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Homemade Whole Wheat Bread for Sandwiches (No Machine)

4.89 from 70 votes
Perfect for toasting, for sandwiches, and definitely perfect with some Irish butter, my Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe is packed full of oats, seeds, and other healthful ingredients.
A loaf of whole wheat bread sliced, viewed from the side.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Whole wheat bread is a grocery store aisle staple and a must-have for a lot of families when making a good (and sometimes day-altering) sandwich. Have you ever tried and failed to make whole wheat bread? Maybe it turned out too dense, didn’t rise, was as heavy as a brick, or the end product ended up too doughy? Don’t worry, a lot of home bakers and professional bakers have been there also. 

My Homemade Whole Wheat Bread for Sandwiches, adapted from this great recipe I found at AmbitiousKitchen.com, follows a simple rule to a perfectly soft, fluffy wheat bread.

As a bonus — this delicious bread is also secretly healthier than regular bread. It’s made with flaxseed, which has omega 3 fatty acids, pumpkin seeds and oats, high in antioxidants, sunflower seeds that pack in vitamins and minerals, and wholemeal flour wheat, which is high in fiber. 

[ Looking for something a little more advanced? Try making your own Sourdough Starter with my guide! ]

Whole Wheat Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour

Wheat kernels are made up of three parts: bran, germ, and endosperm. 

White flour is filtered, so only the endosperm, the starchy bit between the bran and germ, is the only part that is used. However, whole wheat flour is processed to include all three parts — making a bread full of vitamins and fibers and helps us feel full for longer. 

Sliced Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread.

What You Need To Make Whole Wheat Bread

How To Make Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

One of the major benefits of making your whole wheat bread at home is knowing exactly what ingredients are included. Avoid any unnecessary additives by dodging the bread aisle and making whole wheat bread using the following instructions (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): 

  1. Combine all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until they are combined.
  2. In a separate jug, stir together the milk, butter, and honey. Using either a microwave or a stovetop, heat this mixture until the butter has melted and the milk is slightly warmed.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the ball of the dry ingredients and mix until your dough has come together and forms a ball. I do this step by hand so I can feel what is going on with the dough.
  4. Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it with your hands for 8-10 minutes. You could also use the dough hook on an electric mixer to knead the dough at this stage. 
  5. Grease a large bowl with oil and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for around 90 minutes, or until it has doubled in size. 
  6. Shape the dough into a 9-inch long log and pinch the seams underneath. Place it into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan. Cover the loaf with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and allow it to rise again for 70-90 minutes or until the loaf has risen an inch above the rim. You will want to watch your dough to make sure it doesn’t rise too much, or it may deflate. 
  7. Carefully brush the top of the dough with egg wash and sprinkle a few more oats, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds on top of the dough to garnish. 
  8. Bake in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for 35-40 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown on top and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. 
  9. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the bread from the pan and place on the wire rack to finish cooling for at least 2 hours. You will want to wait until it is properly cooled before cutting into it, though it is tempting. Otherwise, the texture will change.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Whole Wheat Bread

  • Store whole wheat flour in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh for longer. Otherwise, the oils in it can go rancid. 
  • Double the recipe to make 2 loaves: one for eating now while the other you put in the freezer for later.
  • Slice and freeze the loaf so you have bread ready for toast.
  • Add in different seeds for your crust!
  • Don’t use all whole wheat flour! You will have a very heavy loaf. Do a ratio of roughly 2 white flour to 1 whole wheat flour. 

Top-down view of my Whole Wheat Bread for Sandwiches recipe.

How To Store Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Bread can be wrapped tightly and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. However, this recipe freezes wonderfully and makes great toast! Before freezing, slice your loaf, so it is ready to pop into the toaster. 

