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The Easiest Whole Wheat Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Make

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    64 responses to “The Easiest Whole Wheat Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Make”

    1. I feel so special to be mentioned by name 🙂 And I can’t wait to try this bread! You put it up just in time…I’m due to make more bread in a couple days!

      Where do you get your flaxseed? And do you grind it yourself or can you buy it milled?

      Thanks SO much!!

      • It’s the least I could do to mention your name. 😉

        I bought my milled flaxseed at Whole Foods. Last time, I bought Bob’s Red Mill milled flaxseed; I’ve never ground it myself.

        I hope you like it!

        • I’ll admit, I’m a little afraid to go to Whole Foods. I’m afraid that once I go, I’ll become addicted and never be able to go to a normal grocery store again! And I’m not sure my food budget can allow that 🙂

          P.S. I’ve started reading In Defense of Food. Wow. It is awesome!

          • You know, Whole Foods really isn’t that much more expensive, especially if you buy most of your food from the produce section or bulk section. Give it a go. 🙂

            I’m so glad you like that book!

            • Ok, you’ve convinced me 🙂 (Took a lot huh?) Are there any other similar stores that you know of/would recommend in Utah?

            • hahaha! I love convincing people so easily! I like Good Earth, but I don’t remember if they have produce…

    2. I read this in my google reader last night but it wouldn’t pop up on your site until today. Weird. I couldn’t WAIT to comment. I love that you fell asleep while it was rising, lol. SO excited to make this. And that Bosch contraption you have… I have NEVER seen it. Is it for hard core bread makers like yourself?? Chris + I would looove this bread..mmm Now, come over and lets play + bake all day. NOW!!! I also need a reason to use my food scale….not for calorie counting but for baking accuracy. And, I think you are probably OCD and wanted an excuse to use your food scale…am I right? 😉 Lastly, I want a GARMIN watch!!!

      • I was having publishing issues last night – sorry to make you wait!

        The Bosch mixer is the kind of mixer my mom always had growing up [but her’s is like industrial strength and not made of plastic like mine]. It’s like an ugly version of a kitchen aid. It’s really good at handling lots of dough – my mom’s machine can make a dough for FOUR loaves. I’ve never tried that many because uh, there are just two of us. YES!!! I would love a play/bake date. Please, let’s make it happen. I miss the mountains anyway. 😉

        And um, yes, I’m a little OCD. Good guess. But I’m sure you only guessed because you are the same way! 😉

        Yes, you do want a Garmin watch. But if you have any OCD tendancies, it may drive you crazy sometimes.

    3. I wish I was good at making bread. I can make banana bread but when it comes to yeast and all that responsibility…I fail. lol maybe when you come out to SL next you can come over and make bread with me? 🙂

      • It just takes practice to get a feel for how the dough should look/feel, etc. I’d love to give you a tutorial sometime!

      • No idea…I have never touched a bread maker in my life. 🙂 But seriously – this is the easiest bread in the world to make without a bread mixer.

        • So I made the bread today and sent you a text picture of my process(I am not as smooth as you) but it is taking FOREVER to rise… I am nervous since this is my first legit bread I have made. How long does it usually take to rise? Should it be somewhere warm? would that even help? i am just super excited to eat it!!! You are the best!

          • Hi love! sorry, I’m just checking my comments and just saw your text! Beautiful red Kitchen Aid! The first rise takes about 30-60 minutes. What kind of yeast did you use? A warm spot does help but as long as your kitchen is freezing it should rise. Did it work out??? I hope so!!!

            • It was AMAZING!!! Thank you SOOO much! We love the bread. It was fun making it the legit way and not cheating with the bread maker. I will admit though that i am excited to try it in the maker next time to see the difference. Thank you SO much for the recipe! I also made Quinoa for the first time tonight. It was SO good! I boiled it with a crushed garlic clove and chicken bouillon. I heated up on the stove a can of black beans and one can stewed tomatoes. Seasoned it with Cumin, garlic salt and dried minced onions. It was so good! Thanks for the Quinoa introduction! I LOVE the texture. It makes it so fun to eat.

            • Lizzie I am SO proud of you!!! Homemade bread – the real way! – and quinoa in one night??? You rock!! I’m so happy you liked everything. <3 you. LOTS 🙂

    4. Teri-Thanks for sharing. I got a new bread maker/mixer for Christmas and haven’t used it yet. Hopefully a new recipe will get me in the spirit!

      • I hope the bread turns out well for you Janie! Miss you! Can’t wait to see your preggo belly! 🙂

        • Terri-Hey! I made my first round artisan bread last night! I was impressed it tasted as good if not better than many restaurants… As for the prego belly, I think it popped out over night b/c I have been the topic of discussion at work today. I am definitely not used to people looking at my tummy and not used to this round thing protruding out of me, it’s weird! I am looking at flights to NC for the weekends of May 7 and 14th, will you and Courtney be in town?!

