Homemade Sandwich Bread

I get a lot of requests for my homemade whole wheat bread recipe. It’s really easy to make homemade bread in a Kitchen Aid Mixer, or you can always make it by hand. (If your mixer can only handle two loaves, you can easily halve this sandwich bread recipe.)

Assemble Ingredients

6 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
2 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons active dry yeast
4-1/2 cups very warm water (110°F to 120°F)
2 cups Spelt Flour or white flour
4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Butter or margarine, melted, if desired

ingredients for homemade whole wheat sandwich bread

Combine the Ingredients

Start your bread by combining the coconut oil, honey and 4-1/2 cups water in a small saucepan. Heat over the lowest heat just until the oil is melted. You do NOT want this to get too hot or it will kill the yeast. Ideally you want it to be between 110 and 120 degrees. (Sometimes I just heat the coconut oil and add the honey and water separately.)

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While that is heating, place the whole wheat flour, yeast and salt in your mixer bowl. With the paddle attachment, mix about 15 seconds on Stir.

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Continuing on Stir, add warm water mixture to flour mixture.  Mix about a minute.

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At this point I usually need to scrape the sides of the bowl.

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Switch to the dough hook. Add the spelt and stir on Speed 2.

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Then add the all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well between each addition. Mix about 2 minutes, or until dough starts to clean sides of bowl, adding flour as necessary. This is getting close.

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Then knead the dough on Speed 2 for another 2 minutes, continuing to add a couple tablespoons of flour to get it to the right consistency. It should not be sticky so that it sticks to your hands, but you don’t want to get it dry to the point that it’s coming apart.

When it’s ready, it won’t be sticky. It will feel smooth and elastic.

At this point, dump the bread dough out onto a plate and grease the inside of the mixing bowl, all the way to the top.

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Return the dough to the bowl, and turn over so that it is buttered on all sides.

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Then cover it with a clean towel and place it in a warm place to rise. Usually the top of the oven works just fine, but on really cold days, I heat the oven to 120 degrees, turn it off, and then put the bread in the oven to rise.

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After about an hour, it should be doubled in size.

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Dump the risen bread dough out onto a large cloth or rolling mat.

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Punch it down, and then divide it into four equal sized lumps of dough.

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Take one and roll it out, about like this, and pretend that my camera was focusing on the dough instead of the rolling pin. Anyone know a photographer for hire?

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Then roll it up tightly, like so.

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And pinch the loose ends into the dough.

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Then roll him over so the seam is on the bottom and fold the ends under, like so.

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And place him in a buttered bread pan. I love my cast iron bread pans.

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Then, wash, rinse, repeat, until all four loaves of whole wheat bread are in loaf pans, ready to rise.

Put the loaves to rise in a warm spot, covered with a clean towel, for about 45 minutes or so.

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When the bread looks about right, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Pop ‘em in the oven, and set your timer for 30 minutes. Of course ovens vary, but this works out perfectly for me. The bread is done when you tap it and it sounds hollow.

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Immediately turn the loaves of bread out onto a rack to cool. I always slather butter on top of my bread because that’s what my mama always did. And because I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much butter.

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Now tell me, doesn’t this bread look utterly divine?

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Someone certainly agrees.

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Here are the directions for your printing convenience:

Homemade Sandwich Bread
 
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This is a soft, tasty half-whole wheat bread that is great for toast or sandwiches or just eating plain with plenty of butter! Best of all, I do it all in my mixer! NOTE: If you have a smaller mixer, you can easily divide this recipe in half to make only two loaves.
Author:
Recipe type: Breads
Serves: 4 loaves
Ingredients
  • 6 cups whole wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups Spelt or white flour
  • 4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • Butter or margarine, melted, if desired
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut oil, honey and 4-1/2 cups water in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat JUST until the oil is melted. It should be about 120 degrees so as to not kill the yeast.
  2. Place whole wheat flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. With the paddle attachment, mix about 15 seconds on Stir. (This is the [mixer|http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=musofahou-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=kitchenaid%20stand%20mixer&url=search-alias%3Dappliances&sprefix=kitchen%20aid%20stand%20mixer%2Cgarden%2C126] I have. It will do 4 loaves at once, but I often end up kneading the last few minutes by hand.)
  3. Continuing on Stir, add warm water mixture to flour mixture. Mix about a minute.
  4. Then with the dough hook in place, add the spelt and all-purpose flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  5. Mix about 2 minutes, or until dough starts to clean sides of bowl, adding flour as necessary.
  6. Knead on Speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.
  7. Place dough in greased bowl, and turn greased side up.
  8. Cover and let rise in warm place 40 to 60 minutes or until double. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  9. Form your loaves and place them in buttered loaf pans to rise for about an hour. (I love my [cast iron loaf pans|http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PZZ0SW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=musofahou-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000PZZ0SW].)
  10. When they look the right size, bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.
  11. Remove immediately to a cooking rack, brush tops with butter, and try to wait a few hours before cutting into one.
  12. Serve warm or room temperature.
  13. Freeze extra loaves and defrost as needed.

