Honey Wheat Bread

$2.20 recipe / $0.18 slice
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Grocery prices just keep rising and we’re all feeling it, so I decided to revisit some of my old bread recipes. Because if there ever was a time to learn how to make homemade bread, it’s now! It only takes a couple of dollars to make this super delish homemade honey wheat bread that is soft, fluffy, flavorful, and perfect for toast or sandwiches. And while it does take some time to make a loaf of bread, most of that is hands-off time that you can use to tend to other business. ;)

Front view of a loaf of honey wheat bread sliced.

What’s in Honey Wheat Bread?

This recipe starts with the basic yeast bread ingredients: flour, salt, and yeast. Then I added a little honey to give the bread just a hint of sweetness and a little olive oil which helps keep the bread (and the crust in particular) nice and soft. I’ve used a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour for this bread to keep the texture light and fluffy.

Can I use All Whole Wheat Flour?

While you can make bread with 100% whole wheat flour instead of a mix of white and wheat, that tends to produce heavier, dense bread. Whole wheat flour absorbs more moisture than all-purpose flour, so you may need to adjust the ratios in this bread slightly. I find that for the best texture, a 50/50 mix of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour produces the best results.

How to Store Homemade Bread

It’s very important to let homemade bread cool completely to room temperature before storing to prevent trapping steam and creating condensation. Homemade bread doesn’t contain preservatives like store-bought bread, so you’ll need to either consume the bread quickly or freeze it for longer storage.

If storing your bread at room temperature, wrap the bread in cloth or paper to allow just enough airflow to prevent moisture build-up. Homemade bread will last about 2-3 days stored at room temperature.

If storing in the refrigerator, keep the bread in an air-tight container. This is my preferred method because I don’t usually eat bread that quickly. Bread stored in the refrigerator will stay good for about 5-6 days.

If you need to store your bread for longer, freeze it. I suggest slicing the bread prior to freezing so you can thaw or use 1-2 slices at a time as needed without thawing the entire loaf. I often toast my slices straight from the freezer for convenience! Make sure to freeze the bread in an air-tight, heavy-duty, freezer-safe container (like a freezer bag).

Overhead view of butter being spread on slices of wheat bread.
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Honey Wheat Bread

4.88 from 24 votes
This homemade Honey Wheat Bread is soft, fluffy, flavorful, and perfect for breakfast toast and all of your favorite sandwiches.
Overhead view of butter being spread on slices of wheat bread.
Servings 12 slices
Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 3 hrs

Ingredients

  • 1.25 cup warm water ($0)
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast or instant yeast ($0.34)
  • 2 Tbsp honey ($0.50)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil ($0.36)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour* ($0.57)
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour* ($0.38)
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt ($0.05)

Instructions 

  • Stir the yeast and 1 Tbsp of the honey into the warm water until dissolved, then set it aside for about five minutes to allow the yeast to activate. A thick layer of foam should develop on the surface of the water.
  • While waiting for the yeast to bloom, stir together 1 cup of the whole wheat flour with the salt.
  • Once the yeast is foamy, add the rest of the honey (1 Tbsp) and the olive oil and stir to combine. Pour the yeast water into the bowl with the flour and salt, then stir until combined. Add ½ cup more of whole wheat flour and stir until combined again.
  • Now start adding all-purpose flour, ½ cup at a time, until you can no longer stir the dough with a spoon. At that point, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and begin to knead all-purpose flour into the dough, a little at a time.
  • Knead the dough for about five minutes, slowly adding flour as you knead, or until the dough no longer sticks to your hands, but is still fairly pliable. I used 1.5 cups all-purpose flour total, but the total flour amount will vary with the type of flour used and relative humidity in the room.
  • Place the kneaded dough back into the mixing bowl and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise at room temperature for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  • Lightly coat a bread pan with oil. Punch the dough down to deflate, then take the dough out of the bowl. Shape the dough into a log about the same length of your bread pan.
  • Place the shaped dough in the bread pan and let it rise for anohter hour, or until it has risen about 2-inches above the edges of the bread pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Once fully preheated, add the risen bread and bake for 30 minutes, or until the bread is deeply golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool just a few minutes (to make it easier to handle), then carefully remove the bread from the pan to fully cool.
  • Once cool, slice and serve your delicious homemade bread!

