Easy Whole Wheat Bread

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Introduction: Easy Whole Wheat Bread

About: Hello and Welcome to In the Kitchen With Matt. I am your host Matt Taylor. My goal for the show is to teach you how to cook really good food at home for cheap. Eating out everyday can get expensive, but it d...

In this episode of In the Kitchen with Matt I will show you how to make whole wheat bread. This recipe for homemade whole wheat bread is really easy to make, if I can make it, you can make it, let's get baking.

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both! :)

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups of water (650mL)
  • 2 tsp. of granulated suger (10g)
  • 1/3 cup of oil (canola, olive, vegetable) (78mL)
  • 1/3 cup of honey (113g)
  • 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup or molasses (43g)
  • 1 Tbsp. of salt (17g)
  • 6 to 7 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (678g - 847g) (most likely you will only use about 6 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp. of active dry yeast (30g)
  • oil for greasing bowl

Tools:

  • Bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • whisk or fork
  • plastic wrap
  • damp towel
  • 5x9 bread pans
  • dough cutter or knife
  • kitchen spray or shortening

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Step 2: Proof That Yeast

First we want to get our yeast started. I always do this to make sure my yeast is good. Heat your water to 105 degrees F to 115 degrees F. (40 to 46 C). Then add in about a tsp. of sugar. Next add in your yeast. Use a fork to agitate it bit. Then let it sit for 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy. If it does NOT get foamy, the yeast is bad, or the water was too hot or not hot enough, you will want to start over.

Step 3: Add Liquid Ingredients

Now let's add in our other liquid ingredients, our oil, maple syrup or molasses, and our honey. Use your wooden spoon to mix it together.

Step 4: Add Flour to Form Dough

Now we want to form our dough by adding our flour about a cup of it at a time, then mixing it in with our wooden spoon. We don't want to just dump it all in. Even if you are using a stand mixer only add a cup or two at a time. Once it gets too thick to mix with a spoon switch to your hands, adding more flour as necessary.

***Note this recipe uses 100% whole wheat flour. You can do a combination of white bread flour and whole wheat, I would use a 75/25 ratio wheat to white.

Step 5: Knead, Cover, Rise

Next we will knead our dough, either using your hands or using a stand mixer with a dough hook. Fold the dough over on itself, push down, then turn a quarter turn, and repeat for 8 minutes. The dough should be nice and springy when you touch on it. Notice how much flour I have left over, about 1 1/2 cups. Next grease a large bowl with oil or kitchen spray and place your dough in it, move it around so it gets coated, then place a damp towel over it. Let rise for 1 hour.

Step 6: Punch, Cut, Form, Rise

After the dough has risen, let's punch down the dough then remove it from the bowl and place on the table or counter. Use a dough cutter or knife to cut the dough in half, then roll the dough and shape it into a loaf shape, after which you will place it in a greased 5x9 inch bread pan. I used shortening to grease the bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap loosely and the damp towel, and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.

Step 7: Bake, Cool, Serve, Enjoy

Now once our bread has risen a second time, let's bake it at 350 degrees F (176C) for 35 to 40 minutes on the middle rack. They will get nice and brown on top, and will sound hollow when you thump on them with your finger. Next let them sit in the pan and cool for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring them out of the pan and onto wire racks to cool completely. Cut into that fresh yummy bread, add some butter and honey or jelly and you are good to go! Enjoy! :)

Step 8: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out the video tutorial. :)

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23 Discussions

Matt,

I'm making this now, but thought you might want to add the sugar to the ingredients list.

Thanks,

Bill

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Matt,

My bread was very good; I even shared one loaf with a neighbor.

Thanks for posting the Instructable!

Bill

A nice-looking loaf, got me watching.

One suggestion, though: don't use canola oil (it's poison).

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Thanks! If you use the organic or non-GMO canola oil, its totally fine, and even healthy for you, on par with olive oil. according to my research on canola oil, it does get a bad rap though, because about 80% of all canola oil is manufactured from genetically modified plants. Also the great thing is if you don't want to use canola oil, then don't, you can use vegetable or olive oil if you like. :)

Thanks! Cool think about yeast based dough is that you can use a number of different oils, so if someone doesn't want to use Canola oil for any reason, plenty of other options! :)

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gnomeone

Question 3 months ago

Can the honey and maple syrup both be left out? Will it work with just molasses? Is this a recipe that will work in a bread machine?

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The honey and maple syrup can be left out, but you will want to add a bit more molasses. I don't know for sure, I haven't tried it in a bread machine. :) I don't really like bread machines so I don't own one. haha. sorry! You can always experiment and try it out! but seems like way to much dough for a bread machine. So maybe half the recipe and try that in your machine.

Thank you. I'm allergic to honey and maple so omitting them is a must for me. I'm also disabled so the bread machine is my method of making bread. You recipe for whole wheat bread is the first I've found that I want to try in my machine so thank you for the Instructable!

Do you need honey and molasses?

I've seen some whole wheat breads that have exactly 0 grams of sugar. I'd like to try making some healthy bread that has 0 grams of any kind of sugar.

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Hello! You can use just honey if you like. :) You don't have to add molasses or maple syrup. I would still recommend putting a little tiny bit of sugar in with your yeast, yeast likes sugar! :)

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dmadam

3 months ago

Its a good recipe with good balance. I do like to had about two tablespoons (for a recipe this size) of Vital Wheat Gluten flour to help with the rise and texture. Also I use g rapeseed oil as my go to neutral oil and avoid Canola in all forms. I think I want to try this with sourdough starter as I like the cobo of honey and maple syrup.

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Thank you! Yeah you can use a little bit less active dry yeast as well. probably 1 Tablespoon or 1.5 Tablespoon will work out fine. I have always just used the 2, but probably not necessary. Grapeseed oil is a fine choice! You could use olive oil too if you wanted. I haven't tried it with coconut oil, but I am sure that would be just fine too. Using a good sourdough started would be awesome too. Make sure to post on there once you make it and let me know how it turned out! :)

Hello Matt, Great job on the video. My husband loves bread and you have motivated me to get a OTG for him, so I bake it at home. Thanks for recipe ....Divya

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Thank you so much! Glad he loves bread! Take a look at my other instructables I have tons of Bread related ones you could try. :)

I love 100% whole wheat bread and make 2 loaves a week for myself, one loaf at a time, and use a process/recipe of my own that takes 3 hours, start to finish.

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