Honey Whole Wheat Bread


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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

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    Why buy honey whole wheat bread when you can make it? Our easy recipe is perfect for beginner and advanced bakers.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 12
    1 (0.25-oz.) pkg. active dry yeast
    ¼ c. warm water, (105-to-115 degrees)
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee salted butter, plus additional melted for brushing
    1 c. Hy-Vee 2% reduced-fat milk
    1 ⅓ c. Hy-Vee whole wheat flour
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee honey
    1 Hy-Vee large egg, room temperature, slightly beaten
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    2 to 2-2/3 c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour

    Things To Grab

    • Large bowl
    • Saucepan
    • Whisk
    • Thermometer
    • Plastic wrap
    • 8x4x2-inch loaf pan
    • Silicone pastry brush
    • Wire cooling rack


    1. Dissolve yeast in warm water; set aside. Place 2 tablespoons butter in a large bowl. Heat milk in saucepan to a simmer; pour over butter in bowl. Whisk until butter is melted. Whisk in whole wheat flour and honey. Cool to 105 to 115 degrees. Add yeast mixture, egg, and salt. Stir in as much all-purpose flour as you can. 

    2. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double, 1-1/4-to-1-1/2 hours. 

    3. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Lightly grease an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Pat dough into oval shape. Fold top third of dough toward center, then fold bottom third on top of layers. Pinch seams together. Place, seam side down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double, 30 to 45 minutes. 

    4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 35 minutes. Loosely cover with foil to prevent over-browning. Bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until internal temperature reaches 205 to 210 degrees. Bread should sound hollow when tapped. Remove bread from pan. Lightly brush top of loaf with additional butter. Cool completely on a wire rack. 

    Nutrition facts


    170 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 3.5g
    • Cholesterol: 20mg
    • Sodium: 230mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 29g
    • Protein: 5g

    Daily Values

    Iron 10%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%