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Friday, May 11, 2012

Whole Wheat Breadmaker Bread

ETA: I've added two posts that are helpful to this:

breadmaker whole wheat bread
There was a time after I bought my wheat grinder years ago that I would make fresh bread by hand, but after I had kids I succumbed to the idea that if I wanted fresh bread it would have to come from a breadmaker. 

There are still times when life gets too crazy to have the time to grind wheat, plan ahead for bread, and cut it up.  But every now and then I get in a good swing with it, and it all works out.  Now is one of those times. 
I was having the hardest time perfecting my recipe because even though it worked perfectly during the winter months, the spring and summer months bring a new challenge because of the heat and humidity. 
breadmaker whole wheat breadBut I have FINALLY perfected my recipe for the spring months.  (Who knows if I’ll have to change it for the summer?!)  Here it is if you’re interested!
    • 1 2/3 Cups of water (microwaved for 1 minute)
    • 2 TBSP of coconut oil (or any other)
    • 1/4 Cup of any sugar
    • 2 Tsp of salt
    • 4 Cups of whole wheat flour
    • 3 TSP of yeast (Rapid Rise for Breadmakers)
Then here’s the trick!  Put it on the setting for regular white bread, not the longer setting for whole wheat bread.  And put it on a light crust cycle.  This is a shorter amount of rise time, so it doesn’t overinflate and then sink, which is so incredibly frustrating. 
breadmaker whole wheat bread
I usually get about 26 slices out of a loaf, and that makes it about 80 calories per slice.  They’re way worth it, too. 

Don’t forget to store it in an airtight container, and don’t refrigerate it or it will dry out.  Eat it up and enjoy!!!


  1. looks wonderful Annie! I might just try it and see if my breadmaker is still working!..
    Aunt Diane

    1. You should!!! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Look so YUMMY!! I stopped using my bread machine a LONG time ago and now since I am GF I prefer just to make it the old fashion way. BUT man that pix could make me cheat :)

    1. I would probably benefit from going GF, too, but I don't think that I could ever do it. Haha. Good for you, though! That takes some self-control!

  3. mmmmm, fresh bread. That looks so yummy! I never got the hang of using a bread maker so the hubby and I gave ours away.

    1. I had one that I could never get the hang of, and then I got an Oster, and I LOVE it! I think the difference is that I had the manual to the one I have now, and I didn't with the first one. If you do ever get one again, definitely buy it used. People get rid of them so often that it's pointless to buy them new. You can get them used that have barely been used at all. And if it doesn't have a manual, you can always just get it online.

  4. Great post, home made bread is superb and everytime I serve it warm my family tend to eat more of it than any bread.


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