How to Make Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix

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For years I have coveted a real dough mixer.  You know the kind; a mixer with a huge dough hook so I could bake 4, 5, or even 6 loaves a bread at once.  On a day last month, my dream came true.  The folks at WonderMill offered to send me their new WonderMix for testing.

Other than learning how to make bread using the WonderMix, the rules were simple.  I had to use it and I had to give one away to a lucky Backdoor Survival reader!  Pretty neat rules if you ask me.

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I will tell you about this fantastic giveaway in a bit, but first, let me tell you about the WonderMix and my bread making adventure as I was learning to use it.

The WonderMix by WonderMill

First and foremost, the WonderMix is an awesome kitchen machine.

There is nothing dainty about it except perhaps its refined looks.  This is a Rambo, macho-like machine that can mix 16 cups of flour into a dough without doing the counter-dance.  You know what that is, right?  That is when your mixer, blender, or automatic bread machine starts moving across the counter as it strains to do its thing.

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All of this is included in the box plus an extra shaft that is not shown

This is an all-in-one tool that includes a mixer and a blender as part of the standard package.  There is a dough hook, whipping whisks, and mine came with cookie whips as well.  Optionally you can get a meat grinder and even  a grain mill.

It’s 900 watt motor and direct drive high torque transmission can handle almost everything.  Honestly, that is a lot of power.  By comparison, the Kitchen Aide Artisan Stand Mixer has 325 watts of power.  That is a huge difference that translates into larger “payloads” (or batches) of dough.  I am not listing the other technical details but if interested, you can find them on the product page here.

How to Make 100% Whole Wheat Bread

My self-imposed challenge was to make 100% whole wheat bread without a smidgen or white flour.  I have had good luck with whole wheat breads like this English Muffin Bread that was made using the one-bowl method (easy-peasy, but never a real sandwich bread and never in a large quantity.

The Wonder Mix manual includes a number of recipes but I wanted tried and true.  I reached out to Linda Loosli, my gal-pal at Food Storage Moms, because I KNOW she is a master cook and a bread baking fiend. She pointed me to this recipe on her web site so I went with it after making some minor adjustments to the process.

EASY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD RECIPE

6 Cups Warm Water
⅔ Cup Olive Oil
1 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Dough Enhancer  (I ordered mine from Amazon)
2 Tablespoons Wheat Gluten
2 Tablespoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Dry Instant Milk
3 Tablespoons Yeast  (** Linda uses only 2 TBL but my yeast was old)
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
14 Cups (more or less) Whole Wheat Flour

1.  Add all of the ingredients except for the flour to the bowl and pulse a few times to mix them up up.  According to the manual, the water should be between 120 and 140 degrees so I heated it up in the microwave then used an instant thermometer to check it to be sure.

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Adding honey and other liquids to the WonderMix

2.  Initially add 6 cups of the flour and mix on the #2 setting until blended.

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This is what it looks like before adding the second batch of flour

3.  Start adding additional flour, one cup at a time until the dough cleans the side of the bowl and comes up from the bottom.  If this is not happening, add additional flour, one cup at a time until it does.  It will be sticky.

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See how the dough is moving up the bowl.  I added more flour because it was very sticky.

4.  Knead on speed #2 for 5 minutes.  If it still is very sticky, add even more flour, one tablespoon at a time until it is less so.  The dough should literally be free of the sides of the bowl.

Note:  I stopped at 16 cups of flour and think I should have used more.  The bread came out fine but shaping it into loafs was a scene for Laurel and Hardy.  Shelly was helping and laughing at me.

5.  Slightly oil your hands and turn the dough out onto the counter.

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I should have used more flour because the turnout out dough was a blob.
The baked bread, however, was perfect!!!

6.  Shape into loaves and placed in well-greased pans.

Note:  I used both silicone pans which I love but are on the small side, as well as standard, loaf sized pans.  Both worked equally well.

7.  Cover and let rise until doubled.

8.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes or until the inside temperature of the bread registers 180 degrees.

Makes 5 to 6 loaves.

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One of the finished loaves

How the Heck Did It Taste?

To be honest, I was skeptical. As the loaves came out of the oven they smelled heavenly but the crust seemed a bit on the soft said.  I PM’d Linda on Facebook telling her I may have had a major fail.  This was late at night so I went to bed thinking I would deal with my bread in the morning.

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Smaller loaves from the silicone pans

I don’t eat breakfast but Shelly aka the Survival Husband does.  Four slices of bread later, he claimed it was a winner and a lot, I mean A LOT, better than 100% whole wheat bread from the bread machine.

To be honest, although this was my first time out with the WonderMix, my guess is that will a bit of experience, I could through the ingredients for 6 loaves together is just slightly longer than it takes to to load the ABM.  I hear a challenge coming on!

