Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Recipe
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This whole wheat sandwich bread makes the perfect housewarming bread! Nothing beats good homemade bread, made with love and care. And this whole wheat bread recipe is exactly that. Warm comfort straight from the oven.
If you’ve ever watched “It’s A Wonderful Life”, you may remember a part of the movie where George and Mary welcome the Martinis to their new house. Mary says to Mrs. Martini,
“Bread, that this house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor.”
Then George says to Mr. Martini,
“And wine… that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
I love this part of the movie because I’m a sucker for these types of traditions. They have so much meaning and good will behind them and sadly, they are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Many of these types of traditions are already extinct. I think this is a sad thing because these types of traditions add a certain “flavor” to everyday life that is lacking in our ever-busy, technologically “improved” lifestyle these days. But maybe by sharing this recipe, I can revive just a little bit of tradition.
Is Whole Wheat Bread The Same As Whole Grain Bread?
Whole wheat bread is whole grain bread, but whole grain bread isn’t necessarily whole wheat bread. Whole grain bread can be made from any whole grain including wheat, rice rye, or oats.
Is A Sandwich With Whole Wheat Bread Healthy?
That depends. It’s better than a sandwich on white bread, to be sure. But “healthy” is a subjective term and will also depend on what you put in between those slices of bread.
Why Whole Wheat Is Better Than White
Any time you strip away the nutritious part of a grain, it converts to sugar much faster in your body than a whole grain does. So your insulin takes a bigger, harder hit. Whole grains digest much slower, making things easier and healthier for your body.
About The Ingredients
Warm water – hot, but cool enough to stick your finger in it without burning yourself.
Instant yeast – active dry yeast.
Sucanat – or honey.
Vital wheat gluten – found at most health food stores.
10-grain cereal – uncooked – I used multi-grain cereal from Trader Joe’s.
Oat flour – You can buy this or grind your own from whole oats in a blender.
White whole wheat flour – This is pretty widely available.
Olive oil – or any light flavored oil.
Salt – use whatever type you normally cook or bake with. I used pink Himalayan salt.
How To Make Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
Butter two standard loaf pans.
Combine all ingredients in a large stand mixer bowl with a dough hook and mix on low for approx 3 minutes until combined. Turn up to medium-low and continue kneading for 7 minutes (Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Then add the wet ingredients and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes).
Place dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allow to rise until doubled, approx 1 hour.
Gently press down on the dough to release any air bubbles and divide into two equal pieces. Shape and put each into a 9×5 prepared pan. Allow it to double again, about 1 to 1½ hours. If you like, you can brush the top of your loaves with some melted butter, but this is not a necessary step. It just gives the crust a nice texture. You can also sprinkle the top of the loaf with seeds such as sesame, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F.
When the dough is ready, place it in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. you will know when bread is ready when it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, OR if you have a kitchen thermometer, plunge it into the center of one of the loaves, if the temperature registers between 190 – 210F, it’s done.
Cool on a wire rack to room temperature and slice with a serrated knife.
How To Store Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
Place the loaf in a food-safe plastic bag and store it in the fridge for up to approximately 5 days.
How To Freeze Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
If you can’t use up a whole loaf in 5 days, freeze some of it! The trick is to wrap it twice. First, wrap it in plastic wrap as tightly as you can. Make sure you wrap the entire thing. Then place the wrapped loaf into a zipper-top, freezer-safe, plastic bag. Get as much air out of it as you can and close it up.
I would like to also say thank you to Angelica Z. for sharing this recipe with me. It’s wonderful! I had to change the recipe slightly based on what I had, but it’s a really great recipe.
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Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
- 3 cups warm water (hot, but cool enough to stick your finger in it without burning yourself)
- 1 tbsp. instant yeast (active dry yeast)
- 1 tbsp. Sucanat (or honey)
- ¾ cup vital wheat gluten (found at most health food stores)
- ¼ cup 10-grain cereal (uncooked – I used multi-grain cereal from Trader Joe’s)
- 1½ cups oat flour
- 5½ cups white whole wheat flour
- ½ cup olive oil (or any light flavored oil)
- 2 tsp. salt
- Butter two standard loaf pans.
- Combine all ingredients in a large stand-mixer bowl with a dough hook and mix on low for approx 3 minutes until combined. Turn up to med-low and knead for 7 minutes. (Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Then add the wet ingredients and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes).
- Place dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allow to rise until doubled, approx 1 hour.
