Honey Whole Wheat Bread

October 15, 2009

I used to be too impatient to make bread: mix, rise, punch down, rise again, bake…it takes all day! But now as I rediscover bread, spending a day on it doesn’t seem all that bad. I don’t have to hang out and talk to it all day; I just need to check back on it here and there to make sure it’s OK. And this Honey Whole Wheat Bread from CookWise by Shirley Corriher is more than OK. It turned out great and makes delicious toast.


I started by making the sponge: dry milk powder simmered with water, plus yeast and bread flour. The sponge sat for 2 1/2 hours and then I added the rest of the ingredients, including whole wheat flour, honey, and an egg yolk. I kneaded some wheat germ in at the end. The bread baked up nicely in a loaf pan. The recipe called for an egg wash on top; I don’t think that was necessary, but it did create a very shiny crust.

You can find the recipe on page 46 of CookWise. I noticed that there’s an updated version of the recipe in BakeWise, in which she uses regular milk instead of dry milk. Both books have a lot of useful information about bread, so if you have either book, take a look at the bread chapter! If you don’t have the books and would like this recipe, please email me and I’ll be happy to send it to you.


  1. I love homemade bread. The smell when it is baking is fabulous. This bread looks delicious. I’m going to have to make some bread this weekend. You’ve inspired me.

  2. Wow, this sounds and looks delicious!!!! And I bet it smells fabulous while baking. I’m new to bread baking…I need to do it more often!!!!

  3. I have recently discovered how much I enjoy making bread. Isn’t it fun.

    This one sounds delicious and look perfect.

  4. came here from Susan’s blog. this must have smelt great while baking:)

    btw, I’d like to invite you to send in some goodies for sweet celebration contest on my blog if u can!

  5. Great looking loaf. I love homebaked bread.

  6. That looks great! The next time I go to the library I’ll look for Cookwise, it sounds like a good read.

  7. This sounds like a healthy and flavourful bread. I think homemade bread is worth the effort.

  8. Oh, this looks delicious, Jill. I will look at the library for this cookbook and if they don’t have it, will give you a shout as I would like to try this one. I just started baking bread this year and have fallen in love with the whole process. If I don’t bake bread in a day, I actually feel like I am missing something major! Your crumb looks very lovely…I can just taste this as morning toast!

  9. Wow Jill, your bread is just picture-perfect. Great job!

  10. I’d love the recipe from ‘Bakewise’ if you’d be so kind as to send it…I’ve heard from other sources as well that’s it makes a wonderful loaf.

    Thank you!

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