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Three Whole Wheat Bread Recipes

Updated on December 8, 2015
Two Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread
Two Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread | Source

Nothing says Wholesome Goodness like Whole Wheat Bread

This page offers three recipes for whole wheat bread. There are two yeast recipes, one recipe for the bread machine and one for hand kneaded. The third is a cranberry whole wheat quickbread recipe.

When you bake home made whole wheat bread , you're giving your family a wholesome, healthy nutritious food. Better yet, its not only good FOR You, it tastes good! Whether you toast it, slice it for sandwiches or dip it in soup, you cannot go wrong with this bread.

White flour is made from wheat that has had the bran removed. The bran is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Whole wheat flour is made from the whole wheat kernel, so you're getting the added benefit of the bran.

Researchers believe that eating foods made from whole wheat may play a role in preventing many diseases, including cancer, hear disease, constipation and diverticulosis.

How do you bake whole wheat bread?

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Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White
Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White

This bread machine is the Cadillac of bread makers. Its pricier than some, but you get what you pay for.


A Bread Machine Recipe for Whole Wheat Bread

Making your own bread becomes a lot easier if you use a bread machine.


  • 2 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dry skim milk
  • 3/4 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 4 1/2 tsp shortening or sweet butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tbsp lukewarm water


Put the dry yeast into the bread machine's inner pot. Add the remaining ingredients except water. Pour in the lukewarm water. Press the start button, using the white bread selection button.

Preparing a whole wheat bread recipe is simple when you use a bread machine to do it.

When cooked, remove, cool and slice.

Two Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread Dough After Proofing
Two Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread Dough After Proofing | Source

Recipe for Hand Kneaded Whole Wheat Bread


  • 2 / 3 cups water (that's two-thirds cups)
  • 3 pk yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8 cups scalded milk
  • 2/3 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 12 cups whole wheat flour


Scald milk and set aside to cool. Dissolve yeast in 2/3 cups water. Dissolve 1 cup of sugar in the hot milk.

In a large bowl, stir all ingredients. Turn out onto a floured kneading board and knead for five minutes. Add more flour if necessary.

Let rise in a warm room until double in bulk. This takes about one and a half hours or two hours. Knead down and shape into six loaves. Let rise again in the pans until doubled.

Bake at 375 degrees F. for for 40 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool and then slice.

Bowl of Cranberries
Bowl of Cranberries | Source

Recipe for Whole Wheat Cranberry Bread

This is a quickbread, chemically leavened.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup crushed bran cereal with raisins
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine or vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine flours, bran cereal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda,and nuts; mix well.

Combine cranberries and granulated sugar. Stir sugared cranberries, egg, milk, orange juice, and margarine into flour mixture all at once. Stir just to mix Do not over stir.

Pour into greased 9x5x3″ loaf pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until the bread is dry when tested with a tester or toothpick.

Cool in pan 10 minutes. Then, turn on on rack, placing your cranberry loaf on its long side. Cool.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      We eat a lot of whole wheat bread at our house, and we especially like sourdough bread. Like you, I like to add special goodies into my bread now and then. Your cranberry bread looks so good. Thank you for all these recipes and tips.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @jolou: Freshly baked bread is wonderful. I agree. Thanks for posting.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      The bread recipe with cranberries sounds really good! I don't think anything can beat the smell of freshly baked bread.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @eclecticeducati1: Thanks so much for stopping by. It's always wonderful to get an Angel Blessing.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      I love homemade whole wheat bread. I think it tastes so much better than the store bought stuff and so much more nutritious. Great lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Linda BookLady: Me too! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love home baked bread!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @StevenCousley: Thanks Steven I'm going to lensroll you as well. As for the recipe -- LOL -- there was actually a / mark between the 2 and the 3, but it was difficult to see unless you really peered. I have made a space between the numbers and added textual clarification as well. Thanks for pointing that out.

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      Steven Cousley 7 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Nice work on the lens, worthy of a lensroll on my whole wheat lens. You might need a small edit on the "23 cups water" in your hand kneaded recipe though. That could get a bit messy. :)

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      KathleenH 9 years ago

      I especially love the sound of your wholewheat cranberry bread - I can't wait to make it! Congratulations on a great lens. I've just started a new group especially for 'bread' and wondered if you'd like to join? It's at, and I do hope to see you there.

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      I have a whole wheat bread recipe on my lens Reflections of my Soul. It is my mother in laws recipe and my hubby and I make it. It is so delicious. I am enjoying your recipes. Thank you putting them here!