Make 6 Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread in ONE hour!

Making bread doesn't have to take all day - this simple recipe for Whole Wheat Bread makes 6 loaves in only one hour! We are sharing our family recipe for this delicious bread dough that can also be used to make cinnamon rolls and breadsticks!

I know – it’s hard to believe that you can make 6 loaves of bread in just one hour!!

I promise you that it’s not a joke! This recipe is one that we have been making for years. I try to make a batch of this bread about once a month so that we can have homemade bread to enjoy all month long.

For years, I always thought that homemade bread took way too much time and too much effort.

I even snickered at the people who grind their own wheat. Seriously, who has time for that?! Definitely not us.

Another simple homemade bread recipe: EASY Homemade French Bread (it makes 2 loaves and is fool proof!)


Well, we are now eating our own words. We are even grinding our own wheat into flour. Our husbands think we are super women because we can whip out 6 loaves of bread from start to finish (that even includes grinding the flour, letting it rise, AND baking time!!) in about 1 hour!

Looking for the perfect jam to spread on your homemade bread? Try our Instant Pot Strawberry Jam – it only takes 30 minutes!


*The one product that you can going to need to make this work: a Bosch Mixer.

Check out the bundle that we use HERE!

how to make 6 loaves of whole wheat bread in one hour

  1. If you are grinding your own wheat, grind what will be needed for this recipe and set aside. You can also use store bought whole wheat flour. I prefer to use half whole wheat flour and half white flour.
  2. Using your Bosch Mixer, insert the dough hook in place. Add water, dough enhancer, gluten, oil, honey, yeast, and 6 cups of whole wheat flour into the bowl then switch to “M” to mix together.
  3. Add another 7-8 cups of flour and salt. Turn the speed on the Bosch mixer to “1”. Continue adding the flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough cleans the edges of the bowl (takes only a minute or two).
  4. Continue kneading dough on speed “2” of your Bosch mixer for another 6-8 minutes.
  5. Oil your hands and add a little oil onto a clean area of your kitchen counter. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and shape into loaves.
  6. Put into greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans until double in size (usually about 20 minutes).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven once the tops are golden.

Watch how we make 6 Loaves of Bread HERE:


What kind of yeast is best in homemade bread?

Our recipe uses SAF yeast. SAF Red Label Instant Yeast is a high potency, fast acting yeast.

SAF yeast can be added directly to your dry ingredients without being activated in water first. We love the convenience of SAF. It is twice as active as regular compressed yeast.

If you can’t find SAF in your local grocery store, we recommend a quick rising yeast. Yeast that is expired or old will not work well in a recipe.

store bought flour vs fresh milled flour

We have used both store bought whole wheat flour and freshly milled flour. There are times when the store bought has been quick and convenient.

We have also used half whole wheat flour and half white flour in this recipe – this is the method that we actually recommend for the best results.

But if you have a mill, the bread made with home milled flour is so much tastier than the store bought flour – especially in flavor and texture. And fresh ground flour usually produces a faster rise.

The good news is that both store bought and fresh milled will work great in this recipe. But if you don’t have a way to ground your own wheat, you are fine using the store bought whole wheat flour for 6 delicious loaves of bread.

seed bread add-ins

We get a lot of comments from our readers saying that they love a good homemade seed bread. No worries. You can add seeds and nuts for a little bit of health and crunch to your bread. Here are some great seed and nut add ins:

  • Rolled Oats – we like to add a little into the bread dough and save some to sprinkle lightly on top of the loaf right before baking.
  • Millet – Toast the millet over medium heat in a dry pan for a few minutes before adding to your bread dough.
  • Sunflower seeds – Delicious in the bread and sprinkled lightly on top.
  • Chopped walnuts – Add a small amount into your bread dough.
  • Pumpkin seeds – This is great added into the dough.

more bread recipes to try

Many recipes you can mix by hand, but using a Bosch mixer will make it so much easier.

Serves: 6 loaves

Make 6 Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread in ONE hour!

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 14-18 cups whole wheat flour (freshly milled or store bought - I prefer to use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour)
  • 6 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 Tablespoons dough enhancer*
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten*
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (or canola, both work great)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons SAF yeast (requires no pre-dissolving)
  • 2 Tablespoons salt


  1. If grinding your own wheat, begin there (I use a hard white winter wheat, but red wheat is good too. Grinding the wheat using a NutriMill only takes about 4 minutes and it only has one ingredient: wheat!).
  2. With dough hook in place on your Bosch mixer, place water, dough enhancer, gluten, oil, honey, yeast, and 6 cups flour in the bowl. On the Bosch mixer, flip the switch over to "M" to incorporate.
  3. Add another 7-8 cups of flour and salt and turn the speed on the mixer to "1".
  4. Continue adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough cleans the edges of the bowl (takes just a minute or two).
  5. Continue kneading dough on speed "2" for another 6-8 minutes.
  6. Oil your hands and lightly oil a spot on a clean surface. Divide the dough into six equal portions and shape into loaves.
  7. Put loaves into greased pans and let rise until double in size (about 20 minutes).
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (internal temperature should be about 195 degrees and the outside will be nice and golden).


