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Awesome Whole Wheat Bread

Lindsay13's picture

Awesome Whole Wheat Bread

I have mastered the perfect bread machine whole wheat recipe. While I love making bread "the real way" with a fussy one year old, sometimes I just don't have the time. This recipe I adapted from the recipe that came with my breadmaker.

For 1.5 lb loaf:

1 cup + 2 Tbsp water (room temperature, 75 to 85 degrees F or 24 to 30 C)

1 Tbsp + 1-1/2 tsp butter or margerine, softened

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1-1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

2-1/4 tsp. yeast (I found that active dry yeast works fine, but you can use breadmaker yeast too).

Use the whole wheat setting for your breadmaker.

Place ingredients into the bread pan in the following order: water, butter, sugar, honey, salt, flour, and flaxseed meal. With your finger, make a small indentation on one side of the flour. Add yeast to indentation, making sure it does not come in contact with the liquid ingredients.

That's all! Happy eating.

If anyone wants the amounts for a 2lb loaf let me know and I'll post them ;)

maxamilliankolbe's picture

So... I made this bread yesterday to try a whole wheat bread for when I'm in a rush, and it turned out pretty good. I used my Zojirushi that I got practically brand new for only $25!! Apparently the previous owner (in her 50's) couldn't really figure out how to use it and after a few trys decided to give it up. Actually, her daughter-in-law said she would rather play golf than bake bread, but I'm trying to give her some credit.


Anyway, that is not why I'm posting this. I used the quick setting since I was using instant yeast. Today I figured I'd try the basic setting along with the instant yeast since it had 3 rise cycles rather than just 2. Well, well, well. I almost screamed with fright when I saw what came out of that thing! It had grown several tumors and warts, and was nothing like what I had made yesterday. All the genetic materials were the same, flour, water, etc., but what was born today clearly had defects. It just goes to show you what can happen when you mess with the fragile gestation period of a loaf of bread.

Posted for your horror and hopefully amusement are the two loafs.

Healthy, good bread

good bread


good bread 2

Defective, ugly bread

ugly bread


ugly bread 2
browndog's picture

Yikes, that does look like something you'd find in a medical museum.

And it reminds me of a hilarious thread we had going some time ago--you might have won a prize with this entry. 

KipperCat's picture

Hmmn, is there a radiation cycle in your machine?  Great score on the Zo!

richard.saunders's picture

I've had my bread maker for over 1 year and have tried many recipes.  yesterday I found this recipe on the internet and decided to try it.  I added all the ingredients to the bread maker and started the machine.  It appeared to me that the recipe gave a very dry consistency to the doe compared to other recipes I've tried.  However, I resisted the temptation to add more  water.

The resulting bread is the best I've made so far.  It has very good flavour and really nice texture.  Makes good toast and sandwiches.  This is the only recipe that I've bookmarked and will use this as my wholemeal recipe into the future.