My Even Better Everyday Whole Wheat Bread For The Bread Machine Recipe

The bread machine is one of my most faithful servants.  Next to my washing machine, I think my bread machine is my favorite appliance.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I certainly do enjoy the dishwasher, but I don’t mind hand washing dishes either.  The clothes dryer gets a lot of use in these damp, foggy months, but it puts its feet up and rests when I can use my clothes line.  All things considered, I’d really hate to lose my bread machine!   

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Knowing how to make bread without a machine is, of course, a wonderful skill to have.  We do know how to make our bread by hand, and we have some recipes that simply must be made that way.  My days, like yours, are blessedly full.  The Lord gives my hands much to be busy about each and every day.  He also, through His grace and bountiful provision, sends many things my way that make that work easier.  I will tell you honestly, if I did not have my bread machine during this season of my life, my family would not be enjoying homemade bread.  However, since I have the machine, we are able to make at least one loaf of homemade bread each and every day.         

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My favorite bread machine trick is to watch the time so that I can pull the paddle out of the bread just before the final rise.  This lets us avoid having the big, gaping hole that the paddle leaves behind when the bread is allowed to bake with the paddle still in the machine.

 

We have a nice variety of recipes for our bread machine, and I’ll share those that are my own with you from time to time.  However, many of our favorite bread machine recipes come from a wonderful series of bread machine cookbooks by Donna German.  I highly recommend the series.

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The following recipe is the bread we make most often.  The recipe is posted on the side of my fridge, adjacent to my baking center, for easy reference, though I have the recipe memorized.  I’ve shared a similar recipe in the past, but I have since experimented a bit with the recipe and added the seeds.  I much prefer this bread.  It has a wonderful texture, slices nicely and freezes well.  It’s great for sandwiches, toast, or just spread with butter.  William loves to eat the heel all by itself.  The bread is made with whole wheat flour, wheat germ and a yummy blend of three healthy seeds.  It’s sweetened with honey.  I’m convinced that it is the single egg that makes this recipe so wonderful.  Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Copperswife’s Even Better Everyday Whole Wheat Bread For the Bread Machine Recipe

1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon millet
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons honey
1 egg
1 teaspoon sea salt*    (* table salt is fine)
3 Tablespoons wheat germ
1 1/2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon toasted golden flax seed
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Add the ingredients to the bread machine pan in the order given.  Set machine for the whole wheat setting.  This recipe makes a 1.5 pound loaf of bread.

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22 comments to My Even Better Everyday Whole Wheat Bread For The Bread Machine Recipe

  • Thanks for posting this I am going to give it a try.  I got a bread machine at a yard sale for 2 bucks with all the manuals.  It had never been used.  I had one for years that finally died.  Getting used to the new one, however, is giving me grief.  No loaf thus far has come out right.  They like to sink during baking.  I love the idea of pulling the paddle out, I had never thought of that!  

  • I agree that my bread machine is one of my favorite appliances and that it sure makes life lots easier…
    We love our homemade bread!!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe…whole wheat is something that I am still experimenting with to get the best tasting and healthiest loaf…
    Wishing you a very blessed 2009!

  • I agree that my bread machine is one of my favorite appliances and that it sure makes life lots easier…
    We love our homemade bread!!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe…whole wheat is something that I am still experimenting with to get the best tasting and healthiest loaf…
    Wishing you a very blessed 2009!

  • I used to handmake bread all the time. With the reduced amount we eat of it, I almost miss just making it! I may make some for a special dinner this week for the family. They still enjoy it and I love smelling it. Thanks for posting!

  • I used to handmake bread all the time. With the reduced amount we eat of it, I almost miss just making it! I may make some for a special dinner this week for the family. They still enjoy it and I love smelling it. Thanks for posting!

  • @Lamb@revelife – Yep, whole millet.  I put the seeds in right after the water so that they can soften just a bit.  We love them in the bread!@juejee –   Bread making, even in a machine, is not an exact science, and all machines are different.  Keep working at it!!  Be sure to check the trouble shooting guide in your manual for ideas on how to adjust for the failures you’re experiencing.  We experience sinking loaves when the weather is really humid or when there is too much yeast in the recipe. 