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Comments

  1. says

    That is some yummy looking bread! I am going to try it this week. I have been searching for a homemade bread recipe that will work for sandwiches. (I realize any bread will work for sandwiches, lol, but I am trying to transition my kids over from store bought bread and they are hard to please!) Thanks!

  2. says

    Oh, you are right, that bread looks utterly divine. Now, I just need to figure out how to manage my time so I can get that done! Thanks for the step by step and pictures. I want to try this out soon.

  3. Debbi says

    I’d love to try the recipe. We have a small family (one toddler) so I like that you can freeze the dough. How do you thaw the frozen dough and once thawed, do I roll out and go from this step? How long can the dough be frozen and still taste good?
    Thanks a bunch!

  4. says

    Looks delicious!!
    My 11yo DS just drooled over your photos and said “you need to make some bread”.
    I told him he could help…but then I remembered one time he did & put way too much salt in, so we affectionately dubbed his the Salt Lick Bread.

    I think I’ll make some while he is at school ;)

  5. says

    Oh my! I’ve never seen such perfect bread. Congratulations!

    I have to tell you that you’ve inspired me. I have made honey whole wheat bread about 4 times now, and my family just loves it. I’ll try your recipe next time, though, because it looks delish!

  6. Jo-Lynne says

    Debbi, I set it out on the counter to defrost. I remove the tin foil and put a towel over it. It’s best to set it out the night before. I just watch it till it looks like it’s risen to the right height, and then I pop it in the oven and bake. :-)

    I would think it could be frozen for several weeks and still be fine.

  7. says

    Oh yay!! I was stuck (in a good way) reading through your “ask the housewife” series this afternoon & was on a mission to find one of your bread recipes!! I really enjoyed reading everything you’ve done & are doing regarding eating. It’s been important to me recently, but not enough to make the changes. I’m trying to take steps this year … all your info will help!!!

  8. says

    I’m REALLY looking forward to trying this!! If not this week, then definitely next week. I’ve been wanting to try homemade sandwich bread for a while now, and your recipe looks perfect.

  9. says

    I was just thinking this week that I need to find a new, better whole wheat bread recipe. This one sounds perfect.

    Incidentally, how do you know how many loaves of bread your mixer can churn out? I’m wondering how many I can do at once.

  10. says

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I made sandwich bread for the first time this weekend using the white bread recipe in the kichen aid mixer cookbook. Of course I swapped out some of the white flour for wheat and sugar for honey. It was so easy and so delicious. I can’t wait to try yours this weekend!

  11. says

    ( I love my kitchen aid mixer… my new toy!)

    This bread looks wonderful! What betty crocker cookbook? I have two I think. And I don’t know WHY I never thought to just grease the mixer bowl and let it rise in that!

    My mom tried to get me a wooden bowl (to use just for bread) for me to rise my bread in…. not sure it’s the same thing (she got me a big salad bowl)

    and yes, there is NO SUCH THING as TOO much butter!

  12. lisa says

    Oooh cast iron bread pans- so nice! (I want!!!) Do you know what size your mixer bowl is? I have a standard kitchen aid & looking at Amazon it looks like your mixer might be a 5 or 6 quart & mine a 4 1/2 quart. I want to adjust the recipe so it doesn’t overflow/overwhelm my mixer. Thanks for sharing- hope it turns out as good in my glass & metal pans!

