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Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread Copycat Recipe

This Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread, is so easy to make, and extremely filling. I can only have one slice, then I am stuffed.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best bread, Great Harvest bread, honey whole wheat bread, Whole Wheat Bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 306kcal


  • 4 cups water very warm (see note)
  • 3 Tablespoons active-dry yeast
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 10-11 cups whole wheat flour (freshly ground if possible)


  • In a large bowl, add water, yeast, honey and salt. Let it rest for 5 minutes (or until the yeast foams).
  • Add in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading it between each cup of flour added if you are making it by hand. If you are making it with a mixer (like a Bosch or Kitchen Aid), use a paddle attachment and just let it mix while you add the flour.
  • Knead bread for about 5 minutes. If the dough is sticky, add only enough flour so that the dough barely pulls away from the bowl. Every time I make bread, the amount of flour I use varies - humidity and elevation will make a big difference too. I usually use between 10-11 cups.
  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees; turn the oven off, and let dough rise inside the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove bowl from oven. Spray the back of your hand with cooking spray and punch down the dough. Form into a log and cut in half, forming two larger-sized loaves. Put into 2 greased loaf pans.
  • Again, preheat oven (if it's not warm anymore) to 170 degrees and let the dough in the pans rise in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the dough doubles in size.
  • Remove dough from oven and set oven temperature to 350 degrees. Once oven is pre-heated, place the loaves back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from pans immediately and let cool completely on a cooling rack.


*You don't want the water to be TOO hot, or it will kill the yeast. I would say that it's maybe around 110 degrees. My rule of thumb is as warm as you can stand to wash your face in.


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3mg