Whole-Wheat Bread (for the bread machine)

Whole wheat breadCould you use an simple yet delicious whole-wheat sandwich bread recipe for the bread machine?  This is it.  Inspired by Lisa Leake’s Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine), with a few tweaks has become my families favorite bread.

I prefer to bake with coconut oil over butter and often find just a few simple adjustments take a great recipe into a favorite.  Plus, I find it fun to experiment with a few options when it is a staple.  That way it doesn’t get boring.

My family has been so happy with the results of the honey whole-wheat bread that I had to share my adjustments with you.  Instead of using 4 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour, we use 3 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour and 1 cup white flour.  This makes it a little less dry and more kid friendly.

I also swap out the olive oil for melted coconut oil and increase the salt a bit.   We eat more bread plain then most, so the flavor was really important.   Additionally, to change it up, sometimes I substitute in 1/4 cup molasses for the honey.

So here is what my recipe looks like:

Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for the bread maker)

Add the flour and salt first.  Next add the coconut oil and the honey or molasses.  A trick to make this step easier, measure the coconut oil with your tablespoon and pour it into the 1/4 cup before pouring it into the flour mixture.  Then, when you add the honey to the 1/4 cup, it will pour out easily with no sticking to the sides.

Also on the subject of honey, try to use local raw honey.  I was able to find mine at Costco.  Next add the warm water, not too hot or it will kill the yeast.  And last, add the yeast.

In my breadmaker, I use the whole-wheat setting and large size and it comes out just right.  It takes 5 hours although this will vary depending on the machine.   It makes a nice size loaf and slices easily, even thin slices like the kids enjoy.

Hands down, one of my favorite blogs for recipes is 100 days of real food with Lisa Leake.  We really enjoyed making and eating the blueberry lemon bundt cake that I included in 50 Sweet Summertime Activities to Do With the Kids.  Since my family has egg, dairy and nut allergies, I just tweak the recipe to work for us.  I might have to share my version of this delicious cake with you in a future post.

Stay tuned for more recipes tested and tweaked for those with allergies and intolerances.  And try this bread.  It’s so easy to make fresh home baked bread with the help of a bread maker!

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