  13. Jo-Lynne says

    Lisa, mine is a 6-quart. My old one was a 4.5 quart, and it handled half this recipe (2 loaves) quite nicely. Hope that helps!

  14. says

    Thanks for posting this, Jo-Lynne. I’ve made your bread before, but it really helps having the pictures and seeing your little “tweaks.” I just made two loaves this morning with the updated instructions and they turned out beautifully! :)

  15. Ashleigh (Heart and Home) says

    Have you tried soaking and drying the grain first, yet? That’s the part that scares me. I’ve just been buying whole wheat sourdough from Trader Joe’s–which, obvs, uses real ingredients and no “other stuff.” But I’m about to move to someplace where there’s no health food stores and I’ll be learning the definition of real food, *really* fast.

  16. Becky says

    Made your bread and it turned out fabulous. Made 3 loaves and a pan of rolls. Next time I will half it. My mixer was moaning and groaning by the end. LOL

  17. says

    This bread recipe looks divine! Can’t wait to try it out…but I will have to do mine in portions as all I have are my two hands or my bread machine for mixing….one of these days I will get a Kitchen Aid….just can’t justify it yet. Probably won’t happen until retirement.

    Do you always roll out the dough flat then fold it up as shown in the photos or is this specific to this recipe? Is there a special reason you do it this way? Looks interesting…would love to hear your thoughts…

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Wanda, that is the traditional way to make a loaf of bread; I’ve seen it in many books and recipes. It really does make a pretty loaf. But I used to just squish it into a bread pan, and it worked okay. Just didn’t look as pretty. :-)

      And if you do the recipe in half and use your two hands, you will get a good work out AND have a couple yummy loaves of bread! :-)

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Hey Jennifer. No, not at all. You can do it by hand and knead it 5-10 minutes till “smooth and elastic” like a traditional bread recipe. let me know how it turns out!

  18. says

    I tried this last night on a whim. I ended up using a lot of spelt flour because it was what I had on hand. It turned out delicious (and I’m not lucky enough to have a device as beautiful as the KitchenAid stand mixer. *sigh*), and I even cut the recipe in half just because I didn’t have enough of all the ingredients on hand to make four loaves. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  19. says

    i made this last night;if my fiance hadn’t already proposed, i think the first taste of this bread might’ve sealed the deal! He could not stop raving about it. Now that i’ve read the comments, i’m anxious to try rolls!

    i only got to soak the mixture for about 3 hours, but it was still really, really good! Where did you find your cast iron pans?

  20. says

    Hi, Jo-Lynne. I’m trying your recipe, non-soaked, cut in half, and the flavor is great, however, it is taking FOREVER to bake. (I put one loaf in the freezer and am baking the other) I put one loaf in at 350, in a glass bread pan and it’s been in there for 90 minutes! This is my first time making bread without someone else around who knows what they’re doing. Am I doing something wrong? I know oven temps vary, and I’m thinking that’s what it is. I don’t mind baking it for an hour and a half, as long as I know I’m doing everything right. What are your thoughts?

  21. says

    Clarify: I guess I should tell you that I’ve had it in the oven for so long because the middle is doughy. I cut it open after 30 minutes to see if it was done and it wasn’t. So I stuck it back in there and it’s still going….

    Thanks
    Heather

    • Jo-Lynne says

      That is so odd. I’ve NEVER had that problem. No, that is way too long in the oven. Are you sure you have the right amount of ingredients? I’m baffled.

  22. Bri says

    Oh my. I just ate my first slice. This is delicious. Thank you for the recipe! I’ve never made bread before and thanks to your clear instructions, it turned out perfect!!

  23. says

    Gulp. I just saw you updated this. I have been putting off doing a soaked recipe, but I am feeling the need to cave to the peer pressure. Bwhaahahahahahah

    Do you use spelt flour? Where do you purchase yours from? (Also do you grind your own grain?). Lord have mercy this is a lot of mental power.

  24. Dana Musick says

    Thank you for this recipe. I would like to try baking all of our bread instead of buying the mass produced chemical laden stuff from the store. I try to stay away from dairy, so do you know if substituting homemade rice milk or even coconut milk kefir for the buttermilk would work?

