top view of whole wheat bread loaf with three slices cut with butter and jam next to it

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x


This 100% Whole Wheat Bread is quite literally perfect. Thanks to a few special ingredients, this bread is pillowy soft and delicious.



  • 2 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ½ cup honey or ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup wheat gluten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • ½ cup potato flakes
  • 5 to 5 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • butter to rub on the top of the loaf


  1. Add water, yeast, sugar, wheat gluten, salt, dry milk, oil, vinegar, potato flakes, and 4 cups of flour to the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.
  2. Mix on low for 10-12 minutes (this is machine kneading).
  3. After the mixing time, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough is ready when it isn’t too sticky and can be handled. Give the dough time to work the flour in before adding more.
  4. If it is gooey, add flour and mix after each addition, until the dough can be worked with your hands without sticking to them. I generally add 5 cups total flour for this recipe. It will depend some on your kitchen conditions and flour (it’ll depend a lot on how your flour is milled, whole wheat flours vary more than other kinds in my experience). 
  5. Form the dough into a smooth bowl and add it back to your mixing bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  6. Let dough rise for 1 hour or until about doubled in size.
  7. Remove it from the bowl.
  8. Divide the dough into two even pieces and form each piece into a loaf.
  9. Place the dough in 2 greased loaf pan and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until the dough is about 1 inch above the rim of the bread pan.
  10. Bake at 375℉ for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and sounds hollow when lightly tapped.
  11. Remove from the oven and grease the tops of the loaf with a little bit of butter. 
  12. Remove the bread from the pans and allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing (you can slice warm but the texture is best once it has cooled and the bread has set). 
  13. Once the bread has completely cooled, store leftovers in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for up to 3 months.


  • Non-fat dry milk can be found near the canned evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. You can also find it near specialty flours (sometimes it’s called baking milk blend). It’s a dry milk product and it has a great shelf life. This is the only recipe I use it for and it keeps great.
  • I just use normal old potato flakes, like the kind you would make instant mashed potatoes with, for this recipe. Nothing special there and again, they are very shelf stable.
  • Vital wheat gluten will be near the specialty flours or just in the baking isle. Again, you might need to collect up these “specialty” ingredients but they won’t spoil quickly and you’ll make this bread often enough to use them up!
  • This recipe is from my friend Jolyn. You can find her white bread recipe here.
  • Category: side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/9 of a loaf
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 11.8g
  • Sodium: 409.2mg
  • Fat: 3.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.12g
  • Protein: 9g

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