I was looking for recipes for a good sandwich bread to make in the bread machine, and came across this recipe on allrecipes. At 4.5 stars and almost 500 reviews, I decided to give it a go! Of course, after reading some of the reviews, I decided to try a honey wheat version instead, since we usually buy honey wheat bread from the store.

Homemade honey wheat bread

I’ve now made this recipe about 5 times, 1 of which I actually did the white version (still with honey though). Every time, oh yum!

So here’s how I do it:

Dissolve a little over 2 teaspoons of yeast in a cup of 110 degree water (Fahrenheit).

Add 2 generous squirts of honey, stir. Let sit for 10 minutes to get foamy and exciting.

Dump it in the bread machine’s well.

Add 3 cups of flour (either all 3 bread flour, or 2 bread flour + 1 wheat flour)

Add 1 teaspoon of salt (I just eyeball it)

Add 1/4 cup veggie oil

Set the machine to the sandwich bread/white bread setting.

4ish hours later, take the bread out and let it cool. In order to get good slices, you really need to let it cool completely before slicing it.

Homemade honey wheat bread

I love it slathered with nutella…mmm.

And what does the family think? My husband says, “I like it. It tastes like…good bread. And the pieces are big, so I can make bigger sandwiches.”

And Zora exercises extreme goodness (yes, goodness) and patience even for the tiniest morsel of bread… so I know she likes it!
(Also, please excuse her eye slime… she just woke up.)

Homemade honey wheat bread on Zora

The one thing I don’t love about the bread machine is that it makes weirdly tall loaves of bread that have a slit/hole in the bottom (because of the kneading paddle thing), although the convenience of throwing things together and leaving them alone is definitely a plus. Still, next time I might set it on the dough setting, then transfer the dough into my own bread pan and bake it in the oven. I bet it would also be great with sunflower seeds inside it. Mmm.

32 Comments on Best Bread Machine Bread – Honey Wheat version

  1. Raquel says:

    I accidentally put an extra cup of flour in here will it still come out?

  2. Katie says:

    I just want to say I love this bread! I mix it in the bread machine on the dough cycle then bake it in the oven. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Holly says:

    I love this bread recipe.it has been my go to recipe for over a year. I use the bread maker to mix everything and then bake in the over. Or I just mix everything by hand.I use coconut oil or grapeseed oil and add flax and China,sometimes I will add hemp seeds. If I’m planning to make French toasted with this,I add cinnamon to the bread. it’s good. Thank you for the great recipe.

  4. iyat says:

    I have looked and looked for a decent bread recipe so I don’t have to buy the store brand with all the nasty stuff
    In it.this is awesome thank you. And even my picky four year old loves it. Γ°ΕΈΛœΖ’

  5. Lauren says:

    Trying this today in my bread machine on the dough setting and then I’m going to bake it in my oven. My husband doesn’t like the weirdly tall pieces. πŸ™‚ Hope it works! I also added 2T of ground flaxseeds to mine for my kids.

  6. grannyboone says:

    What brand of machine or can you name it on here?
    I have found less yeast more raising time works a bit better for me. You have to have more raising time for whole grains or heavier loaves. I use the machine sometimes but am still a more hands on baker. LOL Love your recipe though

  7. Caitlin says:

    I made this today and it did not turn out right. The crust is not soft at all (it is light, though). One thing I did differently is put the water, yeast, and honey in at the end, because my machine says liquids go in last. Also, the top is not shaped right.

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  9. Sally Cordier says:

    I will try this recipe today – I’ve been looking for a bread recipe my kids would like for their lunch sandwiches….hope this is it. By the way – your dog looks just like mine (Bailey) – do you know her breed? We believe our dog is part border collie, but unsure what she is mixed with.

  10. Kitchenaid KSM150 says:

    I will try this in myself over Christmas hols as it sounds beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Sara says:

    Will try this recipe. I just made a slightly different version in my bread machine today and loved it. I just got a machine a week ago and am having fun using it (still like making bread by hand much better but life is crazy right now!) BTW, I slathered Nutella on mine too—YUM!

  12. keli hoskins says:

    hey look! i know you!! πŸ˜‰ i found your blog while searching for a dairy-free, egg-free sandwich bread recipe for my bread machine. i’m going to go try this RIGHT NOW! πŸ™‚ xo

  13. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! I’ve only made two loaves of bread in my bread machine so far and the first was from a different website. It was too moist, airy, and it tasted yeasty. This recipe is a keeper, though. It is perfect for slicing thin and making sandwiches. I used AP flour and it turned out great. I love that it is inexpensive to make and uses stuff that I always have on hand.

  14. Lalo says:

    I’ve never seen a bread machine recipe that calls for adding any liquid (oil) anywhere except at the bottom of the mix, and I’ve never seen one that dissolved the yeast at the beginning. So this is new.

    The bread looks good. I will give it a try!!

  15. rbennett says:

    I use the bread machine all the way to the final rise, then chunk the dough into a regular bread pan to finish rising, then cook it in the oven.

    This recipe was great, although I added dried milk and a touch more water and flour.

  16. angiesc says:

    About “the weirdly tall loaves of bread,” I usually slice bread the other way when I make machine loaves. THey come out a bit squarish this way, but you get smaller slices

  17. angiesc says:

    About “the weirdly tall loaves of bread,” I usually slice bread the other way when I make machine loaves. THey come out a bit squarish this way, but you get smaller slices

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  20. Ashley says:

    I made this recipe tonight and it turned out wonderfully. I posted about it to my blog if you want to check it out. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  21. I’ve never been good at bread machine bread. Always comes out.. funny. Can’t explain it. Wish I still had mine. Or wait, do I? Wish the military hadn’t send ridiculous packers who packed things all jumbled. Still trying to figure what’s what. Ah well.

    In the meantime.. I gave you an award πŸ™‚


  22. Alison says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I don’t use bread flour for my bread machine, but the inside of my loaf still turned out so fluffy, soft, and light. The taste was too mild for my preference, but it’s still very good overall. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks!!

  23. Ashley says:

    I just typed up a nice response and I didn’t get the math right. Darn it. This is why I’m an English major and not math. lol

    I’m getting a breadmaker this weekend for my birthday so I’m very excited to try this recipe. It looks delicious

  24. Renee says:

    I LOVE this. I have made it 4 times!!

  25. Julie says:

    The bread looks awesome, makes me want to go get my bread machine and get to work.
    Cute doggie, she looks very sweet!

  26. EmmaH says:

    Oh, that looks lovely and soft and yummy!

  27. Kim Rakes says:

    mmmmmmmmmm! as always, it looks wonderful. i love honey wheat. I think you need to whip up some sweet pregnancy recipes I can follow. BLTs for supper each night are getting a little old ;] haha… but they sure hit the spot.

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