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

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Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Recipe for Sandwiches

4.89 from 70 votes
Perfect for toasting, for sandwiches, and definitely perfect with some Irish butter, you need to try my Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe.
Servings: 12 slices
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Proofing 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Perfect for toasting, for sandwiches, and definitely perfect with some Irish butter, you need to try my Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe.
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10oz/280g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (3¾oz/105g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup (1oz/28g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons instant dried yeast
  • 1 cup (8floz/240ml) whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons (1½oz/43g) butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • egg wash to glaze
  • extra oats and seeds for topping

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients (everything from white flour — yeast) and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  • In a separate jug, stir together the milk, butter and honey. Heat this mix until the butter has melted and the milk is warmed slightly. You can do this in the microwave or on the stovetop
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with until your dough comes together and forms a ball. I like to do this step with my hands so you can feel what is going on with the dough.
  • Place dough onto a well-floured surface and knead the dough with your hands for roughly 8-10 minutes. Alternatively use the dough hook on your electric mixer to knead the dough.
  • Grease a large bowl lightly with some oil and place in the dough. Cover with plastic wrap (or a shower cap) and a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise for about 90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • Next, grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. After the dough has risen, shape into a 9-inch long log and pinch the seams underneath. Place in a prepared pan, seam side down.
  • Cover the loaf with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and allow it to rise again for 70-90 minutes or until the loaf has risen an inch above the rim. Watch carefully because you don't want the dough to rise too much or it can deflate.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Carefully brush the top of the dough with egg wash. Sprinkle a few more oats, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds on top of the dough to garnish.
  • Bake for roughly 35-40 minutes or until loaf is golden brown on top and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pan and place on a wire rack to finish cooling for at least 2 hours. Do not cut the bread before it is completely cooled or the texture will change.
  • Bread should be wrapped tightly and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. It also freezes very well and makes great toast.

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Puji
2 months ago

Hai the bread came out amazing definitely better than regular store bought. We ask you so many questions and you are always available to help us out with them. There is not even one question of mine that you didn’t answer. It takes a lot of determination and effort to be this professional and helpful (especially with a baby around). You inspire and make regular people into bold bakers all over the world. Thank you so much.

Tracie E
Tracie E
2 months ago

Gemma,
Thank you for this amazing recipe! It is so soft, delicious and super easy. I love it. I really enjoy the fact that it all can be done by hand and I don’t need to pull out my heavy mixer. I have tried other recipes in the past and the dough was always a wet and very sticky mess and incredibly hard to work with. Not this one. It was perfection!!! Everyone, please try this!

Linda Batten
Linda Batten
2 months ago

Would this recipe be ok to make in a breadmaker? Wanted to say that I love your site and your recipes, especially the idea of making your own things like cream cheese and condensed milk. Have always had successes with everything i make from your ideas. Many many thanks. You’re the greatest!!

Pu M
2 months ago

The bread came out lovely. We always ask you all the questions and you are always there to help us. There is not even one question of mine which was not answered by you (even the dumbest ones🤪). I would like to thank you so much for the help. It takes a lot to be this professional and dedicated (especially with a baby around) you are an inspiration. Thank you so much.

Anvee
2 months ago

Surely going to try it soon

Tushar Tyagi
Tushar Tyagi
2 days ago

Hi Gemma –

After kneading, how hard or soft should the dough be? I have tried twice. While the taste is wonderful, but it isn’t rising as per I expect, and I suspect that I am not kneading it right. Can you advice ?

– Tushar

6 days ago

Hi Gemma. My bread didn’t rise. It’s quite flat and the crust very hard. What did I do wrong 🙈

Tors
11 days ago

Newbie here. Good evening. May i know why is there All purpose flour with the whole wheat? Thanks…

LisaCee
14 days ago

Oops – forgot the rating 😀 Also, I add whole millet in place of the flax seed – it adds a little crunch, and I like the texture.

LisaCee
14 days ago

Hey, Gemma! This is an awesome recipe. It can also be converted to a crusty, chewy sourdough loaf with a few slight modifications: replace the yeast with 50g sourdough starter, the milk with water, and omit the butter, then use your simple sourdough bread for beginners as a guide for preparation and baking. I submitted a photo example – YUM!

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