Grandmas Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Baking Bread with Kids – Grandma’s Whole Wheat Bread Recipe


Whole Wheat Bread Recipe for Kids

We love to bake together and often make our own bread.

Our favorite go-to recipe is one that my Grandma passed down to me called granary bread. It’s basically just a really good whole wheat bread recipe. We go through periods of making it once a week (and then periods when I’m lazy and buy our bread from the local bakery).

Baking Bread with Kids

So when Maia’s friend Stella spent the day with us yesterday, we baked bread.

Baking bread with kids is fun! They loved every step of it, including kneading the dough.

Baking Bread with Kids

We also drew…

Baking Bread with Kids

…had a picnic and watched fish at the arboretum,

Grandmas Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

…and finally, after naps, ate a bread and butter snack.


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Grandma’s Whole Wheat Bread Recipe


(My Grandma’s Granary Bread)



  • 3 3/4 to 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 packs dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  •  1/3 cup honey
  •  3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 1/2 cups hot tap water
  • 23 Tbsp toasted wheat germ


  1. Stir to combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, undissolved yeast, and salt.
  2. Add honey and butter, then water. Mix with whisk.
  3. Add 1 cup more all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, and toasted wheat germ.
  4. Stir in remaining whole wheat flour with a spoon, then enough more white to make a soft dough which leaves the sides of the bowl.
  5. Knead on countertop. Place bowl over dough and let rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Punch down.
  7. Shape into two loaves and put in greased loaf pans. Brush with olive oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  8. Let stand at room temperature while heating oven to 400 degrees F. Cut 1/4 inch deep v-shaped slashes on tops of loaves.
  9. Bake approximately 40 minutes.

This whole wheat bread is especially good toasted with butter and honey!

I usually slice one of the loaves to keep in the freezer since our family doesn’t eat a lot of bread. I also play around with the recipe depending on time, inclination, and memory.

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  • Reply
    July 21, 2009 at 7:32 am

    what a fun day! I especially love that picture with the fish :)

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    July 21, 2009 at 4:42 am

    wow that bread looks great! Got the recipe?

  • Reply
    The Artful Parent
    July 21, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Yep. It’s a recipe my grandma gave me. I’m heading out now but will post it when I get back.

  • Reply
    Sarah N.
    July 21, 2009 at 10:57 am

    What a fun day! That bread does look wonderful! I’ll check back for the recipe :)

  • Reply
    Kim @ whatsupbird
    July 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    How sweet! Playdates are so fun. :)

  • Reply
    July 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Wow! your bread looks so apetizing and homemade, that I have to try making it too! thanks for the recipe, I have to give it a try, thanks

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