Soft Crust Whole Wheat Bread

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

I changed this from a basic whole wheat bread recipe I had. I hate hard crusts and this bread has a soft crust, stays fresh and tastes great. I've blogged about it and a lot of people have raved about it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure out the first three ingredients into a bowl, set aside.
  2. Mix in a bowl the water (110-120 degrees), olive oil, honey and yeast.
  3. Slowly mix in the flour (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer). Dough should be not sticking to the sides of the bowl. I usually end up using 3 1/2 cups of flour. I let my mixer knead the dough for 7-8 minutes. If you knead by hand, knead for 10-12 minutes. Wheat bread needs a longer knead time.
  4. Place in oiled bowl in warm place, covered by a towel or plastic wrap,for about an hour or until about double in size.
  5. Punch down, turn out of bowl. I make the dough into a ball and use a serrated knife to cut in half. Shape each half into a rectangular roll and place in loaf pans.
  6. Cover and let rise about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.
Most Helpful

5 5

I have never ever been able to make good bread. And, I usually spend lots of $$ for bakery bread. While looking for something else, I found your recipe. I followed it just as written. And it turned out wonderful. Crusty on the outside, but soft on the inside. I made my first recipe with my electric mixer and it turned out great. But, after that, I threw the ingredients into my bread maker and set them for the dough setting. The loaves come out smaller, but better tasting, for some reason. I gave the recipe to my daughter in law and now she is making her own bread. Thanks for the great recipe. sue

4 5

Hearty loaves of bread! Nice texture and color. The only "change" I made was splitting the dough into three smaller loaves (rather than two larger ones), so I could give one to a friend (he has a small family), and still have some for us at home. Nice recipe, simple ingredients, easy to make. Yeah!!!!

4 5

This was really good wheat bread! I normally prefer white bread, but am trying to eat more wheat. Easy to make in the mixer. I didn't think we would eat 2 loaves of bread by ourselves, so I froze 1 of the loaves before the second rise. Once I bake it I'll let you know how this recipe stands up to freezing the dough and baking later. Thanks for posting!