    • Jo-Lynne says

      I still make this every week – 4 loaves get us through the week. It is SO good.

      As for the milk, I”m not sure, but I would think rice milk would be fine.

  25. Paula says

    I am trying your homemade whole wheat sandwich bread recipe for the first time. I’m wondering if I need to refrigerate the dough during the 7 hour soak or do I leave it on the counter?

  26. Darcie says

    Hi Jo-Lynne,

    I really appreciate what you’re doing here! The pictures and your sense of humor are great :) I’ve just begun baking bread and I finally got a loaf of whole wheat to rise high enough to actually use, but it was stiff and broke easily. I hate to say this, but I’m looking for a recipe that is “elastic” like the ones in grocery stores. Does this recipe have that quality? Thanks so much!!

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Darcie, you can definitely find breads that are softer than others, but honestly, the goal is NOT to be like grocery store bread, lol. Trust me, once your family gets used to REAL bread, they won’t want the spongy grocery store stuff. My kids balk every time I run out of homemade and suggest grabbing a loaf from the store to tide us over till I have time to make more.

      But yeah, some are softer than others, and it takes a LOT of experimentation. I tried several recipes before I found this. It also takes some practice – learning how long to knead, rise, etc.

      I still don’t have it down to a science. Sometimes it is dry and crumbly and sometimes it is fantastic. I can’t eat it, but I can tell when I cut it if I did it right or not. Someday I hope to have it so that I make it perfect every time! :-)

  27. Melanie says

    I was wondering about a couple things. 1.) Do you mill your wheat or do you buy store bought. 2.) How do you soak your grains? 3.) What kind of coconut oil do you buy?

    Your bread pictures look so good. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Hey Melanie.

      1) I do NOT mill my own wheat. Have mercy. LOL. I would love to, but sadly no. I buy organic whole wheat flour from my local whole foods mart. Or Bobs Red Mill brand.

      2) I explain the soaking process in this post – combine whole wheat flour and salt and add it to the coconut oil/water/honey mixture and let it set overnight. Then add the rest and proceed.

      3) I like to buy Nutiva. http://astore.amazon.com/musofahou-20/detail/B001EO5Q64

      Hope that helps!

      • Melanie says

        Thanks so much, Jo-Lynne! We just started milling our wheat. Really, it’s not a difficult thing to do. I have a Nutrimill (it’s an electric grain mill), and I buy grain from Breadbeckers.com. We have a local co-op.

  28. says

    Jolyn – why do you only soak the whole wheat flour and not the white too? Just a question I had while making your bread for the how many times – I don’t know!

  29. theresa says

    How does it affect the recipe if I substitute the spelt with oat flour? I also have bread flour. What is that and can I use it in this recipe?

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Hi Theresa. I’m kind of a “buy the book” sort of cook and I don’t experiment a lot. I’m not sure how oat flour would translate and I’m pretty sure you have to make some modifications when you use bread flour.

      I just googled it, and it seems like you can use them interchangeably. You may try bread flour in this recipe – it might make it better. You wouldn’t want to use bread flour instead of all purpose in cake, but in bread it should be good.

  30. sarada says

    Wondeful bread recipe and I am happy to found your blog. Just one question you mentione that we could freeze the dough. When I want to use it for later baking what should I do? Please do reply. Thanks in advance

    • Jo-Lynne says

      You can freeze it and then the day you want to eat it, set it out and let it thaw. When it’s thawed, it will start to rise, and when it looks right, you can cook it! :-) It’s kind of hard to time it so you have to be around to watch it. I prefer to cook it all and freeze the cooked loaves to defrost as needed. It’s easier, I think. But both methods work!

  31. Kara says

    Hi Jo-Lynne,
    I just made your bread last night and it was delicious!! I didn’t have any white flour so I used white whole wheat instead of the white. My question is…since it came out so good this way and I’d prefer not to use white four…is there a way that I can soak all or most of the wheat flours or do I have to wait and introduce some of it dry with the yeast? Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Kara. I’m not really sure. (True confessions… I don’t soak mine anymore. It’s just another step that I can’t seem to make time for.) If you experiment and find a good solution, can you let me know?

