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Honey Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

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Are you tired of eating dense, store-bought whole wheat bread that’s lacking fresh flavor and any nutritional value? The answer to your bread woes is simple: make your own! 

Not only is homemade honey whole wheat bread delicious, but it’s also a much healthier option. I’ll guide you step-by-step through making honey whole wheat bread in your bread machine. You’ll learn why whole grains are important, the ingredients needed for this recipe, how to select the right baking settings, and more. Get ready to enjoy the satisfaction of baking your own bread and treating your taste buds to a flavor explosion!

Why eat whole grains

Before we dive into the ingredients and steps to make honey whole wheat bread in your bread machine, let’s take a moment to understand why whole grains are so important. Unlike refined grains, whole grains contain all parts of the grain, including the kernel, bran, and germ. This means that they retain all the nutrients, fiber, and protein that are lost in the refining process. 

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And using freshly milled whole grain flour means that none of these important nutrients are oxidized away; they are as fresh as possible and make the most delicious bread with incredibly simple ingredients. 

Whole grains have been linked to numerous health benefits, including lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. They also aid in digestion, help maintain a healthy weight, and keep you feeling fuller for longer. See my full post on Why Eat Whole Grains for more info. 

Not only are whole grains good for your health, but they also add a delicious nutty flavor and hearty texture to baked goods. In this recipe, we’ll be using whole-wheat flour to create a bread that’s both nutritious and delicious. So, let’s get started on making your own homemade honey whole wheat bread in your bread machine which is just one of the delicious recipes you can use whole wheat flour with. Be sure to check the bottom of the post for more bread machine recipes. 

Bread Machine and Grain Mill Recommendations

Before I dive into the ingredients, let me let you know what bread machine and grain mill I personally use for milling flour, baking breads, and mixing dough here at The Kitchen Garten. Here are the appliances I use and how long I’ve had them:

  • Whisper Mill Grain Mill (20 years old): I purchased this mill from a friend 12 years ago, and it has never given me a moment’s trouble. It mills a fine flour that’s perfect for all kinds of baking and is easy to store, though it clearly takes up a bit of space. I can’t say enough about how easy it is to use. You can see my video of How I Mill Grain at Home if you’d like to see it in action. Pleasant Hill Grain is where I recommend people buy their Whisper Mill (now called a Wonder Mill); they have a large selection of milling supplies.
  • Zojirushi Bread Machine (12 years old): This bread machine is a workhorse, mixing, kneading, and baking all consistently in one machine, and over the 12 years I have owned mine, there have been zero issues. I also love that it makes a normal looking loaf of bread due to the shape of its loaf pan, instead of a tall, skinny loaf like some machines. That’s just personal preference. Pleasant Hill Grain also offers this machine and others. 

These are the appliances I use, but there are certainly other good quality mills and bread machines out there. We all have our favorites; now, onto the recipe!

Ingredients for Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This homemade bread recipe is one of my family’s favorites. It’s a great recipe for those looking to make a standard loaf of bread, but also be able to make it into other things like dinner rolls, hamburger buns, and more.

To make this easy honey wheat bread recipe in your bread machine, you’ll need a few key ingredients. 

Now that you know what ingredients to use, let’s move on to the next section on how to actually make the bread in your bread machine. I’ll also give you some alternative instructions for using the machine through the dough cycle but then baking in your home oven. 

How to Make Bread Machine Honey Whole Wheat

Move over store-bought bread, and that white bread flour and prepare to be amazed at how soft and delicious homemade whole wheat bread can be. Here is how you can make this tasty bread machine wheat bread recipe:

  1. Begin by placing the bread machine pan in the machine and making sure the paddles are in. (Don’t ask me how my bread turned out the time I forgot to add the paddles.)
  2. As the bread machine manual for your machine probably states, you always want to add the liquids first. Begin by putting the warm water in the pan, followed by the honey, oil, and egg, slightly beaten. 
  1. Then begin adding the dry ingredients starting with the whole wheat flour. Sprinkle the salt around the edges of the flour, and finally, make a well in the center of the flour and add the yeast. 
  1. Set your bread machine to either the whole wheat cycle or create your own cycle if your machine allows it. (My personal settings for my saved bread cycle is below.)
  2. Remove the pan from the bread machine, remove from pan and place on a wire rack. Allow to cool for at least 20-30 minutes before slicing if possible. 

Select the Right Bread Machine Settings

To ensure that your honey whole wheat bread comes out just right, it’s important to select the appropriate baking settings on your bread machine. I find that the whole wheat setting on my Zojirushi bread machine bakes the bread too dark for my taste, so here are the presets that I use:

Preheat- 15 minutes

Knead- 20 minutes

Rise 1- 45 minutes

Rise 2- 28 minutes

Rise 3- 0 minutes

Bake- 40 minutes

Keep Warm- 0 minutes

If you’d like to only use your machine for mixing and the first rise, then use either the dough setting or use the above settings, stopping after rise 1. Remove dough from bread machine and punch it down. Use a dough cutter to cut dough in half and gently make 2 loaves, placing them in oiled loaf pans. Allow to rise in a warm place for 25-30 minutes, then bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.

