Mom’s 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe

A simple and fool-proof Wheat Bread Recipe that makes four loaves of bread in one batch. This recipe comes from my mom, and it’s certainly a keeper!Mom's 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe

Mom’s 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe

I have so many recipes that I make often that I haven’t shared on the blog. This year, I’ve made the goal to get more of my favorite go-to recipes out of my family cookbook and onto the blog so that you can enjoy them as much as I do. This recipe is one of those tried-and-true recipes that I’ve been making twice a month since my daughter was a baby. Now here we are, 10 years later, and I’m just now telling you about it.

This is my mom’s wheat bread recipe. It’s not a whole wheat bread, but a mix of white and wheat, which makes for a light and fluffy loaf of bread that is still brown and hearty. It’s a great middle for anyone who doesn’t eat whole wheat all the time! My mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. It’s made with simple ingredients that I always have on hand and it just turns out well each time.

What’s unique about this wheat bread recipe is that it makes four loaves of bread in one batch instead of the traditional two loaves. I know that might sound like a whole lot of bread, but that’s my favorite part of this recipe. When I make it, I always think of the saying, “one for you, one for me.” I make this recipe with the intention of making warm comforting food for my family and also sharing that gift with others. This wheat bread recipes is meant to be shared with your friends and neighbors.

Simple and fool-proof wheat bread recipe that makes four loaves of bread in one batch. This recipe comes from my mom and it's a keeper.

Tips and Tricks for making Homemade Wheat Bread

  • This recipe is meant to be made with a mix of white and whole wheat flour (it’s not a 100% whole wheat flour recipe; I do have a great one of those coming soon). The ratio of white to wheat flour is up to you, but 50/50 is always a good place to start.
  • Don’t skip the buttering of the top, this helps to make the crust soft and it also creates a bit of a “seal” on the crust that helps prevent the inside of the  bread from drying out. That being said, out of butter, you can totally skip it 🙂
  • I feel like you have some flexibility when it comes the loaf pans that you use (these enamel ones are fun). I have a few sizes, and though the shape of the loaf might be slightly different dependent on the size, the rising and cook time remain the same. Loaf pans that are 8-9 inches long generally work the best.
  • This bread is great by itself with butter or jam on it, it makes great french toast, and it can go on the side of your favorite soup (like Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese). There’s no wrong way to eat this. Plus, it makes a great gift! Who doesn’t love fresh baked bread?

Simple and fool-proof wheat bread recipe that makes four loaves of bread in one batch. This recipe comes from my mom and it's a keeper.

Now all you need is a thick warm slice with a layer of good salted butter on top. That’s the stuff after school memories are made of.

Simple and fool-proof wheat bread recipe that makes four loaves of bread in one batch. This recipe comes from my mom and it's a keeper.

Need help getting excited about making this recipe? I taught it in a free cooking class! You can find the video here:

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Mom’s 4 Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 90 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 loaves of bread 1x

Description

A simple and fool-proof Wheat Bread Recipe that makes four loaves of bread in one batch. This recipe comes from my mom, and it’s certainly a keeper!


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup honey or 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 11 cups flour (a mix of 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all-purpose is best)

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast and honey in the warm water. Add the oil and salt and stir to combine.
  2. Add 5 cups of the whole wheat flour to the bowl and stir to combine. Stir for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the white flour, a cup at a time, until a smooth dough starts to form. You can use a stand mixer or your hands.
  4. Knead the dough on a well-floured surface until the dough becomes soft and elastic and doesn’t stick to your hands. I like to knead this for 6-8 minutes by hand, it helps the end texture a lot to work the dough well!
  5. Let the dough rise in the bowl until doubled, covered with a heavy towel or plastic wrap.
  6. Once the dough has risen, divide it into four pieces. Shape the dough into loaves and place them in 4 greased loaf pans.
  7. Let the dough rise in the pans until it is an inch above the rim.
  8. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. The crust will be golden brown and you’ll hear a hollow sound when you tap the bread with your fingernail.
  9. Remove the bread from the oven, then remove the bread from the pans and place the hot loaves on wire racks to cool. Rub a stick of butter on the top of the hot loaves.
  10. Allow the loaves to cool slightly or to room temperature before slicing and serving. Store cooled loaves in an air-tight container and use within 5 days.

Notes

  • So flexible! You can use all whole wheat flour (thought it won’t rise as much), half all-purpose and half whole wheat, all all-purpose, and even bread flour! I like to use 1/3 whole wheat and 2/3 all-purpose flour, but really, you can play with the ratios and use what you have on hand.
  • You can use just about any oil or even melted butter or shortening for this recipe.
  • Feel free to half this recipe to make 2 loaves instead of 4, it’ll work great.
  • To freeze extra loaves simply let the bread cool completely. Store it in an old bread bag or wrapped well in plastic wrap and freeze. Let it thaw a few hours at room temperature when you’d like to use it. You can also slice it before you put it in the freezer to make thawing a little faster.
  • No need to proof the yeast, it doesn’t need it.
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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I have made this recipe many times and love it! I was wondering if you have ever tried freezing the dough? I like the idea of a fresh baked loaf but it would be great to just prepare once. If this would work, at what step would I freeze the dough and how would I continue the process after taking out of the freezer?

I have now made this recipe 3 times. Perfect every time! Thanks for the recipe

What size loaf pans did you use?

Does it have to be instant yeast?

Thank you so much for your recipe and your video. I’ve made your recipe three times. I usually make half. I make a sandwich loaf and the second is either pizza dough for supper or cinnamon raisin for a breakfast loaf. Today I accidentally prepared the 4 loaves. I’m planning to share with my two neighbors! I love this recipe and I feel blessed that you posted this where I found it!

I’m waiting for them to cool-can’t wait to try them! One snafu I ran into was that I covered the pans with a towel while they rose, and they rose beautifully but dough stuck to the towel! So when I removed the towel, they fell a bit and didn’t really recover. This is the first time I’ve made whole wheat bread, so maybe that’s the issue? I haven’t had a problem covering white bread loaves during rising. I only mention it bc maybe you could add a note specifically NOT to do this so people don’t have the same problem.

This was delish! I used honey & butter instead of sugar and oil. I would like to try next time with some of my ancient grains. Have you tried any of them? I have Einkorn, Spelt, Sprouted Wheat, Sprouted Barley & Sprouted Flax…also, just started using organic wheat gluten (never realized how nutritious it is)!

Love this no fail recipe. Have never had much luck using yeast, this a great bread. Love it toasted with butter and honey or jam.!

Making this now! I am using 12 Grain Flour and All Purpose. Added an egg wash then some oats on top. Can’t wait!

Everyone in my household has loved this bread! We have made loaves, buns, and rolls with it. It is incredibly versatile. Even my picky 13 year old son and toddler love it! Thank you for posting! I started making this a few weeks ago and we have consistently made at least one batch every week since.

This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for to replace my store-bought breads. Thank you so much!!

Love this recipe. This one is especially good during “covid times”

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.