I have been making this whole wheat sandwich bread recipe for years…long before I started our real food adventure. I just hated the taste of the whole wheat sandwich bread I was buying from the store! So I decided to start making my own whole wheat sandwich bread! It tastes so much better and I know how to pronounce all of the ingredients in it. I originally found this recipe in a Betty Crocker recipe book, over the years I have adjusted the recipe and my family just loves it!
Now that we are slowly converting to real food I have modified the recipe to make it healthier. However, it is not 100% whole wheat! I am working on that…I have been slowly adding a little more wheat to the recipe each time I make it. I want to see how much I can put in it before it changes it too much. I have some picky eaters around my house, who are not yet sold on the real food idea…so I am making changes slowly to all my recipes to make them healthier. I would love to hear from anyone who has a 100% whole wheat bread recipe that they love. I would love to try it. I have tried a few and failed, and they just didn’t taste right. I have tried different methods too but I still haven’t found the right recipe..so if you think you have a great recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread, please send it to me, I want to try it! Or post a link to the recipe in the comment section of this post.
This recipe used to have shortening in it but I have changed that to coconut oil instead. Like I said I have been adding more and more wheat and less white flour each time I make it. The original recipe calls for 3 c. of wheat flour and 3 to 4 cups of white flour…you can change this however you like..but I am listing the recipe with more whole wheat and you can choose to put in more wheat flour or less.
Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
5 C. Whole wheat flour (The last time I did it I used 6 C. of whole wheat and 1 C. of white and added a little more yeast and it turned out fine…didn’t raise as much but it is the bread pictured…it tasted good too.)
1/3 C. Honey
¼ C. Coconut Oil
1 T. salt
2 pkgs active dry yeast
2 ¼ C. warm water (120 to 130 degrees)
1 to 2 C. of all- purpose flour
Mix the flour, honey, coconut oil, salt and yeast in bowl. I use a pastry blender to help blend up the coconut oil. Add the warm water and mix together. Add enough white flour so dough is easy to handle. Put the dough on a lightly floured surface to knead or do it like me and knead it in the bowl. It is less of a mess I have to clean up. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. Put it in a greased bowl, with greased side up and cover and let rise for 40 to 60 minutes.
The dough is ready when you touch the dough and the indent remains. Punch the dough down and divide into two equal balls. Roll out the dough to two 18×9 rectangles. Then you fold 9 inch sides crosswise into thirds and overlap the sides. Then roll up the dough as tight as you can, starting at the open end. Pinch the seam across the bread and then press side of dough to help seal that too and fold its end under loaf. You can now put your loaves in two grease bread pans seam side down and let rise for 40 to 45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your loaves on the lowest rack so that they are in the center of the oven.
I bake my loaves for 15 minutes and when they are a light golden brown on top…I put tin foil on the top of the loaves to prevent further browning. I then bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. You may have to change the time according to your oven and how hot it bakes and what pan you are using. I use cast iron and in my oven it takes longer to cook the bottom of the loaves. You want to make sure that it is cooked all the way through and isn’t doughy. I just take a loaf out and slide it out carefully and check the bottom to see if it is lightly brown, if it is…then it is done. It smells so yummy while it is cooking. My kids love bread day because since no one will eat the end pieces after their frozen…I cut up the bread and they each get a couple of warm whole wheat sandwich bread end pieces with honey…mmmmmm it is so good.
This recipe makes 2 loaves of whole wheat sandwich bread, I double this recipe each time I make it so that I get 4 loaves. I hope you like it. If you try out this recipe please let me know what you thought by commenting below. If you have a whole wheat sandwich bread recipe that you use I’d love to try it!