By choosing the right settings, you’ll be able to produce a perfectly baked loaf that is golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. With this in mind, let’s move on to the next section where we’ll cover how to properly store your freshly baked bread so that it stays fresh and delicious for as long as possible.

How to Store Homemade Bread

After removing your honey whole wheat bread from the bread machine and letting it cool completely, you’ll want to make sure you store it correctly to maintain the quality and freshness of your homemade loaf. The best way to store homemade bread is by storing it in an airtight container or bag.

If you plan on consuming the bread within a day or two, you can keep it at room temperature. However, if you want it to last longer, you should store it in the refrigerator. Another storage option is to slice the bread and then freeze it. You can pull out as many pieces as you need without worrying about it going bad in the pantry.

Now that you know how to properly store your honey whole wheat bread, let’s dive into some common questions about this delicious and healthy bread.

Honey Whole Wheat FAQ’s

Now that you know how to make delicious honey whole wheat bread in your bread machine, you might have some questions about this tasty and healthy bread. Here are some frequently asked questions about honey whole wheat bread:

1. Can I substitute all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour in this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour, but keep in mind that this will change the texture and health benefits of the bread. Whole wheat flour is more nutritious and has a nuttier flavor, but all-purpose flour will make a lighter and fluffier bread. You can also try a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose if you’re trying to ease your way in. 

2. What’s the difference between honey whole wheat bread and regular whole wheat bread?

Honey whole wheat bread has a sweet and rich flavor from the honey, while regular whole wheat bread may use sugar to feed the yeast in the bread.

3. Can I make this bread without a bread machine?

Yes, you can make honey whole wheat bread without a bread machine, but it will require more time and effort. Kneading the dough by hand and letting it rise can take several hours, but it’s worth it for the delicious homemade bread. A stand mixer can also be used for the mixing and kneading process. Be sure to use the dough hook on your machine and place dough in a warm place to rise. 

4. Can I use a different type of honey?

Yes, you can use any type of honey in this recipe, but keep in mind that different types of honey have different flavors. Clover honey is mild and sweet, while buckwheat honey is darker and has a stronger flavor. I personally love gallberry honey, but use what you have!

I hope these answers help you make the perfect honey whole wheat bread for your family and friends. Happy baking!,

In conclusion, making honey whole wheat bread in your bread machine is a simple and enjoyable process that yields delicious and nutritious results. By incorporating whole grains into our diets, we improve our overall health and well-being. By following the steps outlined in this article, experimenting with different ingredients and settings, and storing your homemade bread properly, you can enjoy fresh and wholesome bread from the comfort of your own kitchen.

So go ahead, take the leap and start baking. Your taste buds and your health will thank you! As the saying goes, “Give a man bread, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to bake bread, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Yield: 1 large/2 smaller loaves

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

honey whole wheat bread on counter

Make delicious bread at home with this honey whole wheat bread machine recipe! This takes just minutes to put in the machine, and tastes so much better than store-bought bread.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 1/2 cups freshly milled whole wheat flour (I prefer hard white wheat, but you can use the variety you enjoy, and Azure Standard is a great way to buy bulk whole grains. )
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1/3 cup good quality olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast

Instructions

  1. Begin by placing the bread machine pan in the machine and making sure the paddles are in. (Don't ask me how my bread turned out the time I forgot to add the paddles.)
  2. As the bread machine manual for your machine probably states, you always want to add the liquids first. Begin by putting the warm water in the pan, followed by the honey, oil, and egg, slightly beaten. 
  3. Then begin adding the dry ingredients starting with the whole wheat flour. Sprinkle the salt around the edges of the flour, and finally, make a well in the center of the flour and add the yeast. 
  4. Set your bread machine to either the whole wheat cycle or create your own cycle if your machine allows it. (My personal settings for my saved bread cycle is below.)
  5. Remove the pan from the bread machine, remove from pan and place on a wire rack. Allow to cool for at least 20-30 minutes before slicing if possible. 

Notes

To ensure that your honey whole wheat bread comes out just right, it's important to select the appropriate baking settings on your bread machine. I find that the whole wheat setting on my Zojirushi bread machine bakes the bread too dark for my taste, so here are the presets that I use:

Preheat- 15 minutes

Knead- 20 minutes

Rise 1- 45 minutes

Rise 2- 28 minutes

Rise 3- 0 minutes

Bake- 40 minutes

Keep Warm- 0 minutes

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g
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