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Whole Wheat Amish Friendship Bread by Melody O'Banion | friendshipbreadkitchen.com
Whole Wheat Bread
Prep Time
5 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
6 hrs

Slice and serve this 100% Whole Wheat Amish Friendship Bread for your next lunch buffet.

Servings: 3 loaves
  • 1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • cups warm water
  • ¼ cup honey (or sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (omit if using bread flour)
  • 6 cups whole wheat flour (or bread flour)
  1. In a stand mixer bowl, stir together warm water, honey, and yeast. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

  2. Next, add starter, oil, eggs, salt, wheat gluten, and 4 cups of the flour and mix.

  3. Gradually add remaining flour until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.

  4. While dough is in the mixing bowl, knead for about 8 to 10 minutes. By the time the kneading is over, the sides of the bowl should be clean.

  5. Oil bottom and sides of a large bowl. Put dough into bowl and cover. (Let rise in the mixer bowl.)

  6. Let dough stand about three hours (or until doubled) at room temperature.

  7. Finally, punch dough down and divide into three equal balls.

  8. Grease three loaf pans.

  9. On a floured surface, knead each ball, shape into loaves and place into greased loaf pans.

  10. Cover and let stand about two hours or until risen.

  11. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).

  12. Bake 30-40 minutes (Cover with foil after lightly browned to prevent a dark crust.)

  13. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

If this bread is too sweet for your taste you can half the amount of sugar added to Day 6 and Day 10 of the starter. This change will not affect the baking of the bread. You can also freeze one cup of starter on Day 10, take it out, thaw it, and bake with it whenever you need more bread.