Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread Copycat

1 1/2 Tbl. instant yeast

2 c. warm water

1/3 c. honey

3 - 4 c. whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 - 1/2 c. any add-ins (oats, sunflower seeds, 

       ground flax seeds, etc.)


Combine yeast, water and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer; let sit for 5 minutes or until frothy and bubbly.  Add 1 1/2 cups of flour, any add-ins and salt and mix until combined.  Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until you get a soft dough.  The dough should barely pull away from the sides of the bowl and it will still be a little sticky.  Using the dough hook, knead for 4 minutes on low, cover and let rise until doubled.  Punch down dough (spray hands with cooking spray) and put in a greased loaf pan.  Let rise again until doubled.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove loaf and cool completely.   


*If you use freshly ground wheat flour, you might need to add more like 5- 5 1/2 cups of flour.


Jenn's Notes: This bread is delicious.  I think it tastes best when made in my mixer, but I have also tried it in the bread machine and it will work, but it will be a little more chewy.  I usually add 1/2 cup oats and sometimes I will add a few tablespoons of sunflower seeds.  This makes one large loaf.