. This is such a common amount of yeast that King Arthur sells that size measuring spoon.

    5. Tim |

      Is there a substitute for olive oil that I can use for this receipt? Can flaxseed oil be used?

    6. Amy |

      Absolutely, just mix by hand. It is more of a workout! The stand mixer just gets the dough to come together quicker.

    7. Tasha |

      What setting should b used? Express? Whole wheat? Basic?etc……

    8. KATRINA |

      She says in the instructions “Follow your bread machine’s directions for making a whole-wheat sandwich loaf.”

      So please use the setting on YOUR bread maker for a whole wheat bread.

    9. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill) |

      Hi Mandy. You should let it rise twice and it’s generally about 30 minutes each time. Jill

    10. Erin |

      I found an oat bread recipe that looks like it would work for you:

      Here’s another gluten/dairy free recipe:

      Here’s a pizza dough:

      I haven’t tried these but did look at comments from people who did. Hope these help.

    11. Michelle |

      How do I improve on my slicing skills lol?? The bread tastes great, but I can’t slice it into nice enough slices for a sandwich…it is very soft in the middle. Help!!

    12. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hi Michelle. Good slicing takes practice and a really good bread knife! :) ~Amy

    13. Mary Ellen |

      Electric knife. It will create a sawing motion like that in the professional bakeries to slice the soft bread.

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