This soft whole wheat bread recipe is the answer to all those dense, brick-like loaves of whole wheat bread you’ve tried. Healthy bread without the chemicals!
There’s one thing that’s eluded me over these past few years as I’ve tried to feed my family real food. It’s the bread thing. I just couldn’t get my hands on a homemade whole wheat bread recipe that yielded anything other than a brick.
I baked loaf after loaf, and they always tasted good out of the oven. But then as the hours passed, each loaf would turn into a dense mass. It was always edible as toast, but “edible” isn’t exactly what I was going for. I wanted a soft, 100 percent whole wheat loaf of bread that would stay soft for a few days. I wanted bread that I could freeze and then defrost for sandwiches later in the week. I wanted my kids to stop asking for the soft, junk-filled grocery store bread.
Then one day I came across this recipe from My Healthy Green Family. Looking at her post, I realized part of the problem with the previous loaves I had made. She included a photo of the yeast bubbling up in a measuring cup. It was much more active and bubbly than my yeast had ever been, which is part of the reason why my bread hadn’t been rising properly. I learned that letting the yeast activate for 5 minutes, which most recipes advise, isn’t long enough to get the job done correctly.
I tried the recipe from My Healthy Green Family, and it came out great. I then adapted it a bit to suit my family’s texture preferences, and I’m thrilled to finally have a soft whole wheat bread recipe that everyone in my house likes.
I never thought I’d see the day.
Whole Wheat Bread Baking Tips
I want to share a few important tips about baking bread before I get to the recipe.
Yeast: Make sure your yeast bubbles up nicely. If it doesn’t, throw it away and try another packet. You’re wasting your time if you make a batch of bread with yeast that doesn’t look like this after 20 minutes or so:
Baking Time: Another thing I’ve learned about baking bread is that sometimes the bread looks done before it’s actually cooked through in the middle. Using a thermometer to get an accurate temperature reading is a great way to make sure your bread won’t come out of the oven with a gummy center. See the recipe below for details.
Texture: Once you get into the habit of making homemade bread, you’ll get a feel for when the dough has reached the proper texture. You can’t always follow a recipe and get the right result by simply adding the exact amount of flour, water, and other ingredients called for in the recipe. Variations among different brands of flour will impact the final product. The dough should be well-hydrated but not sticky.
Soft Whole Wheat Bread Recipe Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $3.13 to make, or $1.57 per loaf. A loaf of Great Harvest’s Honey Whole Wheat Bread costs $5 where I live, for a savings of $3.43 per loaf. If you go through 2 loaves of bread a week, this comes out to a savings of $356.72 per year. Since my kids won’t even eat the Great Harvest bread, this whole wheat bread recipe has become essential in my house. I hope you’ll try it!