Make your Own Bread- Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Posted by Mrs Money on May 6th, 2008

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bread.jpgWell, just when Mr. Money thought I couldn’t get any more frugal or crazy as he probably thinks, I’ve shown him. Not only did I do laundry and hang it out to dry, I also baked bread. That’s right, I made homemade bread.

Last month I decided I was going to give it a try because I was sick of all the crap that is put into bread you buy at the store and I was tired of paying $3 a loaf for store brand organic whole wheat bread. My plan didn’t work out so well last month. I tried using my bread machine, and needless to say, my beautiful homemade bread tasted like sawdust. With a little glue.

In all my domesticness yesterday, I went grocery shopping and bought all the ingredients to make my homemade bread. I had high hopes for it this time. This time I was skipping the evil bread maker.

Here’s the recipe:

* 1/2 cup warm water
* 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
* 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
* 3 1/2 cups warm water
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/2 cup molasses
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 3 tablespoons lemon juice
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 9 cups sifted whole wheat flour
* 1/2 cup ground flax seed
* 1 cup quick cooking oats
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
* 3/4 cup cracked wheat
* 1 tablespoon sea salt

  1. Stir together the 1/2 cup water and applesauce in a small bowl. Dissolve the yeast in the mixture, let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes. Pour the yeast mixture into a large bowl with 3 1/2 cups of warm water, honey, molasses, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and eggs; stir together to combine well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, flax seed, sunflower seeds, cracked wheat, and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the yeast mixture until a smooth dough forms. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. Punch down dough, shape into loaves, and place in the pans. Allow to rise in pans until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until the loaves sound hollow when removed from the pan and tapped on the bottom.

It was heavenly! Not only did I (hopefully) save money, but I also avoided having to eat High Fructose Corn Syrup in conventional breads. I will definitely be making this again!

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5 Responses to “Make your Own Bread- Whole Wheat Bread Recipe”


  1. Grant says:

    We used to have a bread maker that you would just put all the ingredients into and it would do all the work for you. It made great bread, and it was nice because you knew everything that went into it.

    Not sure what happened to it… Maybe I should go digging through our closets.

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  2. Anon says:

    Did you calculate how much that loaf of bread costs?

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  3. Mrs Money says:

    Hi Anon- I would guess about $1.25 per loaf. I don’t think there’s much that tastes better than homemade bread though! ;)

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  4. sargnig says:

    This recipe is delicious and my family absolutely loves it! The only problem I had was that I did not have enough flour, so next time I will measure 9 cups of flour, then sift it.

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