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Notes

*The total amount of flour needed may vary depending on the brand of flour used and relative humidity. 
The crust of this bread will be quite firm when it comes out of the oven, but it does soften up considerably as the bread cools.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSodium: 294mgFiber: 3g
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Sliced loaf of whole wheat bread viewed from the side.

How to Make Honey Wheat Bread – Step By Step Photos

Proofed yeast in a glass measuring cup.

Start by dissolving 1 Tbsp honey and 2 tsp instant yeast or active dry yeast in 1.25 cups of warm water. Set the mixture aside to allow the yeast to bloom. It should develop a thick layer of foam on the surface.

Flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.

While waiting for the yeast to bloom, add 1 cup whole wheat flour to a bowl with ½ Tbsp salt and stir to combine.

Yeast water being added to the flour mixture.

Once the yeast has bloomed, stir another 1 Tbsp honey and 3 Tbsp olive oil into the yeast water, then pour that mixture into the bowl with the flour and salt. Stir to combine.

More whole wheat flour being added to the dough.

Stir another ½ cup of whole wheat flour into the dough.

all purpose flour being stirred into the dough.

Now start adding in all-purpose flour, ½ cup at a time until you can no longer stir the dough with a spoon.

Shaggy dough ball in the mixing bowl.

When a shaggy ball of dough forms that can no longer be stirred with a spoon, it’s time to turn the dough out onto a floured surface to knead.

Dough being kneaded with a measuring cup of flour on the side.

Begin kneading in more all-purpose flour a little at a time. Knead for about five minutes, or until the dough no longer sticks to your hands, but is still pliable. I used about 1.5 cups all-purpose flour in total, but the total flour amount can vary depending on the type of flour used and the relative humidity in the room.

Kneaded dough in the mixing bowl half covered with a cloth.

Place the kneaded dough back into the mixing bowl and cover it with a towel. Let the dough rise at room temperature for one hour, or until doubled in size.

Dough being punched down.

Once doubled in size, punch the dough down to deflate. Remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a log the same length as your bread pan.

Dough in a glass bread pan.

Lightly coat a bread pan with olive oil then place the shaped dough inside. Let the bread rise for another hour, or until it has risen about two inches above the top of the bread pan.

Risen bread in the bread pan.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Once the bread has risen, transfer the bread to the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the crust is deeply brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

Bread removed from the bread pan after baking.

After 30 minutes, remove the bread from the oven. Let it cool for just a few minutes to make it easier to handle, then carefully remove it from the bread pan to finish cooling.

Overhead view of sliced honey wheat bread.

Once cooled, slice and serve the bread, or store it for later!

Overhead view of butter being spread on slices of bread.
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  1. I don’t remember ever making homemade bread but I haven’t been able to find a store bought bread that I like, so I decided to give it a try. This is so easy and delicious!! This is going to be my go to bread recipe.

    1. Hi, Shola! We used a standard 9×5 (1.5-quart capacity) loaf pan. However, anything in that ballpark will work. If using a metal pan instead of glass, keep in mind that the outside of the loaf will cook slightly faster and you may see more browning than in our photos (but it will be equally yummy!). I have added the loaf pans we use to this recipe card (under Equipment) with a link to an Amazon page with more product info & ways to purchase. ~Marion :)

  2. Delicious! This will be my new go-to bread recipe. I was a little skeptical since the dough was really wet and sticky – I had to add a full cup more flour than the recipe called for to get the right texture – but it turned out perfectly in the end!