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Whole Wheat Bread

I'm 12 years old and make this bread with my mother, who got the recipe from her mother. I usually make the dough, and my mom bakes it.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm water. Add the oil, sugar, molasses, salt and remaining water. Combine flours; add 4-5 cups flour to mixture. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° until golden brown, 40-45 minutes. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 168 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Chris
    May 15, 2020

    So delicious... substituted honey because we didn't have molasses, and used bread flour in lieu of AP flour... SO PILLOWY AND DELICIOUS

  • Stephanie
    Apr 25, 2020

    I made this bread! This is absolutely the easiest and best bread recipe. It was loved by my family and friends, they even asked for the recipe.

  • shirley brown
    Mar 28, 2020

    I made this bread 4 loaves and it was a hit. This will be my wheat bread recipe from now on.??

  • Ariel
    Jan 4, 2020

    WOWZA! I made this bread with my kids today and it is the BEST homemade bread I have ever had (my mother-in-law makes delicious bread on a daily basis). I added 1 extra pack of yeast. Ended up using about 8 cups of flour and then added 1/2 c. water and 1/4 c. oil. IT IS DELICIOUS!!!

  • Tina
    Dec 27, 2018

    The flavor is wonderful. I have made it twice and it crumbles too easily. I need suggestions please.

  • Rosemary Swope
    Feb 6, 2018

    This wonderful whole wheat bread is a five star! My husband made it for us yesterday. Thank you for sharing this keeper!

  • kjh34
    Sep 22, 2014

    This bread was a huge success! My husband has been asking for wheat bread so I tried this recipe and it is now a family favorite. I used my bread machine , using the dough cycle, which made my bread making so much easier! Great recipe, I would highly recommend!

  • NinaH
    Aug 14, 2014

    I work at 2 camps, one is a boy's camp and the other a family camp, I have made this bread multiple times with great results every time! They all love it, it stays so moist!

  • middjett
    Jun 7, 2014

    Very tasty. I did make a few changes though....I used 1/2 C. oil and 1/4 butter melted. I added 4Tbsp. non-fat dry powdered milk. Also I cut the salt down to 2 tsp.,and I added to the flour: 3 Tbsp. ground flax seed, 3 Tbsp. 10 grain cereal, and 2 Tbsp. gluten. (no one here has any allergies so i can do that). I DID NOT mix the flours together, and glad I didnt. I put the whole wheat flour in a bowl, added 2 Cups A.P. flour and the remaining dry ingredients in the recipe along with the added extras I put in. Then after I added the liquid ingredients and mixed it up real well, I slowly added more A.P. flour to form the dough. I did not need all the 5 1/5 cups A.P. flour.I ended up baking for 40 minutes, AND I got three 5"x11" loaves.Defiantly a keeper.

  • SeranaJayne
    Dec 22, 2013

    Amazing bread! Rose a lot! Huge loaves.