    @gardencottage – I hope your family enjoys this recipe. 

    @Mrs_Sheila – Oh, the aroma of bread baking is certainly one of life’s finer things!  Yes, make some bread for your family this week.  A lovely, handmade loaf would be so extra special to them.

  • I received my bread machine for my birthday last year & you are absolutely right “I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!!” lol.  I’ve been wanting to try a whole wheat recipe, I’m definitely going to give your’s a try, I’ll let you know how it turns out.  Thank you!  God Bless ~Gretchen~

  • @copperswife – thanks, I plan on giving this a try

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I love my bread machine. It is one my servants that works over time.LOL

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • @MotherHen1966 – @Lamb@revelife –   Let me know how your bread turns out.

    @elizabethq – 

  • I am trying your everyday bread recipe this week (I hope) and am wondering what I need to do with the flax seeds for the bread machine recipe.  I have organic golden flax seeds.  The recipe says “toasted.”  Do I need to toast them and then grind them?  Or do I just toast them and put them in the recipe?  (If I need to toast, any pointers on toasting them would be helpful)…

    As you can tell, I have not worked with flax seed before…

    I appreciate your help because my husband is very eager for me to make this bread 🙂

    heather

    http://www.russianblessings.wordpress.com

  • @HeatherLBB – Mine are just organic flax seeds, too.  Just toss them in the machine!  They give the bread a lovely flavor and texture.  Let me know how it goes!

  • I went ahead and toasted the golden flaxseed in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Do you think that will be okay for the recipe?

    I will let you know how the recipe turns out…

    Thanks so much,

    Heather

  • @HeatherLBB – I’m sure they’ll be fine!  

  • @copperswife – I’m wondering if you have any advice regarding the recipe and how it looks when done…The shape was a little uneven and even had a knot looking place in one corner on the 2nd loaf I made.  The bread tastes delicous and my husband has especially enjoyed it this week!

    Thanks,
    Heather

  • @heatherlbrandt – All bread machines are different, and you might need to tweak my recipe a bit for your own machine.  I’d suggest checking the trouble shooting guide in your owner’s manual for help.  

  • Hello… I’d like to make some sandwich bread and wondered if you have ever priced this recipe out? Do you think it comes out cheaper than the store bought? Price is an issue at this time. The loaf looks wonderful! 

  • @georgene – Price is an issue here, too, as is the quality of food I feed my family.  We have to be particularly careful of what my youngest son eats.  I did price this recipe out years and years and years ago, but I’ve tweaked ingredients since then as well.  I cannot give you a current price break down, but it will be MUCH cheaper than a similar loaf (whole wheat, with seeds, wheat germ, honey, no preservatives, etc.) of store bought bread.  I buy all of my ingredients in bulk (buying the whole 50 lb. bag of wheat berries, seeds by the pound, olive oil by the gallon,  etc.) which cuts the expense greatly.  Hope that helps!

  • @copperswife – It’s been years since I bought from a coop. Is that where you get your wheat berries? With just hubbins and I left at home I stopped buying large quantities. I’m thinking I would need to buy a grinder for the berries? How much does a 50 pound bag of wheat berries cost these days?  Sorry for all the questions.

  • @georgene – Not to worry about the questions!!    I do buy my wheat berries from a coop store in the big city near us, but a local market carries them in their bulk section as well.  It’s a bit more expensive buying them by the pound, but cheaper than buying the whole wheat flour off the shelf. However, if you don’t own a grain mill, that will certainly be a big expense.  Do you have a friend with a mill that might allow you to exchange a favor for grinding your wheat for you?  I grind several hoppers full of wheat at a time, and then put the freshly milled flour into a container in my indoor freezer for ease of use.  

  • I just made this bread and it is fantastic. My bread machine does not have a whole wheat setting but it suggests I set a time for 15 minutes and then start the cycle again which I did. I also read a tip about using lemon juice to improve natural whole wheat dough. I added 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice as well, not sure if it had an effect but this bread was wonderfully fluffy.

    Thank you so much for posting your recipe! I am going to try the whole wheat raisin bread recipe in the next week and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
    Connie