Whole Wheat Bread (Renewed)

Whole Wheat Bread (Renewed)

A couple of weeks ago I published a post about saving money on groceries. You can see that HERE. In the post I mentioned that this wonderful Whole Wheat Bread you see pictured before your very eyes, costs around 40 cents to make. Cheap, right!? Since the time I proclaimed its economic benefits, I have received many emails with questions regarding the recipe and how to make it happen. Seeing as my original posting of the Wheat Bread Recipes was almost 4 years ago (with ugly pictures and all) I felt it might be helpful to post it again with new instructional pictures and a few added details.

This bread is a staple in our family and is fabulous for sandwiches, toasted, with homemade soup…or simply fresh from the oven with a bit of butter and honey. I know many of you make it on a regular basis, and that makes me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ For those of you who haven’t tried it yet I hope you will find this updated post to be useful and informative.

And now, let’s do it. Whole Wheat Bread, renewed and updated…just for you.


Whole Wheat Bread

Time: 1 1/2 hours
Yield: 5 loaves
Recipe adapted from Deborah Bracken

10-11 cups Wheat Berries (I use Hard White Wheat)
6 C hot water
2/3 C sugar
2/3 C canola oil
2 Tb salt
3 T dough enhancer
1/3 C vital wheat gluten
3 T (heaping) yeast (I use active dry)
2 T softened butter

Just a word about wheat berries, here. You can buy them in all sorts of varieties. Hard Red Wheat, Soft White Wheat and Hard White Wheat. I prefer Hard White Wheat, which yields a fluffyย bread that is both lighter in texture and color than bread made with red wheat. You can purchase wheat berries all over, but are most economical purchased in bulk. I buy them at Costco, or Lehi Roller Mills in large 5 gallon buckets. Wheat has a VERY long shelf life and is said to store well for up to 30 years. That, is a long old-time. ๐Ÿ™‚


To grind the berries into flour, I use this wonderful Kitchen Mill from Blendtec. It works well and will grind all of the flour I need to make 5 loaves of bread in about 10 minutes. I will warn you, it’s really…really loud. ๐Ÿ™‚ My kids opt to flee the room when it’s grinding. I have suggested they man-up a little, but then they can’t really hear what I am saying and so I just let them go. I have had a few readers mention that they have The Whisper Mill, which is said to be much quieter.


1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees.
2. Grind 10-12 cups wheat berries into flour. You will need about 12-15 cups of ground flour. I generally grind more than I need for this recipe so I have some wheat flour to use in rolls, and cookies. However, since it is freshly ground with no preservatives I would advise you store it in a ziploc bag in your freezer. It will last for months if you store it this way. If you leave it in your pantry, it will taste like saw dust in a matter of weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚


3. Pour 6 cups hot water into a large, heavy-duty stand mixer. You want the water to be hot, but not so hot that it is unpleasant to touch. As for your mixer, I would advise using a Bosch Mixer. I have tried making it in a 7 quart Kitchen Aid, and it will work, but the dough is heavy and may burn out your motor if you make a habit out of making bread.


4. Into your stand mixer place 3 tablespoons dough enhancer and 1/3 cup vital wheat gluten. You can purchase both of these at most large grocery stores. Look in the long-term food storage section, or with the baking supplies.


5. Add 2/3 cup sugar,


2/3 cup oil,


2 tablespoons salt,


and 4 cups wheat flour.


6. Mix on low for 30 seconds, then (with the mixer still going) add 3 heaping tablespoons of yeast.


7. Continue to add more flour as the dough mixes on low.


You will use between 12-15 cups wheat flour. I know that’s a wide range of measurement. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me give you a little tip. When the mixer is on, notice the sides of the bowl. When it is clean, and free from any dough, you have enough flour. Once you have the right amount, turn the mixer to high and let it mix for 8 minutes.


8. Grab 5 loaf pans. My pans are 9 1/2 x 5 1/2. Spray them with cooking spray.


9. Spray your hands with some cooking spray as well, this will help with the stickiness of the dough. Reach into your mixer, break the dough into five equal portions and place each part into one of your pans.


