Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread

So, most of you already make bread, I bet. I wanted to share my recipe that I have tweaked and re-tweaked since we purchased our bread maker. I found it very hard to find a recipe that is 100% Whole Wheat. Most of them call for some amount of bread flour. I started getting annoyed with having to make sure I had two different types of flour and then we ended up cutting out all refined flours. So, Beth's Whole Wheat Bread was created. :)

3 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 tsp salt
1-1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil spread
1 rounded Tbsp honey
1/2 cup almond milk (cow's, soy or rice milk would work too)
9 oz. warm water
1 1/4 tsp yeast

1. Put all ingredients in your bread pan as specified by your user's manual (my current one says dry ingredients first, my old one said liquids first).
2. Set on either a Whole Wheat Bread cycle or a 1 1/2 pound loaf with medium color crust.
3. Enjoy!

I put 1-1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil spread because the original recipe calls for 1 1/2 Tbsp, but I'm pretty sure I use closer to 1 Tbsp (I don't measure it). Either amount will work.

This recipe was revised from one that I found in my bread machine user's manual. When my daughter was born, it was important to make Whole Wheat Bread with no dairy products. I had a hard time figuring out the appropriate dry/wet ingredient mix to yield the light, fluffy bread I wanted. Finally, I got the mix just right and this is what the inside of the final product looks like:

Apparently I can't cut in a straight line, but it's delicious nonetheless. :) I hope that you enjoy the results! Please let me know if you try it.

Oh! P.S. If you have an abbreviated bread cycle on your machine (mine shortens the time from 5 hours to 3 hours), then use another tsp of yeast. I typically use that cycle, so I'm always putting in 2 1/4 tsp of yeast.

Happy bread making!!!


  1. Beth, why do recipes for bread machines always call for a certain amount of teaspoons of yeast, when more traditional bread recipes call for a whole packet?

  2. I actually haven't run into too many recipes that call for packets of yeast. I always either buy mine in the jar or (as of recently) in a shrink-wrapped package of two from BJ's (waaaayy cheaper!). One packet of yeast typically yields about 1.5 tsp. Hope that helps! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing Beth, I've always been looking for whole wheat only recipe :)
    Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for sharing this! It's just what I was looking for.

  5. I made this last night and it turned out great! I have tried it with some butter and in the toaster with some peanut butter spread on top! Both so good! Thank you for the recipe! I will definitely be making this again! :-)

  6. I substituted light agave nectar for the honey and made a vegan loaf with organic whole wheat... it was the best bread I've ever made in my bread machine! Thank you for a great recipe.

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  8. Hi! Do you think using organic whole wheat bread flour is ok for clean eating? Thanks!

  9. What is olive oil spread?

  10. I made your recipe and absolutely love it! It was the first time using my bread machine. It was so simple! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Made this on NYD and it was so much fun. Your recipe forced me to reintroduce myself to my bread machine. It made the house smell wonderful and it tasted even better. Everyone is eating it in my house......and they have no idea how wonderful it is for them. Thank you!

  12. what is olive oil spread? Can you give me a brand? Thanks!

  13. Land O Lakes makes several products with olive oil. My preference is the Butter with olive oil, though they do have a "spread." I am going to make this bread today and may just use straight olive oil as the fat.