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Best Soft Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Soft Whole Wheat Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Proofing Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr

You won't believe how easy it is to make homemade whole wheat bread! This recipe bakes up soft and is perfect for sandwiches. 

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey wheat bread, wheat bread, whole wheat bread, whole wheat bread recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 175 kcal
  1. Place the warm water in a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.

  2. Add the honey and butter. 

  3. Blend in 2 cups of the flour and the salt until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.

  4. Stir in an additional 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups flour, until dough pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.  

  5. Knead on floured surface, adding 1/2 to 3/4 cup additional flour, until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. 

  6. Place dough in large greased bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.

  7. Lightly mist a 9x5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray. 

  8. Punch down the dough and shape it into a loaf.

  9. Place in prepared pan, cover loosely with greased plastic wrap, and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.

  10. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

  11. Uncover dough, and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when lightly tapped.

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Recipe Notes

Instant yeast may be substituted.  Rise time may need to be reduced by 10 to 15 minutes.  You'll know your dough is done rising when it has doubled in volume.

For a white bread version, click here: Soft White Bread Recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Soft Whole Wheat Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.