10. Wash your hands so they are free from any excess dough, then spray them with cooking spray again. Take each section of dough and slap it several times to remove any air bubbles that might be inside. Then shape it into a lovely ball and place it back into the pan.


11. Place the pans into your warm oven and allow the dough to rise…


until it’s about 2 inches above the rim of the pan. Depending on how warm your oven is and how well it circulates the heat, this could take from 15 minutes to 25 minutes.
12. Leave the pans in the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees. The loaves will rise just a bit more and then bake. Mine usually take 25-35 minutes to bake, from the time I turn up the oven temperature.


13. When the loaves are golden brown along the tops and bottoms take them out of the oven. Carefully remove the pans from the bread and place them on a wire rack. Spread a bit of softened butter over the top of each loaf. This helps avoid a super hard crust.
14. Allow the loaves to cool for about 10 minutes, then slice and enjoy.

Store leftovers in gallon sized zip lock bags, inside your freezer. They should keep well for 2-3 weeks.

Whole Wheat Bread


Post a comment!


  1. 1
    October 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Have you adapted this to a smaller batch? I don’t have a Bosch mixer and it doesn’t make sense to get one for just me and hubby.

    • 2
      October 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      They sell a small Bosch mixer for smaller batches. My sister has it and loves it.

    • 3
      October 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

      I have some friends that make half a batch in a Kitchen Aid with a lot of success. Good luck!

  2. 4
    October 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    This looks heavenly ! It is a must do sometime next week ! Thanks Jamie !

  3. 5
    Erin R.
    October 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I completely love whole wheat bread and yours looks lovely. So springy, and probably slightly sweet with that amount of sugar. Hot water and extra gluten are the key factors in soft,

  4. 6
    October 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I make half this recipe in my Kitchen
    Aid mixer with no problem.
    I would like to know what difference it makes to use the gluten and dough enhancer. I’ve made it with and without and I can’t tell a difference. What should I look for if I include them?

    • 7
      October 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

      I have noticed that the dough enhancer and gluten give it a longer shelf life, and make the loaves a bit more fluffy.

  5. 8
    Tonya Bird
    October 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Mmmmmm. Looks marvelous! Gonna have to try it!! Thanks!

  6. 9
    October 20, 2013 at 6:48 am

    40 cents per loaf? These gems are worth their weight in gold! Beautiful!

  7. 10
    October 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Looks delicious! I know this is probably a silly question, but can you use already pre-packaged wheat flour?

    • 11
      October 22, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Not a silly question at all. You can use regular wheat flour. Good luck!

  8. 12
    October 24, 2013 at 6:26 am

    So, I check your site daily and wondered where you’d gone! I did a little digging and found out you were still posting, but for some reason when I pull up the site it shows your last post as Oct. 4. I use google chrome. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks for a great site!

  9. 13
    January 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I have noticed that the ingredients list 2 Tbs. dough enhancer but the instructions say 3 Tbs. I’m in the middle of starting a batch, so will use 3 Tbs. to be on the safe side.
    Please clear up. Thank you.
    Love your site and use it often! Keep up the great work!

  10. 14
    January 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Vinegar and lemon juice are considered substitute dough enhancers. I’m just wondering if you have ever tried one of those substitutes in this recipe and if so, how you like the results.

    • 15
      January 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

      I haven’t ever tried vinegar and lemon juice as a dough enhancer. Let me know if you try it and how it goes. Good luck!

    • 16
      May 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Did you use lemon juice and vinegar as a substitute dough enhancer? How did it turn out?

  11. 17
    Ann Vance
    January 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    There are two different amounts for dough enhancer. Is it 2 tablespoons or 3? Thanks!

