A delicious soft homemade sandwich bread made with 50% whole wheat flour. An easy to make yeast bread for your everyday sandwich bread needs.
I love fresh homemade bread – the smell, the taste and even the process of making it. There’s something so satisfying about kneading the dough, watching it rise and pulling fresh loaves out of the oven. Pure satisfaction!
While I love a good sturdy whole grain, sourdough or rye bread, once in a while I also enjoy a lighter, softer style bread like this one. Unlike other whole wheat bread recipes, this one is quite light and not overly sweet as it’s sweetened with 2 tablespoons of sugar instead of molasses or honey. Even the most staunch white bread lover will enjoy this sandwich bread!
Another great thing about this recipe is that you can also use it to make dinner rolls or hamburger buns. You’re burgers and bunwiches deserve these buns!
For now, give these loaves a try and let me know what you think.
Homemade 50% Whole Wheat Bread
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 3 tsp instant yeast granules
- 1 large egg
- 3 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, sugar and yeast and form a well in the center.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg with oil and warm water (110-115º F or 43-46°C).
- Pour liquid into flour and stir together as much as possible. There will be some dry bits of flour left in the bowl.
- Transfer dough and bits onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes to form a smooth, elastic dough. Add small amounts of the remaining all-purpose flour as needed to prevent sticking (no need to use it all). Dough is ready when it holds it shape, springs back when poked and feels smooth. It is difficult to over-knead dough by hand, so knead away!
- Shape dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn dough to coat evenly with oil. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for 1-2 hours until dough has doubled.
- Punch down dough to release air.
- Split in half and shape each into an oval to fit two lightly greased 8 1/2"x4 1/2" loaf pans*.
- Cover with a cloth and let rest for 45 minutes in a warm room.
- Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 35 to 45 minutes until dark golden brown. Use an internal thermometer, bread is done at 190°F (88°C).
- Remove loaves from pan and cool on wire rack.
- Resist temptation and allow bread to cool before slicing.
Store in sealed bag for up to three days on counter or seal and freeze for up to 6 months.
The dough prefers a warm environment when rising. I will turn on the oven for a couple of minutes to warm it up just a little bit, then I turn it off and set the covered dough inside.
I have made many batches of this bread and have experimented with various levels of whole wheat flour. Here’s what it looked like when I used 100% whole wheat flour. As you can see, it’s still quite nice, but it is more dense and crumbly than when adding in all purpose flour. The gluten development is just not the same. Still pretty awesome!
If you’re an experimenter, go ahead and play with the ratios of all purpose to whole wheat flour. I’d love to hear how what your favorite combination is.
If you make a loaf or two, please take a photo and share it with me by tagging @getgettys on Instagram. Or leave a comment and let me know how it went.
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