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Whole Wheat Herb Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.


2 loaves (16 slices each)

"When our family lived at home, I'd make eight loaves of this bread at a time," recalls Madeleine DeGruchy of Frankville, Nova Scotia. "Now that it's just my husband and me, I share with neighbors."


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons minced chives
  • 4 teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1-1/2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the whole wheat flour, sugar, chives, dill, shortening, salt and 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Shape into two loaves. Place in 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 78 calories, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate, 2g protein.

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