          • I’m so glad your bread turned out well! Way to go! 🙂

            I was thinking of going to Utah over the 7th for Mother’s Day but nothing is set in stone yet. We are going to Seattle in May but probably not those weekends. And I’m pretty sure Courtney will still be around. That will be so fun to have you here!!

    5. I recently began making my own wheat bread and am hooked! It’s so tasty and good for you. 🙂 I use applesauce instead of oil in my recipe and can’t even tell a difference!

      • I know, it’s so much better than the store bread! I use applesauce in everything else as a substitute for oil, but never thought about trying it for bread! I’ll give it a whirl next time. 🙂

    6. Okay, I am adding a bread maker to my wish list! I feel like it would make the whole process so much easier : )

      The bread looks fab!!!

      • I’ve never used a real bread maker, but I do love my Bosch mixer! It does the hard work for me (kneading) and I don’t mind the rest. 🙂

    7. I am going to try this! Do you have any smoothie flaxseed recipes that are yummy??

      • I throw ground flaxseed into EVERYTHING and every kind of smoothie since it doesn’t change the taste, but I’ll put up a couple recipes of my favorite smoothies soon. Love ya girl!

    8. Hi Teri, I found your blog while searching for bread recipes and I just made your whole wheat flax bread. I had a slice for dessert tonight with PB&J and I wanted to say THANK YOU!! Thank you for inspiring me to get over my fear of bread making without a machine. Thank you for providing great photos to go along with the recipe. And, most importantly, thank you for sharing such an awesome bread recipe on your site. I’ll be writing a post soon about the experience and I know I’ll be back to try out some of your other recipes soon. Thanks again!
      .-= katherine´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

    9. I don’t have a bread mixer, but I would still like to make this. Do you think it would work if I mixed it by hand?

      • Oh definitely. This is a great bread recipe to do by hand since it doesn’t require kneading. I would use a very large bowl to mix it in, and use a wooden spoon, mixing well until it all comes together away from the sides of the bowl. Let it rise in that bowl and then dump it on the counter and knead it just a couple times to make sure it’s all incorporated together. Let me know if you have any specific questions!

      • This bread is amazing! I was getting tired if spending so much money on organic bread my kids didn’t like and decided to give this recipe a try. It was a huge hit! Next time I’m doubling the recipe. Thanks for sharing, Teri!

    10. i just made this and it is absolutely delicious. it came out perfectly and i was so excited to have a successful first attempt at baking break. thank you so much for a wonderful recipe!

    11. Really interesting to know that the flour has made a difference! I have the King Arthur whole grain baking cookbook and it explains that their flours are significantly higher in gluten than most other brands of flour out there. I almost always use theirs for this reason!

    12. Thanks so much for the recipe! This is the first homemade bread I have ever made-and it’s delicious. :o)

    13. Oh my!! I have been on a hunt….and I do mean an obsessive HUNT for a 100% whole wheat bread (preferrably with flaxseed) recipe! I can’t believe I stumbled upon your recipe. I am {speachless} excited to try this recipe! Thank you Teri!

    14. hello i had a question after the dough rises the first time. I mixed it to get it to come down, then i felt it and it was still tacky! It was very hard to roll it since it stuck to every crevice on my hands. Is it supposed to do that? What did I do wrong?

    15. I have never before ever written a comment about a recipe but I had to come back and tell you thank you for this awesome recipe. This is absolutely the best wheat bread I have ever tasted and it is the absolutely easiest to make. I used a bowl and a wooden spoon and did everything as you outlined and this came out perfectly. I did not knead it before the first rise, but when I turned it out on the floured surface I kneaded briefly maybe for a minute. By the way I added some shredded coconut (about half a cup).I encourage everyone to absolutely try this bread, this will become your go to bread for every single time. Thank you so much for this recipe and I am thrilled I found your site.

    16. I know this is an old post, but just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for this recipe! I gave it a try today and it is the best bread I’ve had in a LONG time. I’m getting started with baking my own bread and this is my new favorite recipe.

    17. This bread is so good! I’ve been making it for about a month now, except last weekend when I decided to be lazy and bought store bought bread. It literally tasted like cardboard after making this bread for so long! Thanks for sharing!

    18. Thanks so much for this recipe — I loved it.

      I’m on a strict 1-tbsp-of-ground-flax-per-day regimen, and I tested this recipe to see if it’d do. Wow, it’s great – slices are dense but not overwhelmingly healthy.

      I made these individualizations – in a double batch, I tripled the amount of ground flax meal (3 whole cups!) and did an equal decrease in King Arthur whole wheat flour. I also added an entire 12-oz bag of Craisins, and doubled the salt to give it a slightly salty-sweet dynamic. So glad I did this – I love the little cranberry bites.

      Thanks again for the great recipe.

      • Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it! I’m so glad! your tweaks sounds delicious!

        Do you mind sharing why you’re on a strict 1 T of flax per day regiment? I’m just curious!

    19. This turned out to be terrific! I didn’t put it in a loaf pan. Instead I shaped it like an artisan loaf. The result was beautifully soft and fluffy!

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