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Whole wheat loaf cooling on a wire rack.

Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe

Soft and tender whole wheat bread machine recipe. Made with 100% whole wheat flour.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1 loaf


  • 3 ½ cups (450 grams) whole wheat flour, see note
  • 3 tablespoons (35 grams) granulated sugar, see note
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon (255 grams) milk
  • ½ cup (100 grams) half and half
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) softened butter, salted or unsalted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast or active dry


  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Place the ingredients into the pan of a 1 ½ to 2-pound bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

  3. Select the program for basic white bread. Press Start. When the cycle completes, remove the pan from the machine.
  4. Remove the bread from the pan, sometimes this requires a shake to get the bread out of the pan. Set the loaf on a wire rack to cool.
  5. Store, in a bread box, bread bag or well wrapped on the counter for 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Whole Wheat Flour
This recipe was developed with King Arthur Flour’s whole wheat flour.

Granulated Sugar
If you prefer honey in your whole wheat bread, replace the sugar with 1 ½ tablespoons of honey.

Milk and Half and Half
Use lukewarm milk and half-and-half if your bread machine does not have a preheat cycle.