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!


4.7 from 58 reviews
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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  1. Lisa |

    The bread turned out great but more like a bread you butter and eat with a meal. Before changing my eating habits I made a white sandwich loaf and the texture was that of a loaf of bread I would buy at the store. This bread was not soft like sandwich bread. Am I doing something wrong or is this how it is supposed to be? My bread maker has a wheat bread options and a sandwich bread option but not a combination of the two. Should I make it as sandwich bread? (Again, it’s good, just hoping for softer and easier to cut for sandwiches)

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi. Lisa uses the wheat setting. The texture is not going to be the same as store bought breads because it does not have all the additives and conditioners. You could try using 100% white whole wheat. It cooks up a little lighter but is still 100% whole grain.

  2. Amy |

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

  3. Tasha |

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

  4. 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.

  5. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill) |

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

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

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