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!


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

  • Greg

    Is this regular ww flour or bread flour? I saw the white ww flour comment – I like that idea as it would add fiber- thanks. Just found this site!

  • Paulette

    My bread machine can only make a 1.5 loaf. Do you have a quick way to convert these measurements accordingly? I haven’t found a good website for this. I live by this website, by the way!

    • Alejandra

      I tried the recipe with your measurements, it was delicious! finally after trying for 3 times i got an edible (and very tasty) bread… i’m gonna try with more honey next time tho. Thanks for sharing!

  • Paulette

    Never mind on the question about converting to a 1.5 loaf bread machine. I had the ingredients listed wrong and it’s easy to calculate when using the real measurements!
    2 1/4 c flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 c warm water, 1/8 c honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 1/8 tsp yeast

    I’ll post the results after I try it.

  • Kellie

    Do you use a bread slicer? If so which one do you use? I love home made bread right up to the point were I have to slice it. Also how do you store your bread? Thank you! Love the site!!

  • jessica

    I made this today and it came out really bad. I wasnt sure what size the loaf is so baked it on the multigrain setting 1.5 lb loaf with the half size recipe below. It was dense and as hard as a brick
    Is this recipe for 2lb loaf? That is as nig as mine gets.

  • Amy

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

  • Mandy

    How long to you let the bread rise and do you rise once or twice

  • 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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