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Kid-Approved Whole Wheat French Bread

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When it comes to whole wheat bread, the “kid-approved” label is a must in our home. We’ve discovered a healthy and delicious whole wheat bread from a local Utah company that’s perfect for sandwiches and the essential breakfast toast. But when it comes to dinnertime, our side of choice has always been my closely guarded dinner roll recipe.

That is, until I found this whole wheat French bread recipe on Food.com. It was super easy, especially if you use a bread machine to do the mixing and initial rising, and it baked up perfectly! The crust was nice and crisp and the inside was soft and chewy…and the overall wheat taste wasn’t overbearing.

My family devoured the entire loaf of whole wheat French bread; I have a feeling your family will too! You could even try it using 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour for an even healthier option. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat French Bread
1 T yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 T olive oil
2 cups whole wheat flour*
2 cups white flour

  1. Dissolve yeast in water and add a pinch of sugar. Let rest about 5 minutes or until it begins to foam. Stir in salt, oil and half of the flour.
  2. Gradually add remaining flour, mixing well. Knead 8 to 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double in size (about 1/2 to 1 hour).
  3. Punch dough down and let rise again until double in size (about 1/2 to 1 hour).
  4. Punch down a third time. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough into an oblong shape and then roll up, starting on the longest side. Pinch to seal, forming a long, thin loaf.
  5. Place on a greased cookie sheet and cut the top of the dough with a sharp knife diagonally 3 to 5 times. Brush with egg whites and let raise till double again (about 1 hour).
  6. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Use within one day or double wrap and freeze.

* I prefer King Arthur Premium 100% Whole Wheat Flour; its texture is the best I’ve found for making whole wheat baked goods.

Note: You can also use this recipe in your bread machine. Simply add the ingredients in the order indicated by the manufacturer and set it on the dough cycle. After it was ready, all I did was punch down the dough and then follow the  recipe starting with rolling it into an oblong shape.

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  • Karly

    Very yummy, added 2 TBSP of honey. Family loved it!

  • Melissa

    Per a friends suggestion for baking whole wheat bread, I added a half cup of sweetner to this recipe (stevia, to be exact). It was delicious! Thaank you!

  • Am

    what kind of white flour did you use? Can you substitute bread flour instead?

  • SGM, I hope your family enjoys it!

  • SGM

    This sounds yummy! I am always looking for new recipes using whole wheat. Our family loves Kamut Wheat and our favorite is in pancakes! Will have to give this a try 🙂

  • Thank you, Lorant! Now I know it’s definitely a keeper!

  • Lorant

    Being from France I would like to say that this recipe is pretty darn good for French Bread. Salut!