Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 30 mins

Break out the butter! My kids can put both of these loaves away within minutes of coming out of the oven. I found it in a Good Housekeeping cookbook a while back.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large bowl, combine warm milk and yeast; stir to dissolve.
  2. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in warm water, butter, molasses, salt, whole-wheat flour, and 1/2 cup bread flour.
  4. Stir in another 3/4 cups bread flour and knead mixture in bowl until a ball forms.
  5. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and knead until is smooth and elastic, 7 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add additional flour just to keep dough from sticking.
  7. Shape dough into ball and place in greased bowl, turning dough to grease top.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and then a towel and let rise in warm place until doubled in volume (about 1 hour).
  9. Punch down dough.
  10. Turn it onto lightly floured surface and knead in walnuts.
  11. Cut dough in half; cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  12. (Resting makes the dough easier to shape).
  13. Grease two large cookie sheets.
  14. Shape each dough half into an oval and place on cookie sheets.
  15. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled (about 45 minutes).
  16. With sharp knife or razor blade, cut three slashes across the tops of loaves.
  17. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  18. Lightly dust loaves with flour.
  19. Bake until loaves sound hollow when tapped on bottom, about 30 minutes.
  20. Transfer to rack to cool.


Most Helpful

Made these tonight for my "Survivor" dinner group. Since I am alergic to walnuts I left them out. I wanted dinner rolls so I shaped 1-1/2 inch balls and then dipped them in butter (so they wouldn't stick together). They were fantastic. Nice and light--great whole wheat rolls.

Amber Dawn March 14, 2002

My husband and I thought this was a magnificent tasting bread! I halved the recipe and put it in my bread machine on the "dough cycle." When finished, I kneaded in the chopped walnuts and let it rest, covered for about 10 minutes. I formed the dough into an oval and placed it on a greased cookie sheet, covered with plastic wrap and let it rise about 30 minutes and then baked it in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Crazycook in PA April 11, 2010

I put in only 1 cup of chopped walnuts rather than two and bake the entire dough ball in one standard loaf pan for 35 minutes. My husband loves it! Great with butter and honey.

Kristina K October 27, 2007

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