Honey Wheat Bread

When was the last time you baked your own bread at home? Well, here is a recipe for Honey Wheat Bread to start your new tradition of baking bread for your friends and family.

Just imagine the house filling with the scent of freshly baked warm homemade bread coming out of your very own oven. The wholesome whole wheat flavor in this bread is heightened by the addition of buttermilk, honey, and butter making for soft and tender slices of bread that no one will be able to resist. Perfect for sandwiches piled high or toasted and slathered with butter and jam. With just a few ingredients and a little time, you will find satisfaction in making your own Honey Wheat Bread at home.

The recipe for Honey Wheat Bread is perfect for those who are learning to make and bake yeasted bread. With this recipe, you’ll learn the basics of mixing, kneading, folding, preshaping, final shaping and baking the yeasted bread dough.

Understanding the basics: The method for this recipe is called the Straight-Dough Method in where all the ingredients are combined, mixed, kneaded, fermented, formed, proofed, and baked within 4 hours from start to finish. This style of bread is also known as an Enriched Bread. The addition of butter, honey, and whole fat buttermilk tenderizes the crumb structure and adds depth of flavor since we are not relying on long fermentation to develop flavors. The addition of bread flour in the recipe helps to lighten the loaves producing a soft and tender texture when baked. The dough hydration is at 67% due to the bran and germ in the whole wheat flour. This makes for a sticky dough when it first comes together but will become easy to knead once the bran and wheat germ completely absorb the water. *(See note below in step 5 of Mixing and Kneading)

NOTE: As with all baking recipes I recommend you weigh the ingredients for the Honey Wheat Bread. Weighing ensures you have a consistent dough each and every time. As bakers, we are always striving to remove any variables from the process of baking.

Equipment: (Shop my Amazon Page for Ingredients & Equipment)

  • Measuring Cup & Spoon/Electronic Baker’s Scale
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Plastic Bowl Scraper
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Non-Stick Spray or Oil
  • 10-inch x 5-inch Bread Pans – 1.5 lb. Loaf Pan (25.4cm x 12.7cm)
  • Cooling Rack

Honey Wheat Bread (2 Pan Loaves)©

  • Measured               Grams              Ingredients
  • 2 cups                           454 g.             Water (room temperature)
  • 1 cup                             227 g.             Buttermilk (Whole Fat, room temp.)
  • 2 tsp.                                 6 g.              Instant Yeast
  • 6 Tbsp.                            86 g.             Butter (unsalted, room temp.)
  • 1/3 cup                         114 g.             Honey
  • 4 cups                           567 g.             Whole Wheat Flour (King Arthur Flour)
  • 3-¼ cups                       454 g.             Bread Flour (Unbleached, Unbromated)
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp.              26 g.             Sea Salt (fine)

Mixing and Kneading the Honey Wheat: (Straight Dough Method)

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the water, buttermilk, instant yeast, butter, honey, and whole wheat flour. Beat with a rubber spatula until smooth batter forms.
  2. To the mixing bowl add the sea salt and bread flour. Fold and stir until the dough becomes a shaggy mass. 
  3.  Use a plastic scraper to scrape off the rubber spatula.
  4. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and turn the dough onto the work surface.
  5. Use the plastic scraper to help fold and knead the ingredients until a cohesive dough forms. Using the plastic scraper the dough off your hand and to bring it back together from the work surface. *(Note: the dough will be sticky at this point. Do not add any extra flour)
  6. Knead the dough for 6 to 8 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  7. Form the dough into a ball.
  8. Lightly spray or oil a clean bowl and place the dough into the bowl and cover with plastic.
  9. Ferment the dough for 1 hour at room temperature at 68º-74ºF (20º-23ºC).
  10. After 1 hour. Uncover the dough and fold the dough. (see video timestamp 2:32)
  11. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap and ferment the dough for 1 hour at 68º-74ºF (20º-23ºC).
  12. After 1 hour, uncover the dough and turn out on to a lightly oiled work surface.
  13. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces weighing approximately 980 grams
  14. Form and preshape the dough into rounds.
  15. Cover the rounded dough pieces with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes before final shaping the loaves

Final Shaping and Baking the Honey Wheat Bread:

Preheat the oven to 375℉ (190℃) 30 minutes before baking the Honey Wheat Bread

  1. Lightly spray the Bread Pans with non-stick spray or oil.
  2. Working with one piece of dough at a time. Turn the dough over onto the smooth side and degas the dough. Knock out any large air pockets with the palms of your hands.
  3. Form the dough into a rectangle 10-inches x 12-inches (25mm x 30mm) with your hands. Lift the dough from the surface if necessary during shaping. (video timestamp 4:12 to 4:18)
  4. Starting at the 10-inch edge (25mm) tightly roll and press the dough using your fingertips. Continue to roll the dough into a tight log shape and seal the seam. (video timestamp 4:19 to 4:34)
  5. Place the shaped dough seam side down into the prepared Bread Pan. (video timestamp 4:35)
  6. Continue and final shape the second piece of dough.
  7. Cover the Bread Pans loosely with plastic wrap and final proof the shaped loaves for 1-½ to 2 hours at 68º-74ºF (20º-23ºC) or until the loaves have doubled in volume. Use the finger test to check loaves.
  8. After 1-½ to 2 hours or when the dough has doubled remove the plastic wrap from the top of the loaf bread pans.
  9. Place the loaf bread pans into the lower third of the oven spacing the pans evenly.
  10. Bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn and move the loaf bread pans around once to ensure even baking and color on the loaves. Bake until the tops of the loaves are rich golden brown.
  11. Remove the baked loaves from the oven and immediately remove the Honey Wheat Bread from the baking pans and place them on the cooling rack.
  12. Brush 1 tablespoon of melted butter over each loaf of warm bread and let the loaves cool completely to room temperature before slicing.
  13. Slice the cooled loaves using a serrated bread knife.
  14. Enjoy!

Note: Store the Honey Wheat Bread in a plastic bag for up to 5 days or double wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 months. Thaw the frozen loaf in the plastic wrap to room temperature before slicing and eating.

86 thoughts on “Honey Wheat Bread

  1. Leslie

    Hello, this recipe looks amazing. I have a question regarding the butter. My single stick of butter is “4oz(113g)” … that’s 8 tablespoons. Are your gram units correct? I’m trying to switch from cups, etc to grams for all my baking and was adding more than 6T to my scale and still didn’t reach 86g

    1. Alejandro Ramon

      Hello Leslie, It is nice to meet you. I appreciate you commenting on the volume measurement vs weight measurement (grams) in my baking recipes. Measuring tools (cups/spoons) are not accurate as every manufacture slightly differs in size. Baking is a science and this is why we as bakers perfect use weight measurements (grams) for accuracy in the formulation of our recipes. We can scale up or down and produce the same results each and every time. All of my baking recipes have this notation.
      NOTE: As with all baking recipes I recommend you weigh the ingredients for the Honey Wheat Bread. Weighing ensures you have a consistent dough each and every time. As bakers, we are always striving to remove any variables from the process of baking.
      I’d love to hear about your baking adventure making this or any of my other recipes. Thank you for taking the time to write. Have a great day!

  2. Josie

    I’m so glad that I discovered this recipe, as prior to it, I wasn’t able to bake a decent loaf of honey wheat bread. Can this recipe also be used to make Parker house dinner rolls?

    1. Alejandro Ramon

      Hello Josie,

      Yes, you can divide the dough into the portion size you desire and follow the same technique you use to shape and form the Parker House Dinner Rolls.

      Please let me know if you should have any other questions. Thank you for writing and have a great day!

      (P.S. Check out my response to Kelly as she asked about how to make dinner rolls from the Honey Wheat Bread recipe)

      1. Josie

        Thank you, Alejandro! I’m looking forward to your new recipes this year and hoping for a croissant recipe! 🙂

  3. Kelly

    Would any of the ingredient amounts change if you wanted to make these into dinner rolls instead of loaf bread?

    1. Alejandro Ramon

      Hello Kelly,

      There is no need to change anything in a bread recipe to make dinner rolls. In step 13 divide the dough into the portion size you desire and then round and preshape each piece into a ball. Here are 3 technique demonstrating how to shape buns or rolls in my Homemade Hamburger Bun video (video timestamp 3:56): https://youtu.be/p5PLgSyRhfQ?t=236

      I find it best to weight the dough just as I am getting ready to divide it and then divide the total weight by the number of buns (dinner rolls) I want to make.

      Example: The dough weights approximately 1960 grams ÷ 24 rolls = 82 grams (2.90 oz) each

      Cover the dough and let rest for 30 minutes before final shaping into a round before placing onto a parchment lined sheet tray and cover with plastic and let ferment for 1-½ to 2 hours at 68º-74ºF (20º-23ºC) or until doubled in size.

      Bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for 14 to 18 minutes. Turn and move the sheet pans around once to ensure even baking and color on the rolls. Bake until the tops of the rolls are a light golden brown.

      You can use this technique for any yeasted bread dough recipe.

      Please let me know if you should have any other questions. I’d love to hear how your rolls turn out for you. Thank you for taking the time to write and have a great day. Happy Baking!

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