Whole Wheat Bread

"I discovered this fantastic bread recipe by Jean Sutherland and I thought I would share with everyone. This is not a bread machine recipe! Zaar seems to have a lot of machine recipes but not many old-fashioned so I thought this would be a great addition. This bread is a little difficult to make but is perfect for sandwiches and tastes wonderful! Very much worth the work you have to invest. I replace all of the oil with 1/2 cup flax seed meal. It's a nice way to get that very nutritious grain into our diet easily. Plus it adds more flavor."
Whole Wheat Bread created by gailanng
Ready In:
3hrs 10mins



  • Add 4 1/2 tsp yeast to 3/4 cup water.
  • Add 1 cup of whole wheat flour and mix vigorously.
  • Cover bowl with plastic and let sit for 45 minutes to proof.
  • When sponge is ready, uncover bowl and add the 1 1/2 cups of warm water and 2 cups of whole wheat flour . Stir in very well.
  • Now add the 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten, 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1/3 cup honey and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix these in well. Now start adding the remaining flour about 1/2 cup at a time. (I use my KitchenAid for this).
  • Knead dough in mixer for 10 minutes or 20-30 minutes by hand. Take a break half-way through if you're hand kneading and let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Place dough into large greased bowl (preferably not metal) and cover with plastic. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until it doubles in size.
  • Punch dough down, divide dough, and reshape into loaves. Place into greased 9x5 bread pans, cover with plastic and allow to rise again.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Make egg wash by whisking egg and water together in small bowl.
  • Brush egg wash over tops of loaves and then place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes.
  • To test for doneness, pull the loaf out of the pan and tap the bottom with a wooden handle. It should have a hollow sound.
  • Cool these for at least an hour before slicing. If you don't wait that long the structure of the bread will not support a knife and will mush down and stay permanently mushed when you're done mangling it. Try to be patient.
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  1. gailanng
    How is it I fall in love with every bread loaf I meet?
  2. gailanng
    How is it I fall in love with every bread loaf roll I meet.
  3. gailanng
    Whole Wheat Bread Created by gailanng
  4. Angela J.
    Just tried the recipe tonight, came out amazing !!
  5. jackieliz
    Truly a 5 star recipe-used molasses instead of honey to give it a deep brown color, added 1/4 cup bran with the flour. Delicious with whipped honey or as the foundation of a grilled cheese sandwich!

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