Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread (copycat)

I'm trying to figure out where the past 12 months went.
A year ago, this was our  life…

February 2013.
The coldest February in the history of the world to move. Not kidding when I say the snow stayed on the lawn until April.  It was that kind of winter.
Hooray for 2014. Yesterday, it was 55 and no snow in sight in the neighborhood. It's feeling like SPRING out there. It's kind of weird, really. This time of year is usually reserved for comfort food recipes. You know, "stay inside and bake up a storm while it's snowing outside" type of food. It was practically shorts weather yesterday, but I was inside, pretending it was cold, baking bread.

This recipe is the closest I've tried to the Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat recipe. It's made with five ingredients you can pronounce, and it is absolutely delicious. If you haven't experimented with making wheat bread yet,  read the tips on this post, it will give you some helpful pointers.
Happy Baking!

Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread (copycat)
adapted from Eat Cake for Dinner found on Pinterest
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1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast ( I like SAF brand)
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup honey
4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (approx)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Combine yeast, water and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer; let sit for 5 minutes or until frothy and bubbly.
Place the paddle attachment on the mixer, if using a stand mixer.
Add 3 cups of flour, mix. Add salt and another cup of flour, mix until combined. 
At this point you should have added a total of four cups of flour. The recipe may take a little less, or a little more, depending on climate.
The dough should barely pull away from the sides of the bowl when it has the proper amount of flour added. Using the dough hook, knead for 4 minutes on low.  Cover dough and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled.
After the first rise, punch down dough with floured or greased hands, shape and place in a greased loaf pan. 
Let rise again until doubled.
Preheat oven to 350, set rack in middle of oven.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove bread from oven.
Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove loaf and cool completely.

-This recipe is easily doubled, I made two batches, side by side. I didn't want to crowd the mixing bowl, so the flour would mix in properly.
-If you use freshly ground wheat flour, you might need to add 5- 5 1/2 cups of flour.
-You may omit 1/2 cup of the flour and add 1/2 cup of seeds such as sunflower, flax, oats, etc.
-When mixing the bread, add the flour a little at a time to make sure the flour is mixed well into the dough. I used about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 cups total in my dry climate. If you live in a more humid climate, you may need to use less flour.
-It is important to let the dough mix properly in the bowl.  I set the timer to make sure it has kneaded for four full minutes after all of the flour is added. You will be surprised at how long 4 minutes is, when you are mixing and have the timer set!
-30 minutes seems like a short bake time, but it turns out perfectly.
-I used King Arthur 100% Whole Wheat Flour you can purchase at your local grocery, or purchase on Amazon, through this link.


  1. I love whole wheat bread Si. I add some natural Vital Wheat Gluten to mine to give it a little lift so it's not so dense. Yours looks delicious. I think spring is just around the corner and I can't wait.

    1. Bonnie, Try this one without the wheat gluten. I have use that in other recipes, but like this one without the addition. I know, so excited for SPRING!!

    2. how much gluten for this recipe?

    3. Bev,
      Most recipes that recommend adding gluten call for 1-2 tablespoons per 3 cups of flour. For this recipe I would use 2 tablespoons.

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    1. It's a great recipe Julie, I'm sure you'll love it!

  3. I buy a loaf of Great Harvest bread every week. I can't wait to try this recipe! thank you for posting.

    1. Amy,
      You're welcome! Hope you love it :)

  4. I made this recipe last week and it was amazing! I plan on making it frequently! My mom made it too and loved it! I have told lots of people about it!

    1. Thanks Courtney, I'm glad you loved it too! Happy baking :)

  5. Can I make this in my bread machine? Is this one loaf or two?

    1. Nancy,
      I am sure it can be made in a bread machine. Follow the machine instructions. This is a recipe for one loaf, or two very small loaves.

  6. I don't have a stand mixer or bread machine, so I make bread the old fashioned way. Should I knead this bread for the standard 8 minutes, or go with the same time as your mixer? Thanks!

    1. I would knead for 8 minutes. I think mixing with a machine is more efficient and will take less time. But the old fashioned way will burn more calories!

  7. Would it be okay to use white whole wheat flour for this? I love Great Harvest, but don't live by one anymore. I can't wait to try this. Thanks!


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