Our Favorite 100% Whole Wheat Bread (Glenda’s Secret Recipe!)

Glenda Lehman Ervin, our Director of Marketing, swears by this “family secret” bread recipe.

“My mother baked bread for us each week. How many times I came home to bread still rising in the dough pan, lightly covered with a damp cloth. Better yet, the smell of freshly baked bread, wafting through the kitchen.”

“I don’t have time to bake bread each week,” she says, “but I want my daughter to have those memories.  So I use this recipe and we bake together, on lazy Sunday afternoons or cold winter evenings. Because if I don’t teach her how to bake bread, how will she teach her daughter? The last time we baked bread, the entire loaf was gone by bedtime!”

Our pure Clover Honey is processed just a few miles from our store in Ohio. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron.
Our pure Clover Honey is processed just a few miles from our store in Ohio. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron.


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Favorite 100% Whole Wheat Bread

  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 loaves 1x


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  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 7 to 8 cups whole wheat flour, warmed in the oven


  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling water over powdered milk, butter, salt and honey. After cooled, add dry yeast and beaten eggs.
  2. Beat mixture with 3 cups flour. Stir in 2 1/2 cups additional flour. Turn onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Add flour sparingly as needed to keep dough from sticking.
  3. Cover and let rest 20 minutes. Punch down and shape into four loaves. Let rise until doubled. Place doubled loaves into greased bread pans.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Author: Glenda Lehman Ervin
  • Prep Time: 50 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min

Keywords: wheat bread, bread, 100% whole wheat bread

Editor’s Note: This recipe was originally published in October 2013.

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1 year ago

I would love to have your recipe where I could print it. I would like to make this but my problem is I can’t mix it where my computer is nor can I get my computer to where I do my cooking. Quite a problem. Oh I also will need to mix & knead this in my mixer since my hands went & got old on me.

1 year ago

My hands have also gotten old on me, will this recipe work in a bread machine?

Vera Ashford
Vera Ashford
1 year ago

Why is the flour warmed in the oven? I am new to bread baking and have never seen that in a recipe before.

1 year ago

I think if you half the recipe, you would be able to make the dough in a 2lb capacity breadmaker. Look at your machine’s instructions for the maximun amount of flour it can handle. It might not successfully bake in a bread machine, but as long as you cut the recipe down to an amount your machine can handle (and let the ingredients cool so the yeast will live) you should be able to make dough in the machine and bake it in the oven.

Joan Yoder Miller
Joan Yoder Miller
11 months ago

Ella Mae’s recipe?

11 months ago

Can you use molasses instead of honey?

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