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Honey Wheat Black Bread Recipe Honey Wheat Black Bread Recipe

This loaf, often known as Canadian Brown Bread, is dark and quite sweet, but pleasingly so; we love it with just a plain pat of butter.

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At a glance

8 mini loaves
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 to 1 1/8 cups cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour*
  • 1 2/3 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered caramel color, optional; for darker color
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • *If you don't use King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour, reduce the amount of water to 3/4 cup, adding additional water if necessary to make a soft, smooth dough.


  1. Note: As of 1/11/17, the amounts of water, honey, and butter in this recipe have been adjusted slightly to produce a more workable dough.
  2. To make the dough: Measure out the flour by stirring it in the canister, then spooning it lightly into a measuring cup and sweeping off the excess. Starting with the smaller amount of water, mix and knead all of the ingredients — by hand, or using an electric mixer or the dough cycle of your bread machine — to form a smooth, soft dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise until doubled in bulk, at least 1 hour.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a small log-shaped loaf. This dough is soft, so use flour or a non-stick spray on your hands.
  5. Sprinkle a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet with cornmeal, place the loaves on the sheet, and cover. Let the loaves rise for 1 hour, or until they look puffy but aren't doubled in size. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Bake the bread for 20 to 25 minutes. The loaves will appear slightly darker on the top when they're done. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.
  7. Store, wrapped, for 4 days at room temperature, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 127g
  • Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 300
  • Calories from Fat 35
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 440mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 61g
  • Dietary Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Protein 8g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.