Baking bread at home is like magic. It requires just a few ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, your house will smell amazing while it’s baking, and the flavor can’t be matched with packaged bread varieties.
Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich bread is packed with flavor and can be made start to finish in a few hours. This bread recipe makes for the perfect weekend baking project. And it will make for the very best toast and sandwiches all week long!
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Why Make Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread?
Why make your own bread when you can buy it at the store or local bakery, you ask? Well, for one, making it yourself is super rewarding. There’s nothing quite like mixing up flour and water and honey and yeast and coming out a few hours later with a gorgeous lofty loaf of bread.
Secondly, the aroma is probably reason enough to bake your own bread. But probably most importantly, homemade honey wheat bread is super flavorful from the whole wheat flour and honey and you know exactly what ingredients went into the making of.
Packaged breads are fine and dandy for convenience of course. I certainly buy them when I need to. I don’t have time to bake bread every week like I’d love to either. But, when I do have the time, there’s nothing quite like homemade bread.
How to Make Homemade Sandwich Bread
Making your own homemade sandwich bread is not as difficult as it may seem. I would recommend using a stand mixer to make this recipe, however, if you do not have one, you can certainly knead the bread by hand.
To start, bloom the yeast by letting it sit in warm water for about 5 minutes. the yeast should begin to smell yeasty (yes, that’s a word) and it should get foamy. If it does not, throw it away, run to the store to buy a fresh bag of yeast and begin again. The bread will not rise without active yeast.
Instant yeast can be substituted for active dry yeast in this Honey Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe. Skip the first step of blooming the yeast and instead mix all ingredients together and follow the rest of the instructions as stated. Keep an eye on the proofing (aka, rising) times when using instant yeast, as they may be shorter than stated in the recipe.
One the dough has come together, allow it to proof or rise until doubled in size. Punch it down and form it into a rectangle the length of your loaf pan. Roll the dough up into a tight cylinder, beginning with the long end, and press the dough at the seam to seal. Place in the loaf pan to rise again then bake.
Can I make this Honey Wheat bread vegan?
I have made this recipe successfully using good quality vegan butter. If you do not eat honey, you can try omitting it as well. I have not tried omitting the honey myself, so cannot be sure that the baked bread will have the same texture as the bread in the photos.
Can this bread be made gluten-free?
I have not tried making this bread using gluten-free flour. There are whole grain gluten-free flour varieties available at some supermarkets, however, I have read many times that these varieties do not act consistently in recipes to produce consistent results. I would recommend trying this recipe with a whole wheat or whole grain flour that you have used before and playing with the proportion of water to yield the desired result.
I would not recommend substituting gluten-free flour (white gluten-free flour, not whole wheat or whole grain) in this recipe, as it absorbs moisture differently than does whole wheat flour.
Can I freeze Honey Wheat Bread sandwich bread?
Yes! This bread freezes really well and I would recommend doing so if you have not consumed the entire loaf after 3 days. Simply slice the bread, place in an even layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Place frozen slices in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Remove by the slice when ready to eat. Thaw at room temperature and toast or place a slice in the microwave at 50% for 30-45 seconds then toast.
What size loaf pan should I use to make this bread?
I have used both a 9×5 inch loaf pan and an 8×4 inch loaf pan to make this honey wheat bread. I tend to like the 8×4 inch pan better for this recipe, as the bread is taller and has a nice big dome top. Either size loaf pan will work and the baking time is about the same for both. Check doneness with a thermometer starting at 40 minutes if this is your first time making this recipe.
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