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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1,040 comments to Recipe: Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)

  • Kevin Wilson

    Hi, I’ve been looking for a good whole wheat sandwich bread recipe,i can’t wait to try it.thanks.

  • Nicole

    This bread comes out really dense…not bad, just dense! I know part of that it because it is whole wheat, but any suggestions? Is it meant to be this dense? Have you tried baking it on a basic setting rather than a wheat setting (not sure I know what the difference is, except shorter cooking time)?

  • Margaret

    Hi, I have been reading that yogurt can be added to whole wheat bread mix to make it a little more moist and less crumbly. Has anyone tried it with this recipe? How much full fat yogurt would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Margaret. We have not tried but you could try replacing a bit of the liquid with yogurt and see how it turns out. ~Amy

  • Summer

    Hello!! Absolutely LOVE this bread!! Made it 4 times exactly as the recipe reads and it turns out amazing!! My husband loves this bread for his sandwhich, but I’m thinking he might have a wheat allergy! Trying to rule out if its the bread or not. Is there anyway I can lessen the wheat? Maybe add half wheat & half all purpose un bleached?? We don’t eat white bread. And love this bread so trying to find a compromise for my husband. Any suggestions?? This bread makes the best grilled cheese, toast with homemade jam, eggs on toast!! Yummy!!!!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Summer. You could do a mixture of flours though we’ve not tried that. However, if your husband has a wheat allergy, you would need to look into using a different whole grain flour altogether. ~Amy

  • Summer

    I did change your recipe a bit & it came out beautiful, soft, nice except a tad bit “chewy” on the edges. What would make bread chewy?? I changed it by adding half king Arthur’s whole wheat flour & half AP flour, half milk half water, used count oil instead of olive oil. Nice bread, but would like to eliminate the chewiness. Any suggestions? Still has great flavor! :)

  • Mary

    Hi,

    I have been experimenting with whole grain breads and I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have a question – what brand flour do you recommend?

  • 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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