Making Honey Whole Wheat Bread
One of our family members will be away from our family for a couple of years. But his being away from us means getting requests for some of his favorite recipes. One of those requests was for some raspberry honey butter and homemade bread.
So I made him a loaf of white bread, a loaf of this honey whole wheat bread, and a batch of raspberry honey butter. The kids and I have a great time packaging up his weekly treat and bringing it down to the local UPS store to send it off to him. We always include pictures, a note, and plenty of good homemade food.
Nothing is more homey than sending a loaf of fresh homemade bread and freshly whipped butter to someone. It's the perfect gift for a new neighbor or a close friend. And with school starting and new friends and neighbors moving in, it's the perfect welcoming gift!
Frequently asked Questions about making the best honey whole wheat bread recipe
Yes, you can, but keep in mind that it will result in a different texture and flavor. Whole wheat flour adds a nutty, hearty flavor and more fiber to the bread.
Yes, you can use sugar, but honey adds moisture and flavor to the bread. If you substitute with sugar, use a 1:1 ratio and consider increasing the liquid slightly.
Several factors can affect rising, such as outdated yeast, water temperature (it should be around 110°F or 43°C), or too much salt, which can inhibit yeast activity. Ensure you follow the recipe and proof your yeast if necessary.
Store your bread in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, freeze slices or the entire loaf.
Dense bread can result from using too much flour or not kneading the dough enough. Ensure you measure your flour accurately, and knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic.
You can try using a gluten-free flour blend (like Cup4Cup whole wheat flour blend) designed for bread making. Keep in mind that gluten-free bread may require different techniques and ingredients.
Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- 1 ⅛ cups warm water at least 100 degrees
- 3 cups whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon dry milk powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons butter or shortening I use Spectrum Organic
- 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- In a breadmaker, place ingredients according to manufacturer's instructions. Set the breadmaker to the "whole wheat" setting, then push start.Serve with fresh butter.