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Bronze Chief Whole Wheat Bread

Bronze Chief Whole Wheat Bread


5 1/2 to 6 cups whole wheat flour*

  • 2½ cups warm water
  • 1½ tablespoons instant yeast (or 2 packages active dry yeast)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Vital Wheat gluten flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Molasses


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2½ cups of warm water and 1½ tablespoons of instant yeast. Allow the yeast to dissolve and activate for about 5-10 minutes, until it becomes frothy.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of oil, and 1 tablespoon of salt to the yeast mixture. Stir well to combine.
  3. Gradually add 5 1/2 to 6 cups of whole wheat flour, mixing with a wooden spoon or your hands until the dough comes together.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Vital Wheat gluten flour over the dough. This will enhance the dough’s elasticity and structure. Knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 to 1½ hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  7. Punch down the risen dough to release excess air. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape it into a loaf.
  8. Place the shaped dough into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  9. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of molasses with a little warm water to make it easier to spread. Brush the molasses mixture over the top of the loaf for a glossy finish.
  10. Cover the loaf pan with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise again for about 30-45 minutes.
  11. Once the dough has risen, place the loaf pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  12. Remove the bread from the oven and carefully transfer the loaf from the pan to a wire rack. Let it cool completely before slicing.
  13. Slice and enjoy your homemade Bronze Chief Whole Wheat Bread with your favorite spreads, jams, or as the base for sandwiches.

Note: Oven temperatures and baking times may vary, so keep an eye on the bread during baking to achieve your desired level of doneness.