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!
Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
5 C. Whole wheat flour
1/3 C. Honey
¼ C. aquafaba
1 T. salt
1 1/2 T. active dry yeast
2 ¼ C. warm water (120 to 130 degrees)
1 to 2 C. of Spelt flour
Mix warm water, 3 cups of sifted flour, honey, aquafaba, salt and yeast in bowl. Let it sit in warm place and raise for 20 minutes. Then add enough sifted 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. 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!