Grandma's Wheat Bread

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is the first bread I learned to make, at my grandmother's side in her kitchen in Turlock. Still one of my favorites.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm water in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the honey, salt, shortening, 1 3/4 cups warm water, and 3 1/2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl almost clean.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and knead for about 10 minutes.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Turn the dough so the greased side is up. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  6. Punch the dough down and divide in half.
  7. Shape into 2 loaves and place in greased loaf pans.
  8. Cover and let rise about 1/2 hour.
  9. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Place the loaves on a low rack so the tops of the loaves are about in the center of the oven.
  11. Bake 40 to 45 minutes.

Reviews

(2)
Most Helpful

Let me begin by saying that I am not a very good baker. In fact, prior to the other night, I had never made bread successfully. This is the first yeast bread recipe I've been able to make work and it was great! I decided to go half-whole wheat flour and half-bread flour, just to be on the safe side, but next time I will be a little braver and try all whole wheat flour. I will let you know how it turns out!

Sass Smith February 03, 2006

I tried this recipe because the one I usually use has vital wheat gluten in it and I was all out, and, boy, am I glad I did! This was so light! Usually whole wheat loaves tend to be bricks, but this is definitely an exception. Even my dh gave it a "That's really good" (usually, his comments are "it's alright") and he asked my to make it again. Thanks for a simple, everyday whole wheat bread recipe!

Kzim4 January 06, 2006

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