Do you want to make homemade whole wheat bread from fresh ground wheat? Use this recipe to make homemade whole wheat bread in a bread machine.
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Homemade bread has always sounded delicious to me, but I was afraid of the difficulty of baking bread consistently. I imagined the kneading process to be time consuming and labor intensive. After all, what stay at home mom really has time for all of that kneading? and it could be, but not with a bread machine. Then I discovered that homemade whole wheat bread could be made in a much easier way!
How to Make Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
At first, the idea of making my own bread sounded so domestic. Then I started homeschooling and I was issued a grain mill along with my denim jumper. Not really. I’m just kidding. I did, however, first learn about buying wheat in bulk and grinding it at home to make bread at the first homeschool co-op I attended.
Is making homemade bread cheaper?
When I heard that I could make my own, healthier bread, for only $0.50 per loaf, I was sold on the idea. The secret to making bread super inexpensively is grinding your own wheat berries. Wheat berries can be purchased by the 25 lb bag.
Can I grind my own wheat berries for flour?
Absolutely, grind about half of a cup more berries than the amount of flour your recipe calls for. I usually grind about four cups and have enough flour for a batch of whole wheat muffins in addition to the loaf of bread.
Can I use store bought flour instead of wheat berries?
Absolutely! Using store bought flour is not a deal breaker for this recipe. I recommend purchasing a good quality whole wheat flour to preserve as many of the health benefits from your homemade bread as possible.
Can I make whole wheat bread with a bread machine?
Yes! Once I discovered how cheap homemade bread is, the only thing standing between me and fresh baked goodness was the kneading process. The bread machine is the answer to the whole kneading process dilemma. I only use a bread machine for the kneading process only.
My bread machine has a “dough” setting that works perfectly! When you are choosing a machine, I recommend a two pound loaf machine. This will make a loaf large enough to slice for sandwiches.
Layer all of your ingredients in your bread machine in order. This is important! You want all of your we ingredients in the bottom and your yeast on top. This is absolutely necessary to the success of your homemade bread.
What if my homemade bread dough will not rise?
Once you remove your dough from the bread machine, place it into a buttered two pound loaf pan. Allow your dough to rise in the loaf pan for 30 minutes. If you dough does not rise like you want it to, try the following:
- Rise in the oven with the light on
- Increase the temperature of your kitchen by one or two degrees
- Cover the bread dough with a light towel while rising
- Warm your loaf pan before you rise the bread
Bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees then, allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Slice the bread with a serrated bread knife and bread slicing guide for perfect sandwich slices.
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How to Serve Homemade Bread
- Toast for Breakfast
- With Soup for Lunch or Dinner
- Dried and baked for Homemade Croutons
Other Whole Wheat Recipes
- Whole Wheat Sheet Pan Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Mini Muffins
- Whole Wheat Cheddar Biscuits from The Real Kitchen and Beyond
Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- 4 cups hard white wheat berries or 3.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 2.5 cups room temp water
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP Honey
- 2 TBSP Canola oil
- 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 tsp dry active yeast
- Grind wheat berries to make whole wheat flour
- Pour water then other wet ingredients into bread machine
- Put flour in bread machine
- Put vital wheat gluten in bread machine
- Smooth flour and gluten gently until flat
- Make a small well in the center
- Add dry active yeast to well
- Start bread machine on dough only setting
- When dough setting is complete, transfer dough to loaf pan
- Let dough rise an additional 30 minutes
- Bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees
- Let cool 10 minutes
- Slice and serve