This is another variation on my bread recipe. It makes a delicious, hearty, healthy bread using whole wheat flour.

In the video, I mention the windowpane test for checking if you have kneaded your bread enough. You can see my demonstration video here.

Here are some of my other bread recipes:
How-to Make Homemade White Bread
How-to Make Gluten and Wheat Free Bread
How-to Make Homemade Raisin Bread
How to Make Homemade Dinner Rolls


Yield: Two loaves

  1. Put three cups of whole wheat flour, shortening, sugar (or honey/molasses) and yeast in large mixing bowl. Blend together with wooden spoon.
  2. Add water and another cup of flour. Blend together.
  3. Add 1 cup of white flour and the salt. Blend together.
  4. Dump contents of bowl onto counter and continue to blend by hand and knead the dough adding flour (white) as required to prevent sticking.
  5. Knead dough for 8 – 10 minutes or until you have a nice smooth ball that is no longer sticky.
  6. Place in large bowl greased with shortening and cover with a clean towel. Place in a warm, draft free area to rise until double in size (approx. one and a half hours).
  7. Punch down and shape into loaves. Place in greased 8″ loaf pans, cover with clean towel and allow to rise in warm, draft free area for another hour, until double in size.
  8. Remove towel and place in preheated 400°F oven, center rack, for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and pans. Brush crust lightly with butter or margarine and cool on wire racks.



  • 4 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 to 2 and 1/2 cups of White All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp of Fleishman’s Instant Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/4 cup of Shortening, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar, Honey or Molasses
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 2 cups of Hot Water (100°F)


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39 Responses to “Hearty and Healthy, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Recipe”

  1. Lou Ann says:

    Can the shortening be substituted?

  2. Li Jin says:

    Sweet News. You can keep giving us the scoop!

  3. Candra says:

    You sure can freeze them once they are cooled. That is what I do to all of my bread and it tastes just as fresh as the day you made it. I store my loaves in plastic bags in the freezer.
    Thanks for the great comments :)

  4. Renee says:

    Hello! Awesome website, have made both whole wheat and white bread now and love love the tasty reward! Can I freeze the loaves once cooled? Just wrap in some foil and freeze? DO they still taste fresh once thawed?

  5. Candra says:

    Thanks for the great comments! I will definitely do a video on puff pastry ASAP.

  6. Yvonne Brilhart says:

    I tried this..awesome !!!!! Thanks..
    O yeah, I tried to ask you by “Ask Candra” but there was some error.
    I want to ask you..please make a video about how to make puff pastry”

    Thank you… rock Candra !!