Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

A reader with three decades of baking experience shares his verson of homemade whole wheat bread.


| December 2006/January 2007



homemade whole wheat bread - baked loaves on cooling rack

This holiday season, consider giving the gift of homemade whole wheat bread.


Photo by Michael W. Rickert

I have baked bread for more than 30 years. I developed this recipe to get as much whole wheat as possible into a light, moist bread. I use coarse-ground wheat and high-protein, high-gluten premium whole-wheat flour from Dakota Prairie Organic Flour Co.

The keys to this recipe are the high-protein, high-gluten, whole-wheat flour, the coarse-ground wheat that keeps the bread moist, and the six hours it takes for the dough to rise, absorb the moisture and build a strong yeast.

Rickert’s Homemade Whole-wheat Bread
3 cups coarse-ground wheat
5 1/2 cups fresh whole-wheat flour
5 tsp yeast
6 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup canola oil
3 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
5 tsp salt
About 7 to 8 cups white bread flour

First, mix the coarse-ground wheat, whole-wheat flour, yeast and water in a large bowl. Cover and let rise for six hours. Then, stir in the rest of the ingredients, except for the white bread flour. Add the white bread flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring with a heavy wooden spoon until the dough becomes too thick to stir. Now, knead the dough, adding the remainder of the white bread flour.

Next, cover the dough with a towel and let it rise until it doubles—about 1 1/2 hours.

Sprinkle a little white flour on the countertop, then punch down the dough and form five equal loaves. Place one dough loaf on each end of a cookie sheet, and three dough loaves lengthwise in the middle.

sean namber henderson
1/25/2012 1:09:01 AM

This is the best recipe I have made so far. I've tried half a dozen whole wheat bread recipes. So far none have made a hit with everyone. This one is a keeper. I will surely go through this bucket of wheat in a short time. A word of caution. I used my kitchen aid and dough hook to mix this, and it was almost too much dough for the mixer. I recommend that you either halve the recipe to use in your mixer, or kneed it all by hand. Thanks Michael W. Rickert for sharing this one!






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