  32. Alicia says

    Hi,
    I have recently started making my own bread and you are right, there is no comparison! I was wondering if you could tell me how you keep the bread loaves after slicing? Do you have a breadkeeper? If so, is there one you recommend…all I have found are plastic ones. I was curious what you did. Thank you!

    • says

      Isn’t homemade bread divine!?? I keep them in tin foil, nothing fancy. I know aluminum is bad for us, and I hate to use it but I also don’t like using a lot of plastics. I’d love to have a better solution.

  33. Mamablahblah says

    I just discovered your recipe for sandwich bread on Pinterest. I’ve always been to scared to make bread without using my bread maker. Now that I have found your tutorial I will be able to make several loaves at once, with confidence. Thanks for the great recipe, step-by-step tutorial, and pictures!

  34. Amy says

    Two questions about this recipe…can you do the initial steps in a bread machine? If so…what steps are altered?
    Also, do you happen to know serving size and calories for each loaf?

  35. Olga says

    The bread looks delicious. I will try make it. I`m wonderiung… Can I use for example canola oil instead of coconut oil? Will be okay to use different?

  36. Joy Carlton says

    I love this recipe and do plan to make this. Thanks for the post. I just wanted to add that I really love your bread pans!!! I would love to know what kind they are or where you got them. They are adorable. They look like really old ones.

  37. Kristen says

    I read about this on once a month mom and I think tomorrow or Monday I am going to make my first batch (going to half the recipe) I have one metal loaf pan and one glass pan…hope these work and if we love it I will definitely be buying the cast iron pans! Thanks for the encouragement and pictures…I didn’t see anything about soaking the wheat, should I do this? and if so, how do I do this as I still can’t find where it says to do this. I am very nervous about this but I think the switch is awesome!

  38. Robin says

    I tried this recipe this morning. My first rise did great but second rose s little but loaves were flat on top. I didn’t have spelt flour so just used all purpose. Was that the problem?

    • says

      Robin, I don’t see an additional 1/2 cup. Am I missing something? It is just 4-1/2. I think in a previous recipe, there was a separate 1/2 cup for proofing the yeast, so if you see an extra 1/2 in there somewhere, you can omit it.

  39. Georgia says

    Has anyone tried modifying this recipe into a cinnamon bread, was thinking of doing it tomorrow. I’ve made this recipe several times now and it always comes out awesome. Thanks!

  40. says

    okay…i am brand new at bread making…today was only my second time. we are trying to replace store bought bread and mine seemed to come out more dense than i wanted. i halved the recipe and used all all purpose flour (i didn’t have spelt). i let it rise 1.5 hours, it didn’t look doubled. should i have let it rise longer. yours looks so much “lighter” than mine. any suggestions. thank you so much for any help.

    • says

      Hi Jan. It is really hard to say. Bread comes out differently at different altitudes, and it varies depending on the humidity. If it didn’t look doubled, it probably needed a longer rise, or you may have had weak yeast? WAs it old? B/c it should at least double in that amount of time. Let me know if you try it again.

  41. says

    Did I miss something on this??? I don’t see anything about soaking the flour but there are all kinds of comments about it.
    so I’m kind of confused.
    I have made it (unsoaked) 2-3 times now and it’s an amazing recipe. But DO NOT try to do the whole recipe in a regular kitchenaid mixer (non professional size one) it will overflow you bowl and climb up into your motor…

    • says

      Hi Leah. Yeah, at one point I had a soaked version on here, but the last couple times I tried to make it, it didn’t work out for me, so I just took it down, plus it seemed confusing to have both in one post. I should try to recreate it sometime. I have it written down somewhere, I think.

  42. Casey says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made two loaves today using my standard size kitchen aid. My loaves didn’t turn out as pretty as your but they tasted great. I am so excited. This will definitely be a weekly recipe in our house. We eat tons of sandwiches and toast in our house so I am very excited about being able to provide a healthier option for my family. It was so easy too. Can’t wait to perfect my technique so my loaves look as good as yours!

  43. Kristi says

    You call for spelt or white flour, then additional all purpose flour. Are white flour and all purpose the same? So if you aren’t using spelt you’d be using a total of 6-7 cups all purpose? Thanks!