  12. 18
    February 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I still haven’t found out what the correct amount of dough enhancer is in your recipe (renewed). Another gal asked about it too. Is it 3 or 2 Tbs. that you use.
    Thank you.
    P.S. I make bread from fresh ground grains for my grown children and grandchildren. No matter what recipe I make, it is always so much better tasting than store bought with few ingredients. Your recipes for bread are some of my favorites!!!

    • 19
      February 3, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for your question and I apologize for missing it last time. Must have gotten lost in the shuffle. Thanks for catching the error in the recipe. I use 3 tablespoons of dough enhancer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your patience! So happy to hear the bread recipes are working out well for you and your family.

  13. 20
    Jen Stewart
    April 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

    You only have to let it raise once? I’ve never made bread with only one rise, but yours looks excellent so it must work!

  14. 21
    Leah Picanco
    April 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I have made this recipe twice. The first time it worked wonderfully. The second time, my bread didn’t rise very well at all, and my friend who made it had the same result. Any suggestions? I know my yeast is good, because I just used it for rolls and pizza dough last week. I also know my water wasn’t hot enough to kill the yeast, especially after adding the other ingredients first. I would have thought it was a fluke except that it happened to both my friend and I. Our loaves never made it much above the pans. I do not have a setting on my oven below 200 except “warm.” I put it on warm, assuming it was about right, but maybe it was too hot? Could that have stunted the bread’s growth as it was rising? Just wondering if you have any suggestions. I can’t figure out why it worked the first time and not the second! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 22
      Amy Dansie
      April 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      I have had the same problem in the past and you will want to make sure you bring your yeast to room temperature. If you freeze your yeast you will not want to put it in straight from the freezer to your recipe. Not sure if you did that but that will make a difference

  15. 23
    April 29, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I have had the same results when I have put the dough to raise in a warmed oven.
    The last time I made WW bread, I warmed the oven, then turned it off and set the dough on the oven door to raise. That brought good results for me. I did that as it was a rather chilly day.

  16. 24
    Amy Dansie
    April 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Jamie,
    My long lost friend. I hope you are well and happy. I love your site and am teaching a class on how to make your bread tomorrow. I noticed that in the actual recipe you did not put the 2 Tablespoons of Salt. I have not put salt in one time and it was nasty. I hope you are well and happy. I have been in Cody for 3 years now and my kiddos are 6, 4 and 3 crazy how fast time goes. So fun. Miss ya Amy Dansie

  17. 25
    May 16, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Jamie – we LOVE this bread recipe. I literally don’t buy bread at all anymore because we make this bread every week.

  18. 26
    May 10, 2016 at 9:46 am

    So excited to try this recipe for kids PB&J. Do you have a whole grain recipe?

  19. 27
    Ann Alger
    July 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Yahoo!!! Finally back to successful wheat bread after following your instructions to the T. Thanks for the renewed hope in bread baking. Been baking for more years than you have been alive, but as of late, I was baking the “door stops” mentioned in a previous post. No more. Thanks.

    • 28
      July 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

      So great to hear! Thanks for letting me know.

  20. 29
    January 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Question about halving this recipe! Since the original recipe makes 5 loaves, would you end up with 2 larger loaves instead? Wondering if I should instead multiply all ingredients by .4 …

    • 30
      April 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

      I’m doing 3 loaves with a half recipe, and using 2 T. sugar, 1 T. lemon juice concentrate + 3 T. wheat gluten. I figured they may not be quite as high as Jamies when baked.

  21. 31
    April 22, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I’d cut the sugar to 1/4 cup, we don’t like our bread sweet.
    If I don’t have dough enhancer, I add 1 T. lemon juice concentrate instead. The wheat gluten is great to make the loaves less dense.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe and all of your helpful photos!!!!

  22. 32
    January 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Hi there,just new here,but the bread looks good,so can I just use regular whole wheat flour ,as I donโ€™t have a grinder and then I can also 1/2 the recipe would I just cut everything in 1/2 thanks Val

  23. 33
    Kathleen Erikson
    January 25, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    I dont use dough enhancer but i could use bread flour, would that make a difference?

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