Honey Wheat Bread: #56 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

This is our everyday bread – great for toast, sandwiches, snacking, or even breadcrumbs. I make it about every other week and it always gets used up. The whole wheat and honey mix together for a grounding, nourishing flavor that’s like a warm hug.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($2.50 total for 2 loaves)

1 tbsp active dry yeast – $0.50
1 tsp sugar – $0.02
1/4 cup + 2 1/4 cups hottest tap water – free
1/4 cup honey – $0.56
3 tbsp canola oil – $0.14
6-8 cups whole wheat flour – $0.96
1 tbsp salt – $0.12


1. Mix the yeast, 1 tsp sugar, and 1/4 cup hottest tap water in a small bowl. Stir briefly and let sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast and form a thick foam. Then mix in the honey, oil, and the rest of the water, stirring gently until well combined.

2. Add the salt and flour, one cup at a time, and stir well with each cup. Knead it with your hands for at least 10 minutes when it’s at about 6 cups, and if the dough is still sticky instead of smooth and elastic, add some more flour. To knead, use the heel of your hand to push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself, turn it a quarter turn, and repeat. When the dough isn’t sticky anymore, form it into a ball, put it in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place, until it has doubled in size. Then knead for another 2 minutes and divide into two oiled bread pans. 

3. Cover the pans with a tea towel and let them rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes until they have doubled again. Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes until nice and brown. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy any way you would eat a good loaf of fresh whole wheat bread.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 17/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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