  44. Karina says

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I have made this at least recipe 4 0r 5 times now. Friends I have shared the bread with really like it. My husband says it is the best recipe I have tried by far. It is WONDERFUL!! I really like your cast iron loaf pans :). Thanks again for sharing.

    Karina

  45. Stephanie says

    Trying your recipe right now. Loaves are made and rising. Can’t wait to bake them! I’m a complete novice bread maker, so we’ll see… :)

  46. Erin says

    I made your sandwich bread yesterday and this morning one loaf disappeared. I have three daughters who gobbled it down saying it was better then store bought and gave some to friends and their children. All of them are asking for the recipe. I have tried to make bread three times and this is by far the favorite. It will be our weekly bread. Thank you so much for helping me to get store bought bread out of my house!

  47. says

    I’m making this today…Can’t wait to see how it tastes. Can’t wait for my kitchen to smell amazing. I didn’t have spelt flour so just used all white flour. I also did half butter and half coconut oil because I wanted to see how the coconut oil affected the flavor. I do not like coconut so didn’t want it to be too strong. I also halved the recipe because my mixer is smaller. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I will probably blog about my adventure with a new recipe and will certainly link back to your blog for the recipe.

  48. Bradysmom says

    Great recipe! This is probably a really basic question, but after you cut into the loaf, what is the best way to store it until you finish eating it? Should I wrap it in Saran wrap and keep it out at room temperature or put it in the refrigerator?

    • says

      I don’t know if it’s best or not, but I always wrap it in tin foil and keep it on the counter. Ours is usually gone in 2 days, so it doesn’t have time to get dry but if it does, we just use it for toast. :)

  49. Catherine says

    Hi there Jo-Lynne,
    I made the bread for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! I have the smaller Kitchenaid so I need to half the recipe, would you use 2 envelopes of yeast or buy the jar and use 1-1/2 Ts?
    All the best,
    Catherine

  50. says

    Jo-Lynn, I’ve been using this recipe for a long time now. It always turns out GREAT. However, I must 1/2 the recipe because I only have a Classic KitchenAid mixer. A problem I keep experiencing though, is I always end up needing nearly 4 cups of all-purpose flour for the dough to get to the proper consistency. I’ve even cut back from 2 1/4 cups of water to 2 cups. By the time it’s ready to be taken from the mixer, it’s always over-flowing my mixer to the point it gets up above the dough hook & into the spring.
    I go strictly by your recipe, starting out with 3 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 Tbsp of yeast, 1 Tbsp salt, mix & add the 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup coconut oil mixture, then adding the 1 cup of Spelt flour. The recipe then calls for 2 to 3 cups of all-purpose flour, but why do I always need to add nearly 4 cups? Any idea what I can do so I don’t need so much all-purpose flour? I wouldn’t mind but I hate when it ends up being too much for my 4 1/2 quart mixer.
    Maybe next time I’ll try cutting back to 1 & 3/4 cups of water? What do you think?
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have 2 loafs rising at the moment. :-)
    Thanks

    • says

      Hi Gary, I really don’t know. I usually halve the recipe, myself, b/c even with my big mixer, it couldn’t handle the 4 loaves and would always cut off. So I do two, and halving it seems to work for me. I don’t think I use more than 3 cups of all purpose flour. Maybe someone else will have a suggestion?

      • says

        Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll let you know how the next batch turns out and If you wouldn’t mind, please double check how much all-purpose flour you use exactly, on your next batch for me. Thanks

  51. says

    My husband is a biology teacher, and as an experiment with his class, they attempted to grow bread mold. They took slices from a three week old store-bought loaf and rubbed them on the classroom floor before sealing them in petri dishes. My husband brought the dishes home and we spent two weeks attempting to get those samples to grow mold. As I type this, there is six week old bread sitting in those dishes on our kitchen counter, mold free.
    That’s why I decided to make our own bread. I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and we love it! I love that it’s a simple, frugal switch, and that I know exactly what my family is eating. I half the recipe and I use only white whole wheat flour. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  52. says

    I’ve made plenty of homemade “special occasion” bread, but I’m going to try to start making a batch 1-2 x month for my Husband & mine’s lunches and this recipe looks like just the one to try first! Thanks for all the beautiful step by step pictures too!

