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whole wheat bread sliced on a serving board with butter
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Bread Machine 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This Bread Machine Whole Wheat Bread recipe results in a chewy bread with a firm crust and a large crumb. It's moist, healthy, and delicious! Sprinkle the top with optional omega rich seeds for an extra crunchy and delicious loaf.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat, Vegetarian
Keyword: 100% whole wheat bread, bread machine recipes, bread machine whole wheat bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Kristina



  • Add the ingredients in the order listed to the bread maker pan. *The ingredients are listed in the order that Cuisinart machines require them to go. Check your brand's manual for the correct order to add ingredients. If it differs, add them in the order that your manual states.
  • Select the whole wheat bread setting. Choose the 2 lb loaf size and your preferred crust color. During the first kneading cycle, frequently check on the dough. If it's too dry, add more warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until it's sticky. *Depending on the crust color, the cycle will take between 4 hours 15 minutes and 4 hours 40 minutes.
  • After the last rise and before the bake cycle begins, brush the dough lightly with milk and sprinkle on the seeds (optional).
  • When baking is complete, turn off the bread machine. Remove the bread pan and the bread immediately. Cool on a wire rack completely before slicing.
  • Oven Baking: If baking in the oven, follow the steps above but remove the dough from the bread machine after the last rise. It will be very sticky, this is normal. Put in a 9x5 loaf pan and cover with a heavy towel. Let rise for 20 minutes. Transfer to an oven preheated to 350°F . Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove bread from the pan immediately and let cool completely before slicing.


You should use between 83% and 103% water to flour weight. Start with 83% (as the recipe calls for) and add more water 1 tablespoon at a time if too dry during the first kneading cycle.
Dough will be very sticky and wet during the rises. This is normal!


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg