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Brown Bread-just one loaf

Sometimes I just want one loaf of fresh bread.
I adjusted my mom's brown bread recipe to fit into my bread machine.
It can be mixed and baked in a bread machine,
or set bread machine on dough cycle, and bake in oven.
This bread also is easy to mix by hand.

-1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, very hot out of tap
-1 tablespoon liquid honey (melt hard honey in microwave it you don't have liquid)
-1/8 teaspoon lemon juice
-1 tablespoon margarine (break into little pieces to add into machine)
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
-1 1/2 cups white flour
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1 1/2 teaspoonsyeast - if making and baking in bread machine use Bread Machine Yeast
-if making dough in machine but baking in oven use instant or fast rise yeast

Place ingredients in order given into bread machine pan. Choose dough cycle if you want to bake in oven once the dough is ready, or set on whole wheat cycle if baking in machine.
If baking in oven, once the dough cycle is complete, remove dough, on a lightly floured counter form dough into a loaf shape and place into greased and floured bread pan. Allow to rise until doubled. (about 3/4 hour)
Bake in preheated 375ยบ oven for 25 minutes. Let bread rest in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.


  1. That looks like wonderful bread. I haven't seen a bread recipe with lemon juice in it before. I wonder what chemical reaction it performs?

  2. Oh it does look wonderful and how nice to be able to walk into the door at the end of the day to smell bread baking.

  3. my bread machine can do 2, 2 1/2, and 3 lb. loaf sizes... do you know what size this would be? It sounds scrumptious!

  4. Bread machine is going, will use dough cycle-bake in oven this time, will let you what my testers said ....

  5. I can almost smell it..I love the aroma of baking bread..looks delicious Kathy!

  6. I'm ready to devour this right now..Can you drop a loaf off at my house? I love home-made bread.

  7. I use lemon juice in all my whole wheat recipes - I was told it breaks down compounds in the whole wheat flour making it more digestable and bioavailable. Sure makes the bread nice and soft!

  8. There's nothing quite as comforting as smelling bread baking...
    Beautiful loaf!

  9. I am thinking that is what I need...a good bread making machine. I will have to cave into buying one eventually and why not, with such great recipes as these!

  10. Make this bread for dinner and posted the result with your link to my blog....
    thank you so much for sharing

  11. I just discovered your blog this week and it's fantastic. This recipe is lovely, soft, with a nice crust. I made by hand and it turned out great.

  12. I'm going to try this one. I usually do 6-7 at a time..

  13. great idea, cause sometimes you want just one

  14. Just tried this recipe on the weekend and the family absolutely loved it. I have less than a qtr left on Monday!

    A bit of work for one loaf next time I will double the recipe and either make two loaves or something else which the family also likes is one loaf and buns for sandwiches during the shool week.

    First try on your blog and loving it.

  15. I've just recently decided to make my own bread and tried this recipe. It works great for us. We don't go through too much bread, so by making one loaf at a time it's always fresh. Plus with two little ones at home, if I"m out of bread I can make this while they are napping and have a fresh loaf ready for supper. I use my KA mixer, just throw everything in and let it do the rest. It couldn't be easier! Thanks so much.

  16. I tried this loaf today but it didn't really turn out like I thought it would. It was quite dense...I followed the directions, using the machine to work the dough and baking in the oven. Does anyone know why it would have turned out like this? (Me and yeast breads have not made good friends yet...and I've tried for a while now!) lol!

    1. i know the feeling same with me

  17. How exactly would we do this recipe without a bread machine?

    Thank you.

  18. To mix by hand.....
    1) In a microwave bowl heat water. Add butter and stir until dissolved.
    2) Add all the other wet ingredients as well as the salt and sugar.
    3) Place all flour into a large bowl. Add instant yeast and give a good stir.
    4) Pour heated liquid over flour and yeast and knead.
    5) Once you have a nice soft dough allow to rise, punch down, form loaf and put into greased pan. Allow to rise until double in size. Bake.
    Hope that helps you out!:) Happy Baking!

    1. THANK YOU that was going to be my question

  19. Love this one loaf recipe! Mixed this up by hand exactly as stated and it turned out perfect, delicious and all in less than 2 hours! This is the way my Mom's tasted but my husband prefers a darker and more dense loaf (like his Mom's).
    Kathy, would you be able to recommend a MGCC recipe for a darker and more dense loaf of brown or multi-grain bread? Or could your one loaf recipe be adapted to produce a denser loaf? Then both my husband and I would be happy! Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love this recipe and will make it today to go with smoked ham hock pea soup. I use my bread machine for the recipe & use the 'dough' setting. Comes out perfect!

  21. I have made this recipe several times by hand and love that I can make just one loaf. Used to make 4-2# loaves at a time in my Bosch when I had my daycare, but with just the two of us now, one loaf lasts a long time. A friend wants me to teach her to make bread but she can't knead with the arthritis in her hands, so we will do this in her Kitchenaid machine. I always use regular yeast as I like to "proof" my yeast. Love all your recipes! Thanks for sharing them.


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