Honey wheat brown bread - Ruchiskitchen
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Honey wheat brown bread

This is a terrific loaf of bread, and I often make this bread as an accompaniment to my soups. Love the texture of this bread; it's fluffy, light and super delicious.
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
MINUTES 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12 SERVINGS
Calories 326kcal
Author Ruchi


  • 3.5 cups Wheat flour
  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon Cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon Active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1.5 cup Water (add 1/4 cup more if needed)
  • 2 tablespoon Butter for brushing
  • 2 tablespoon Rolled Oats to sprinkle on top
  • A pinch of Brown color (optional)



  • Combine yeast and sugar together.
  • Add water and..
  • Mix it well. Let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  • Once the yeast activates (frothy and bubbly), go ahead with the recipe. If the yeast fails to do so, please discard and start over.
    Activated Yeast- Ruchiskitchen
  • In a bowl add wheat flour,bread flour, and baking powder.
  • Add salt.
  • Cocoa powder.
  • Brown sugar.
  • Stir in liquids - honey and oil.
  • Pour in yeast, water and..
  • Knead the dough until starts to come together like a ball of dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and set it in a warm place. Cover with a clean a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for an hour.
  • The dough will double in size.
  • Choose a big bowl for the dough. :)


  • Move the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it again for a few more minutes.
  • Knead the dough by hand for 4-5 minutes until it looks smooth and non-sticky. Keep adding flour as necessary. 
  • Divide the dough in 4 equal parts.
  • Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough.
  • Fold and roll the dough as shown in the pictures.
  • Pinch all the seams and ..
  • Roll on the surface and make it look like a loaf of bread or a log.
  • Since I don't have a small loaf pan, I have wrapped all my loaves in aluminum foil.
  • Cover it again and set it in a warm place and let it rise for another 1 hour. Since the dough was wrapped in foil, it will maintain it's loaf shape.
  • Preheat oven @ 350 degree F. Arrange loaf on a baking tray.
  • Brush with butter and sprinkle rolled oats on top.
    Honey Wheat Brown Bread
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes.
    Honey Wheat Brown Bread
  • Remove the bread from the oven and let them cool. Brush with butter and..
    Honey Wheat Brown Bread
  • Serve hot with your favorite soup or pasta.
    Honey Wheat Brown Bread | Ruchiskitchen


Some Tips to consider, What could possibly go wrong!
  • Wheat flour can be swapped with all purpose flour. 
  • No bread flour, no worries, sub it with all purpose flour. I chose bread flour because of its protein content that helps in gluten formation.
  • Don't have brown sugar - leave it out or use the exact amount of honey. This bread has the right amount of honey to balance the flavor of cocoa powder.
  • Not a lover of cocoa in bread, skip it altogether and make a simple honey wheat bread.
  • Initially, I had added 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder to attain this dark brown color but found it too much so altered it to 3 tablespoons. Feel free to add a pinch of brown color to achieve this deep rich brown color. Mix equal part of red and green to make brown color.
  • Since I didn't have small loaf pans, I have wrapped my loaves in aluminum foil. But if you have a small loaf pan bake the bread in that.
  • Yeast not activated - please discard and start again. Do not proceed with the recipe. 
  • Do not over knead the dough. Over kneading may result in denser bread.
  • Give the loaf a nice warm place to rise. My best spot is my oven - with its light (oven light) on.
Can be Vegan too!
  • 1/2 cup of honey can be substituted with 1/3 cup of Maple syrup + 1.5 tablespoons of sugar. 
  • Replace regular butter with vegan butter. 


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2.2mg