*While this recipe can be made without the dough enhancer and gluten, we highly recommend using them for the best results. The dough enhancer will improve the taste, texture and crust of the bread. The gluten allows the bread to rise, giving you perfect loaves. This recipe can be used to make monkey bread, breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, pizza dough, rolls, or you can add other things to the bread such as sesame seeds, oatmeal, cinnamon, raisins- basically anything goes!


lacto vegetarian
ovo vegetarian
dairy free
soy free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



8618 cal


33 g


1912 g


310 g
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66 Responses to “Make 6 Loaves of Whole Wheat Bread in ONE hour!”

  1. Jacquie
    I absolutely love big recipes like this! My only problem is only having two bread pans. I'm going to try this soon... ;) but I'm going to use my new kitchen aid!! My hubby loves wheat bread so I'm excited to try it!
  2. Brenda
    Ok. I've tried this twice now and I must be doing something wrong. First time I used regular all purpose flour, halved the recipe as my Cuisinart only handles 9 -10 cups of flour before grinding out. I divided the dough in 3 and got very small loaves after letting rise for 45 minutes. They were maybe 4inches tall, didn't clear the pans. Second time I used whole wheat flour, again only half recipe, and divided the dough in two, let rise 1 full hour. They took an extra 15 minutes to bake and barely cleared the pans. My pans are 9 x 5, pretty standard and I bought new yeast and measured the water temperature to be sure it wasn't too hot. The texture and flavour is great, but still small loaves. Any suggestions?
    • Saf yeast works best. I know that really makes a difference. Also using the dough enhancer from Bosch helps. I know that this recipe doesn't convert over to all-purpose- you would have to adjust it. Other than that, we have no idea!! We don't know where you live. Could be a humidity/altitude thing? Sorry we are not more help.
    • Brenda, your water may still be too hot. You can make bread with cold water and it will just take longer to rise. But if you make it with water that is too hot, it will kill the yeast. I suggest making your water feel only warm to the touch (not hotter than 90 degrees F). Just stick your finger in it to see how hot it feels. The other thing that keeps bread from rising well is if there's not enough surface tension on the loaf. Make sure you pull the dough from top to bottom several times as you shape the loaves so that the outside of the dough has plenty of surface tension. Hope that helps!
    • Even though I don't have to, I let my yeast proof (let it sit in the warm water till it gets foamy) and add my honey and oil. Then I always know it's going to work off the bat. Also, if you put salt on your yeast it will kill it, so I put in my flour and then the salt on top. All purpose flour does work different in bread than whole wheat flour. It always seems like I need more all purpose flour than what it calls for in whole wheat. If you want to do white flour, try bread flour (it's higher in protein). In my experience, freshly ground whole wheat flour works better than even store-bought whole wheat flour (plus you have more nutrients b/c the vitamins degrade over time). I have lived in both humid and dry climates and my recipe works just fine in both. I also do my own dough enhancer: 1. Use the same amount of white vinegar as yeast. 2. ~1/2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten (makes your bread nice and chewy) in the bottom of each cup of flour. 3. 1/8-1/4 cup potato flakes (not pearls) per loaf of bread.
    • Kristy
      If you cover your dough with a clean towel it will rise better. If you want it to rise faster then put a cookie sheet on also. Just don't forget about them or your dough will stick to the towel and start rising the cookie sheet.
  3. Connie Cable
    I too have a Bosch,but mine is the baby or 400 series. I lusted after this machine for a year, because they pulled all of them out of the US. Finally came back on the market. I will have to play around with this, since my machine is small. Believe me ,the mixers are worth every penny. If you check around on the net, there are several graineries that sell them. Sometimes they go on sale.
  4. Just wondering if there's a new product out there that I'm not aware of. (which is 100% possible) Are you sure it's soft white and not hard white wheat you are grinding. My dad was a wheat farmer and we couldn't use the soft white wheat for flour. But the time hard white was grown in the U.S. (about 1990) he was too old to farm anymore. How much flour can you grind at a time, and how many cups of wheat do you use for one batch of flour? If you grind more than that how do you store it to keep it fresh? Thanks.
    • Janis, I was going to comment the same thing. Soft white wheat doesn't have enough gluten in it to make bread. It is great for cookies and pancakes and such, but if you want to use it to make bread, you will have to add a lot of extra wheat gluten or it won't rise. Hard white wheat works great for bread though - just has a little milder flavor than hard red wheat.
  5. Your recipes are great. Haven't found one that wasn't delicious. I love your bread recipe. I've been making my own bread for years, and have a new Bosch (had an old one for 30 years, but it died last spring) and a Nutrimill. It all makes the best bread. I had been using a Kitchen Aid until I got the Bosch. It did all right, but I could only do 2 loaves at a time and it was so loud. I can actually carry on a conversation while mixing the bread with the Bosch. Keep up the good work.
  6. JamieLynn
