Easiest Whole Wheat Bread on the Planet

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Easiest Whole Wheat Bread on the Planet

I swear, I may have to start a formal rotation program for all my cookbooks, cooking magazines and recipe files. Today’s recipe has been sitting on the shelf, in my Whole Grain Baking book (by King Arthur Flour) forever. People, this is one of my books that I’ve been using for years and I bake out of it often so how the heck did I miss this recipe?

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This recipe is touted as the perfect loaf to try if you’ve never baked a yeast loaf before. Maybe that’s the reason why I never tried it. I’ve been baking breads for as long as I can remember so I’m not intimidated; however, after my knee procedure I am having difficulty hanging out in the kitchen for long periods of time so I was perusing my books for an easy, whole grain recipe.

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This one jumped out at me and I just had to try it. I must confess that the description of this being easy was right on target. Not only did I put this together in minutes but I also trusted the hubs to check it after rising and bake it … without any intervention from me.

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Scary, I know, but it turned out fabulous. In fact, I remember saying to dear hubby that he could make this on his own and he did not disagree … This is huge, people :-)

Easiest Whole Wheat Bread on the Planet



  • 1-1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 soy milk powder (or use nonfat dry milk)
  • 1-1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast


  1. Grease an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch bread pan.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients in a stand mixer & beat on medium to medium-high for about 3 minutes.
  3. Scoop batter into the prepared bread pan.
  4. Cover and let rise for one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. After one hour, uncover bread and bake for about 45 minutes, tenting it with foil after about 20 minutes.
  7. Bread is ready when golden brown on top & instant read thermometer reads 190 degrees F.
  8. Turn bread over and onto a rack for cooling.

Recipe adapted from Whole Grain Baking by King Arthur Flour.


If you’re looking for an easy, whole wheat bread recipe then this is the one!

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  1. Guess what! I am going to make this. Honestly I have made gluten free breads and quite successful but wheat bread is one area where I want to try my hand. What’s better than trying this easiest bread!
    Balvinder recently posted … Coconut Quinoa Pilaf With ChestnutsMy Profile

  2. This looks like the perfect loaf of bread! The texture is consistent all the way through and it doesn’t look heavy at all. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Sorry your knee is still giving you problems. :(
    mjskit recently posted … Brandied Orange Marmalade Quick BreadMy Profile

    • This bread does have great texture and it lighter than what you would expect … Definitely a loaf to try :-)

      The knee is slowly getting better, just taking longer than I expected :-(

  3. Love this! Whole Wheat Bread is so good and easy is always awesome ;)
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) recently posted … Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Truffle Swirled Cookies and KRISTINA & KAYLE’S CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE!My Profile

  4. I have never tried making whole-wheat bread. I love that this recipe has only a few ingredients. I will try making this, it is so much healthier!
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  5. Yum! King Arthur Flour has such great recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  6. It does look good. Getting into bread baking is on my foodie list for 2013. :)
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  7. That does sound easy! You know me and yeast have an uneasy truce, but I totally have all the ingredients at home right this second. I think I’ll be trying this one out!
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  8. Wow! The bread looks great and easy is right, CJ! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Great looking healthy bread.
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  10. Your bread looks terrific my friend, bookmarked recipe :)

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  11. We’ve been doing a ton of bread baking lately. Haven’t yet made a loaf with entirely whole wheat though I’m sure we will eventually (we’ve been doing a lot of no knead, long rise types of breads). Looks terrific – thanks for this.
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    • John – I hope you give this bread a go as it’s very mild tasting, at least from my perspective. I prefer very dense, heavy, grainy breads but my husband prefers light, airy, white bread. We can both agree on this one for regular usage.

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