Old-Style Whole-Wheat Bread

Serves: 20Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 3 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 20


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup hot water
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1⁄8 tsp. dried lemon peel, crushed
  • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. Spectrum Naturals Organic All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1⁄2 cups whole-wheat flour


  • Add the yeast to the warm water. Stir in the all-purpose flour and granulated sugar. Beat the mixture until smooth, either by hand or with a mixer. Set the mixture in a warm place to “proof” until it becomes foamy and bubbly (up to 1 hour).
  • Combine the hot water, salt, mustard powder, lemon peel, brown sugar, and shortening; stir. Allow to cool until lukewarm. Add to the bubbly flour mixture. Stir in the whole wheat flour and beat until smooth, but do not knead.
  • Divide the dough into 2 loaf pans treated with nonstick spray; cover and set in a warm place until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350° and bake for 50 minutes.