The Best Whole Wheat Bread

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One of those smells that people love is the smell of homemade bread baking. Get ready to enjoy that smell when you make this recipe for the best whole wheat bread.

If you love making homemade bread this really is the best whole wheat bread recipe ever! My friend gave me this recipe and I have been in love with it ever since. The recipe I am sharing today is for 1 loaf. However, if you have a large capacity kitchen aid mixer, you could double it to get 2 loaves. Of if you are lucky enough to own a Bosch mixer, you can fit 4 loaves in there. That is what my friend has and how she makes her bread.

The Best Whole Wheat Bread

There are a few special ingredients required for this recipe.

Two of them, you probably do not keep on hand. First, is a dough enhancer (AKA dough conditioner). I use one I get from Amazon. This improves the rise, texture and shelf life of the bread. Second is vital wheat gluten flour. I also get this from Amazon. This is to improve the texture and elasticity of the dough.

The Best Whole Wheat Bread
The Best Whole Wheat Bread

The third and final special ingredient for this bread is potato flakes (AKA instant potato flakes). When you add potato to your bread dough you’re upping the dough’s starch content, effectively increasing total liquid retention — which means bread with soft, moist texture and a long shelf life. These three ingredients is what makes this the best bread ever.

The Best Whole Wheat Bread

One other thing that I love about this recipe is that it uses honey for the sweetener. I always think that honey is amazing when used in whole wheat bread. It gives a different flavor than just white sugar. I’ve got one other thing to tell you about this recipe. The rise time. This recipe only requires one rise. You shape the dough into a loaf and place it in the loaf pan. Let it rise until double in size. Depending on how warm your house is, it will only take about 30 minutes and it will be ready to bake. It bakes for 30 minutes and it’s ready to enjoy! I’m telling you, you will love to have this recipe. I’m hoping to eventually get a Bosch mixer so I can make 4 loaves at once!

Here is what you need to make
The Best Whole Wheat Bread

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The Best Whole Wheat Bread

The Best Whole Wheat Bread

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 2099 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp oil I use canola
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp honey
  • ¼ cup potato flakes AKA instant potatoes
  • 1 ¾ cup wheat flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • cup vital wheat gluten flour
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • ½ Tbsp dough enhancer aka dough conditioner
  • 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cup additional wheat flour


  • In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid mixer, add the water, oil, honey, potato flakes, 1 3/4 cups wheat flour, and yeast. Mix together with the dough hook and allow to sit for ten minutes.
  • Add in the vital wheat gluten, salt, dough enhancer, and additional 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups flour and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Then knead for 8 minutes.
  • Shape dough into a loaf on a counter sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. PLace in a greased loaf pan and allow to rise until double in size. This will take about 30 minutes depending on how warm your house is.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and brush with butter. Makes 1 loaf.


Serving: 1loaf | Calories: 2099kcal | Carbohydrates: 386g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 3522mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 22mg
Keyword honey, wheat
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