Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

This homemade whole wheat bread is a must have in my home and tastes just like the fresh bread we ate while growing up Amish. On a cold fall or winter afternoon this soft and fluffy bread, fresh out of the oven with a dollop of butter and homemade strawberry jam, is simply the best snack a body could ask for. I store this bread in gallon sized zip-lock bags and then freeze it for several weeks. The bread does not last long in our house though, and I end up making a batch once a month or so. Enjoy!

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Homemade whole wheat bread

Homemade whole wheat bread

marilynpeight
This homemade bread is the perfect sandwich bread and is so delicious fresh out of the oven! This bread freezes well and makes excellent toast as well!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time: 2 hours
Course Bread
Cuisine Amish
Servings 3 loaves

Equipment

  • Stand mixer (linked below)
  • Large mixing bowl (linked below)
  • Glass bread pans (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups warm water (divided) *see note
  • 2 tablespoons Active dry yeast heaping
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus 3/4 teaspoon (divided)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 6-7 cups bread flour *see note

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 325.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, yeast and 3/4 teaspoon sugar. Allow to rest for ten minutes, then add the remaining water, sugar, vegetable oil and salt. Mix well, then whisk in the whole wheat flour.
  • Transfer the bowl to a stand mixer, then mix in bread flour (one cup at a time) starting on low speed and then gradually increasing the speed to get rid of any lumps. Mix each cup of flour for a few minutes. Once the dough is no longer sticking to the bowl, remove it and knead by hand on a floured surface until the dough no longer sticks to your hand and is soft and pliable. *see note below
  • Place the bread dough into a lightly greased or floured bowl, then cover the dough with a tea towel and allow to rise for an hour, or until doubled.
  • Remove the risen dough from the bowl and shape it into a log, then cut it into 3-4 sections and shape them into loaves. Place into greased bread pans (See notes*). Allow the loaves to rise for another hour, then bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the tops and sides are a nice golden brown.

Notes

The water should be around room temperature and not too hot to touch. 
Add flour only until the dough is no longer sticking to the countertop surface or the palm of your hands. More or less flour can be added than stated in the recipe. 
More notes and photos below! 
Keyword Homemade bread, Whole wheat bread, Amish bread
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Equipment needed for this homemade whole wheat bread:

  • Stand mixer I find using a stand mixer to mix the bread so much easier than hand kneading it the way we did while growing up Amish.
  • Mixing bowl If you prefer to hand knead the bread dough, then you will need a large mixing bowl to combine the ingredients in.
  • Glass bread pans I prefer to use glass bread pans, because it is easier to check the bottom of the bread loaf for doneness.

Optional: slather the tops of the bread loaves with butter while still hot.

Step by step instructions:

Preheat oven to 325.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, yeast and 3/4 teaspoon sugar. Allow to rest for ten minutes, then add the remaining water, sugar, vegetable oil and salt. Mix well, then whisk in the whole wheat flour.
  • Transfer the bowl to a stand mixer, then mix in bread flour (one cup at a time) starting on low speed and then gradually increasing the speed to get rid of any lumps. Mix each cup of flour for a few minutes. Once the dough is no longer sticking to the bowl, remove it and knead by hand on a floured surface until the dough no longer sticks to your hand and is soft and pliable. *see note below
  • Place the bread dough into a lightly greased or floured bowl, then cover the dough with a tea towel and allow to rise for an hour, or until doubled.
  • Remove the risen dough from the bowl and shape it into a log, then cut it into 3-4 sections and shape them into loaves. Place into greased bread pans (See notes*). Allow the loaves to rise for another hour, then bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the tops and sides are a nice golden brown.

If you love to bake homemade bread, check out my bread recipes below!

  1. Mom’s Amish Honey Bread
  2. Garlic Pretzel knots
  3. Iraqi Naan Bread
  4. Copycat Red Lobster Biscuits
  5. Amish Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Bread
  6. Amish Soft Pretzels

Try this Amish Cheese spread with the fresh homemade bread. So delicious!

Which is better, glass bread pans or aluminum bread pans?

I prefer to use glass bread pans, because it is helpful to be able to see the sides and bottom of the bread when checking for doneness.

What can be used to keep the bread from sticking to the bread pan?

I also like to use shortening to grease my bread pans to prevent the bread from sticking once baked. This helpful tip and Recipe originated from a local Mennonite cookbook, called the Country Kitchen Favorites.

Note*3

This bread is shelf stable for 3-4 days at room temperature, or the homemade whole wheat bread can be kept in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

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    1. Thanks Deborah, I like to roll mine into a thick log, about half the height of the bread pan and the length of the pan (the bread will double in size during the second rising time and while baking). Tuck the ends underneath the loaf until the ends are rounded and seamless, then the loaves are ready to rise the second time and bake. As with other baked goods, practice makes perfect!

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good bread with whole wheat and bread flour and this hit the spot. I’ve tried many through the years, all of them dense and dry. Now I just need to work on getting it to rise like yours.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed it! Weather can play a big part on how well the bread rises, for instance a rainy day is not as great for baking bread as a nice and warm summer day. Another helpful tip is to mix the dough really well, until if feels very supple and soft. Hope you get a beautiful rise soon!

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