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How to Make Whole Wheat Bread by Hand

Servings 4 loaves


  • 4 Tbs. yeast
  • 5 cups warm water
  • 4 Tbs. + 1 tsp. honey
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbs. 1 stick butter, melted
  • 6 cups whole wheat flour
  • 6 cups bread flour


  • In a very large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of honey. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Add remaining honey, salt, butter and whole wheat flour.
  • Stir vigorously with wooden spoon for several minutes.
  • Add bread flour.
  • Stir vigorously to combine the bread flour with other ingredients. When the dough forms a ball and you can't stir it any more, turn out onto a floured work surface.
  • Knead the dough for 10-15 minutes.
  • Clean the large bowl and oil it. Put the dough in the bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Let rise 1-2 hours or till doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough. Divide into 4 parts.
  • Grease 4 loaf pans. Place dough in pans. Cover with cloth and let rise about 30 minutes till double in size.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Loaves should sound hollow when tapped or cake tester should come out clean.
  • Remove from pans and cool.