- Gently press down on the dough to release any air bubbles and divide into two equal pieces. Shape and put each into a 9×5 loaf pan. Allow it to double again, for about 1 to 1½ hours. If you like, you can brush the top of your loaves with some melted butter, but this is not a necessary step. It just gives the crust a nice texture. You can also sprinkle the top of the loaf with seeds such as sesame, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F.
- When the dough is ready, place it in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. you will know when bread is ready when it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, OR if you have a kitchen thermometer, plunge it into the center of one of the loaves, if the temperature registers between 190 – 210F, it's done.
- Cool on a wire rack to room temperature and slice with a serrated knife.
Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread!
I have been following your blog for about a month now, and every recipe I have tried has been wonderful. This bread is so delicious. I didn’t have any ten grain cereal, so I just left it out and man was it tasty!
Thank you for sharing your story and for all the wonderful work you put into this site. Eating clean is now becoming my way of life and sites like yours make doing so much more enjoyable and fun!
Thanks so much Sarah! I’m so happy you enjoyed the bread! 🙂
I don’t have a stand mixer either. I mix all my bread recipes by hand. I don’t have a bread machine, so I can’t comment on that, Sorry!
Have you tried buying them via amazon.com? You may find them cheaper there. Whole grain flours can be a little more expensive, but I’ve never seen that big of a difference where I live. So it could just be location.
I finally made his, i didnt hv honey so used agave, didnt hv oat flour so used brown rice flour, couldnt find the 10 grain cereal so used a 4 grain one. This is the perfect bread!!! Actually made three loafs for me, i hv been looking for the perfect bread recep and i am sold!!! Will never buy store bought again! Thanks tiffany!!
Some health food stores carry it. I got mine at whole foods. You can also order it on Amazon.com. It helps your dough be spongier and more elastic. At least that’s my understanding…
Do you need to grease the pans before putting the dough in (and if so, what do you recommend using)? This recipe looks delicious! I’ve appreciated your website so much as our family has stepped into clean eating. Thanks for all that you do!
I have an oil sprayer (about $10 at Bed Bath & Beyond). I just fill mine with olive oil and spray. Works great!
Hi! I made this last weekend and LOVED it! It has been great for sandwiches for the family. We are new to clean eating and your website has be SO helpful! I made this a couple other of your recipes and blogged about it, if you want to check it out. 🙂 Thank you for everything!
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Is it possible to make this without a bread hook?
Yup! You can knead by hand as well.
What kind of cereal are we talking? Like cheerios?
Thanks so much!!
Ashley – No, like mixed oats and grains. I get mine at Trader Joe’s. It comes in a tub like regular oatmeal. It just has other grains mixed in.
Ok! Thank you so much!!
I just pulled it out and made a PB&J (not completely clean), and I am tempted to make a second sandwich.
thanks for the recipe!
Amber – My pleasure!! 😀
This comment is not so much about the bread. I haven’t tried to make it yet but plan on it today! But just wanted to thank you for being so candid with your personal life. It’s ups & downs. My family has had the same experience with foreclosure & job loss. I know how hard it is to stay positive & focused on the good things and it seems like you are doing great. I enjoy all your recipes and thank you for your hard work!
Joy – Thank you so much! It’s hard, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that.
Are there any clean breads out there that you can buy that is similar to the sandwich bread recipe you have? I am going to try the recipe but am thinking for the weeks that I have limited time? My girls are so picky about their breads and like the softer breads. Thanks much.
Janean – If you don’t mind soy, Trader Joe’s has a California Protein bread that is pretty good. But if you are avoiding soy, then Ezekiel bread and Berlin Natural Bakery bread (the sourdough) are the only clean breads I know of that you can purchase.
Hi I am wanting to make this bread today but I do not have any gluten. What would happen if I leave it out.
Cindi – The bread will taste the same but it won’t be as soft/spongy.
Any substitutes for 10 grain cereal? I can’t seem to find it…
Laura – You could just use traditional oats.
I really enjoyed making the house warming bread, I can see from your comments that I am really late to this party. I see that most of your comments were from long ago but the bread was still fun to bake. With everything that is still going on with COVID-19, it has been hard to get the bread that my family likes, when we get any bread right now it is stale or very close. It was nice to have fresh bread ,I really liked this recipe and the family loved the bread. Thanks for a healthy, fun recipe.
Keith – Thank you so much! Yes, this recipe has been up for a while. But a good recipe never goes out of date. 🙂 So happy you all enjoyed it! Nothing beats a fresh loaf of bread out of the oven!