Baking the Basics: Bread

This basic recipe makes a healthy, hearty loaf of whole wheat bread.



5 ½ cups warm water

1 ½ tablespoons yeast

3 ½ tablespoons honey

1 ¼ tablespoons salt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

6 cups whole wheat flour

4 ½ cups white flour



1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water, yeast and honey, then let sit for 5 minutes.

2. Then add the salt and whole wheat flour and mix together.

3. While mixing, slowly add the white flour.

4. Split the dough in half, then turn it out onto a hard surface.

5. Knead one half until smooth, adding more white flour if the dough is sticky

6. Repeat the process with the second half, then combine the two.

7. Put the dough in a well oiled bowl, and let rest in a warm place to rise for 60-90 minutes

8. When done rising, punch the dough down and turn out onto the counter

9. Split into 3 equal pieces and place each in an oiled loaf pan.

10. Bake at 350 for one hour.