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Whole Wheat Bread

A flavorful and nutritious whole wheat bread that is easy to make.

About 1 hour

3 loaves


  • 4 1/2 cups warm water (105° – 115°F)
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 T salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 T yeast
  • 10-12 cups Homestead Whole Red Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten*


Combine warm water, oil, salt, honey and yeast. Add 3 cups of flour. Mix until smooth and all lumps are gone. Add gluten.

Slowly add enough flour to make a smooth and elastic dough. Knead for 10-15 minutes. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl to rise for about 1 hour.

Punch down and shape into 3 loaves. Let rise until double and bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes.

Note: Make sure the dough is quite soft because the flour will continue to soak up liquids throughout the process.

Adding gluten makes a lighter, more airy loaf.