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

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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!

 

4.7 from 44 reviews
Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)
Serves: Makes 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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1,029 comments to Recipe: Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)

  • Sarah

    Will this recipe work the same if I half all of the recipe ingredients? I don’t think my bread maker will hold that much dough?

  • Angel

    Made this today and it’s half gone already so I’m guessing it’s good. :) My 10 and 8 year old have gobbled it up. It is different than what we’re used to so it takes a bit to get used to the ‘new’ whole wheat taste.!

    I spread coconut oil on it and dipped it in my carrot ginger soup that I made with coconut milk today. Heavenly. :)

    It is a bit dense but we like that so no complaints here.

    My bread machine has 3 raising cycles for whole wheat. I removed it before the last one and popped it in a bread pan then let it rise before baking it.

    I’m betting this will be a staple from now on.

  • Patty

    I have the same exact bread machine and I can never get wheat bread to come out right in it. I was excited to try this recipe today. I didn’t come out well either, bummer. I used the King Arthur white whole wheat flour. I just made white bread a couple of days ago with my Kitchen aide mixer and used the same yeast and it came out fine. We have central AC so not too humid in the kitchen.

    • Elisa

      Is the white wheat you are using soft white wheat? If so, you won’t have enough gluten to get a good rise. You need hard white or hard red wheat flour for bread. Soft white (Aka pastry flour) is great for things like pancakes, cakes, etc. because it gives a lighter texture, more similar to white flour. If it’s not the flour, check out Laurel’s Breadbook. It is the best whole wheat bread book out there and has a chapter on bread machines.

  • Jenna

    Is this a 1 or 2 pound loaf of bread?

  • Greg

    So just to be sure – I should use regular whole wheat flour not bread flour? Thanks!

  • Anu

    I love your blog and avidly follow it! It keeps me encouraged to avoid processed foods and all the garbage that is wrapped so delightfully in our markets. I was wondering if Lisa has a good whole wheat bread recipe that can be made using a kitchen aid mixer and not a bread machine. Would really appreciate your response.

  • Makenzie

    I have been following your blog for a while now, and I love it! Eating clean has really helped with my energy and stomach discomfort. I am not very experienced in making breads, but I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out too dry for my husband’s taste. Any suggestions?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Makenzie. Bread machines are all a little different but this one does not typically turn out dry. Maybe end your cooking time a bit earlier when you give it another try. ~Amy

  • Sharon

    I the very same bread machine. I like to use white whole wheat flour. I also have difficulty getting a loaf I’m happy with. It’s edible, but has a tough and lumpy crust. I live in Florida and have to deal with humidity year round. I can’t wait to try this recipe, as all others I’ve tried add wheat gluten and dry milk.

  • […] Shop around and check stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, health food sections of your normal grocery store or make your own bread! I got a bread machine at a thrift store for $10! 3 years later and it still makes amazing bread, all I have to do is throw the ingredients into the machine and turn it on. One of our favorite recipes is Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread. […]

  • I just love this blog, it’s been great in helping us make the transition to clean eating. I’ve made this loaf of bread twice now in my bread machine and it’s great. However, both times the center collapsed in the final stages of baking. Can this be fixed? Maybe my bread maker is too small for the recipe? Any help, or new portions you might be able to give me, would be so great. Thanks!

  • Amy

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

  • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

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

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