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Whole Wheat Bread

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Makes:2 loaves (16 slices each loaf)

If you’ve never baked from scratch, this tender and nutty recipe is a terrific place to start. It’s great for sandwiches or enjoyed fresh from the oven.


1 tsp 5 mL sugar
2 cup 500 mL warm water (105ºF-115º/40ºC-56ºC), divided
1 pkg 8 g (2 1/4 tsp/11 mL) active dry yeast
1/3 cup 75 mL molasses
1 1/2 tsp 7 mL salt
2 tbsp 30 mL Crisco® All Vegetable Shortening
5 3/4 cups 1425 mL Robin Hood® Best For Bread Whole Wheat Flour


  1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sugar in 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water in large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, then stir well.
  2. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) warm water, molasses, salt, shortening and 2 cups (500 mL) flour to dissolved yeast mixture. Beat with wooden spoon or electric mixer until smooth and elastic.
  3. Stir in 2 3/4 cups (675 mL) of remaining flour gradually. If necessary, add more flour to make a soft dough which leaves sides of bowl. Turn out on floured board. Round up into ball.
  4. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
  5. Place in lightly greased large bowl. Turn dough to grease top. Cover with greased waxed paper and tea towel.
  6. Let rise in warm place (75°-85°F/24°-29°C) until doubled (45 to 60 minutes).
  7. Punch down. Turn out onto lightly floured board and divide into 2 equal portions. Round up each portion. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  8. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place seam side down in two greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" (22 x 7 x 6cm) (1.5 L) loaf pans. Cover with a tea towel.
  9. Let rise in warm place until dough rises 1 1/2" (3 cm) above top of pan in centre, and corners are filled (45 to 60 minutes).
  10. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
  11. Bake in preheated oven, on lower oven rack, for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake 20 to 30 minutes more. Remove from pans immediately. Brush top crust with butter if a soft crust is desired. Cool on wire racks.


  • This recipe makes 2 loaves. For 4 loaves, simply double all of your ingredients.
  • For a lighter tasting flavour omit molasses; add 2 tablespoons (30 mL) sugar and use 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups (1125-1375 mL) flour.

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