  53. Cindi says

    I have been using your recipe for several months now and love it. This is my ‘go to’ sandwich bread recipe. I have a tilt head KitchenAid stand mixer. I’ve been halving the recipe and making 2 loaves.

    Can the 4-1/2 QT or 5 QT (I’m not sure which one I have) handle the full recipe? I just bought more bread pans so I can bake 4 loaves at a time.

    This takes no time at all to make. It rises much faster than any other recipe I have tried before. I love the easy method! Thanks for sharing. I slash the top with a razor blade just before baking and it looks so professional. My family absolutely loves it. Thanks for helping make wonderful memories!

    • says

      So glad you’re enjoying it! I have a 6qt mixer, and I bought it just for this, so I could make 4 loaves. It holds the dough but the motor can’t handle it. I have gone back to making 2 at a time. :-)

      • Cindi says

        Wow, that was a quick response! Thanks for letting me know. Okay, I’ll stick with the 2 at a time recommendation. My hubby wants me to bake a bunch for our neighbors and family, so I’ll just keep the oven on and do a couple batches back to back. I like to knead the last little bit of flour in by hand anyway so I can get the texture of the bread perfect. I’m old school that way :)

        Oh yeah, and this is THE recipe that made me to donate my bread maker that kept making ‘caved-in tops’ loaves.

        My hubby makes his sandwiches for lunch with this bread and always rants and raves about it showing it off to everyone he can! And it’s sooooo much healthier than store bought bread! Have a great w/end!

  54. Jennie says

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I just made two loaves and they were fantastic. I will add this to my goto bread recipe. The whole family loved it!

  55. Sharon says

    Love the recipe! Thanks for posting! I halved the recipe & made it today. I was so excited to finally find a recipe that worked for me. I was rising beautifully & when it was time to bake it it fell flat when I moved it from the counter to the oven. Any ideas why or suggestions on how to stop that from happening?? Thanks!

  56. says

    In my search for the perfect wheat bread, I stumbled upon your site. I usually don’t comment, but this bread was fabulous! It is now my favorite recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Kellye says

    Hello!
    Where do you store the bread? Just wondering since it has butter on top. Will it store ok on counter or does it need to go in fridge? Or does it last that long? :)
    Thanks!
    Kellye

  58. Kellye says

    Hello!
    I’ve been making your bread for a couple of months now. No more store bought bread! But…I have a question. Can I make some hamburger buns or rolls with this?
    Thanks!
    Kellye

    • Kellye says

      FYI – I made hamburger buns today! When I rolled out the dough after punching down…I got a wide mouth jar lid ring….cut out the circles and put on parchment paper on cookie sheets to rise. Then baked at 350 for 15 minutes or so until done1 They are great! Thanks!!!!!

  59. Tasha says

    Please help! I absolutely love this recipe and so does my family; however, my bread keeps ending up with air pockets in it so when I cut slices it’s never in a whole piece. All the holes seem to be at the top of the bread. I follow every step in the direction so what am I doing wrong?

  60. Shelby says

    We LOVE this bread! I’ve been making it a few months now and I am interested in soaking the flour. I’ve read a few of the comments of others soaking, but haven’t found how to do it. I gave it a try last night, but today I had to add more water to activate yeast and the other ingredients, it was wet. Then I had to add a few cups of flour. The end results were not as flavorful, still good but wondering if there is a technique to using soaked flour and making this amazing bread.

  61. says

    Okay, so I probably should have read all of the comments before I made the bread. Next time I will try halving the recipe, I think my 5qt KitchenAid could handle that much better. Our dough is currently rising right now (first time) and I’m still on the fence on whether this will be amazing OR a total disaster. If it’s the latter though, I definitely will try again another time. Hoping it will be good though!

  62. Laurie says

    I saw you video on YouTube for this bread but the recipe on your site is different, on the video you proofed the yeast fur which is what I would expect but on your site you mix the yeast with the flour etc. Can you clarify?

  63. Linda Waller says

    How did you get the slice that the little girl is eating so perfectly sliced? I have made homemade bread a few times and my slices never come out that perfect. It looks like the way commercial sliced bread looks like.

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