    If you are using a Kitchen Aid mixer instead of a Bosch, you can only make half this recipe successfully. I often make these into smaller loaves to give away and I also use the dough for hamburger buns. I even use it for cinnamon rolls! I use molasses and honey. My recipe is more like Lyndysue's version posted here in the comment section. One reason this bread is ready in an hour is that your bread raises so quickly when you use freshly ground wheat. The grinding process creates warm wheat. If your bread isn't stable (rises then falls easily before baking) then your flour probably doesn't have enough gluten content. Try adding a few tablespoons of gluten flour or do-pep. I have also read that a crushed vitamin C tablet or lecithin (comes in liquid and powder) will also help stabilize your 100% whole wheat dough. I have had my Bosch since 1989 and would not attempt a large batch of bread without it. I love how you just add flour until the sides start to look clean and it uses so much less flour than kneading by hand. People are shocked that my 100% whole wheat bread is light and fluffy and not a door stop. Oh, and I am using 40+ year old wheat right now from my inlaws old food storage and it is working and tasting great!
  7. I really want to make this bread, but I want to make it the right way and I CANNOT find saf yeast anywhere!! And I'm not even sure which kind to order since there are different varieties. Is there another kind that works the same or a specific saf yeast to look for?
  8. Patti
    I made this recipe today. I have a Blendtec Mix n Blend II and used 12 cups of freshly ground whole wheat flour and 3 cups of AP flour (because I didn't grind quite enough wheat and didn't want to make more just then). I just cut into one of the loaves and I am in homemade bread bliss! Thanks for my new go-to wheat bread recipe! It is so tender and delicious without having to fuss with dough enhancer or vital wheat gluten. Excuse me now while I go cut myself another slice!
  9. I recently purchased a Bosch Bread Mixer and have tried the recipe Bosch posted online and on the Youtube demonstration. I do not like a sweet whole wheat bread. My question is: do you always need to add a sweetner when making bread? I'm looking for a recipe that does not have a sweetner in it. Can you help me? Thank you for any information you can give.
  10. I agree that the old Bosch mixers were the best. However, I'm not so sure that is the case now. I've just had a horrible experience and I'm broken-hearted over it. I recently bought a new Bosch and it lasted a little more than a month (just past the return date from Amazon). After three uses, I started hearing 'crickle' noises, but I discounted it as the machine working hard. Two more uses and the noise turned to grinding/grating and a heavy smell of 'hot electricity' emitting from the motor- (I use the recipe from this site, so I'm not over loading the machine). Bosch says for me to send the machine back (on my dime) and they will repair or replace it. I went online today and googled this problem. It seems that others have also experienced this. In the meantime, I am stuck with paying a very expensive freight fee for a $400 machine that I have used 5 times. I will return to making bread by hand until I get it back, whenever that may be. I am so disappointed that I could cry. I've wanted a Bosch for 20 years and now that I finally got one, it's a dud.
    • I worry about that too - my husband grew up with a Bosch in his house and raves about them, and as we were buying it we had an older lady stop and tell us how she got one for a wedding present and 50 years later (or however long) it was still working great But sadly nothing seems to be as good of quality as it used to. My parents got a cheap blender when they got married and it lasted them like 15 years - the semi expensive one my husband and I bought when we got married lasted us not quite 6 years. I'm glad we bought ours from Costco, just in case
  11. We just traded our Kitchen Aid in for a Bosch - haven't even opened the box yet, but we're excited! We always wanted a Kitchen Aid, and once we got it, we were seriously unimpressed. It didn't mix any ingredients on the sides or bottom, and after 6 years we found we were basically avoiding using it. So we got rid of it (and a few other things to help balance out the cost) and bought the Bosch - especially now that Costco is selling them! It's pricey and better last us a long time, but we're excited about it.
  12. Kelli Bullock
    I was wondering if you had ever frozen this dough? I used to make bread all the time. I made two batches, broke them into three portions. Cooked 1 and froze two. Anyway in a move I lost my bread recipe and I haven't made it since, but this recipe has tempted me to try again because homemade bread is really delicious.
  13. I can't wait to try this in my new Bosch mixer which I just bought for making larger quantities of bread at a time. For years I have been making a honey oatmeal whole wheat bread (in an old breadmaker) that incorporates about a 1/3 cup of oats that I first allow to sit in very hot water for about 20 min before adding the rest of the ingredients. I also use about half olive oil and half butter (which is also added into the hot water at the beginning to allow it to melt). But what I love about your recipe is how it makes so many loaves at once and also how it seems to eliminate the need for 2 rises. Any suggestions on how to add some oats to your recipe and swap some butter in place of the oil?
    • You should be able to use almost any recipe and just pick up on the steps after the dough is made. Here is our homemade Cinnamon rolls and you could begin at the step on rolling out the dough.

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