The Giveaway

All right; this is the part you have been waiting for.  I have a WonderMix that has your name on it!  The current price is $299.99 and I am thrilled to offer one as a giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Over the next few months, I plan to use my WonderMix for all sorts of things.  I want to make a sourdough starter and make sourdough bread without yeast?  Can I do it?  So far my sourdough efforts have not panned out very well.

I also want to make some salsa and some margaritas using the blender.  That I know I can do but heck, summer is coming and I have plenty of volunteers to test the results!  Also, from my friend Linda, I have a recipe for cinnamon rolls with my name on it.  First, though, I need to lose 5 pounds.  Yes, I am still working on that, too.

Finally, a word about Linda.  As I mentioned, her website is Food Storage Moms, but the big news is she has a book coming out late this year.  Published by MacMillan, this is not a wienie book but the real deal. Anyway, she has been so helpful to me that I thought I would put it out there so the whole world (okay, Backdoor Survival Land) knew about it.

With that, I am going back to my baking.  Good luck everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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WonderMix Deluxe Kitchen Mixer (with Blender & Cookie Whips): Here it is; my beautiful dough making machine.  Of course it will do a lot more such as whip up cakes, cookies, and, with the included blender, smoothies, salad dressings, and margaritas.

Silicone Bread and Loaf Pan Set of 2: If you have not baked with silicone pans before, you are in for a treat.  They distribute the heat well and are a cinch to clean up.  The only drawback to these, if you want to call it that, is they are a bit smaller than a standard loaf pan.

Dough Conditioner – 4 Pound Can: I shopped around and the best value on dough enhancer was this Honeyville brand.  It is my understanding that dough enhancer could be left out but that using it will result in a fluffier end product.

Bob’s Red Mill – Vital Wheat Gluten:  I have been using vital gluten for years whenever I bake with whole wheat.  Using it pretty much guarantees success.

Taylor 5989N Classic Instant Read Pocket Thermometer:  This is the one I own.  Actually, I own more than one.  Thank goodness Amazon keeps track of all of my old orders so I can remember what I ordered!  Mine bangs around in a utensil drawer and I have never had a problem.

Ove’ Glove Hot Surface Handler: These oven gloves withstand extreme heat up to 540 degrees F. If you could see the scars that I have from my pre-Ove Glove days, you would know why I endorse them. They can be used by both left and right handers and are washable in the washing machine. A Survival Woman must have if you do any cooking at all.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: You don’t need any equipment at all to make artisan bread using this method.

Danish Dough WhiskThe Secret Art of Making Pizza At Home   Backdoor Survival: This gizmo makes the mixing up the dough a lot – and I mean a lot – easier.  You will definitely want one of these.

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How to Make Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix — 226 Comments

  1. My husband loves to make us bread. I love the smell in my home, reminds me of childhood, and he loves the taste of warm out of the oven bread. Plus the great thing is you can control what goes into it, so no allergic reactions for me. He sure takes care of me. Wish I could try this. I would make sweet breads and even pizza , and pasty dough.Thank you for the chance.

  2. The first action I would take is to read the instructions – don’t need to mess up such a beautiful thing as homemade bread!

  3. The first thing I would do with the Wondermix is make a couple of loaves of bread, followed by a couple batches of cookies.

  4. I’d like to try and make my grandmothers Kuffin (German coffee cake with strudel), her cinnamon rolls and bread! Love all things bread related!!! Such a tasty give-a-way to be a part of. Thanks for sharing and thanks to all involved with this! Can’t wait to try it.

  5. I love that you can get 6 loaves from one batch! I would make the bread and bless my neighbors! I have fond memories of a neighbor who used to do this and always loved being on the receiving end. Now I can bless others!

  6. Play with it! I have only ever made bread the old fashioned way, as those fancy machines were out of my budget! Sooooo, the sky is the limit as far as possibilities!

  7. Make some bread for friends. I’m currently on a low-carb diet, but not forever. One of my Christmas gifts this year was The Bread Bible. I plan on putting it to good use.

  8. I have always wanted to make bread, but it is so overwhelming when you look at the recipes. This bread maker would be wonderful. I would make bread until the cows come home. thanks

  9. I would make bread of course! I’d try my favorite – Grammy’s Bread from “The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast” by Melissa Richardson. Wonderful stuff!

  10. First thing I would do is unwrap it, read the distructions as Da Hubs calls them LOL, do my happy dance with my kitty, Miss Chloe and then go on a bread making spree. I have Lupus and the hands and arms(due to arthritis) don’t last long enough to mix the bread dough for more than one or two loaves at a time. This is something on my wish list of things to receive.

  11. I would make some whole wheat bread. I have a WonderMill that I grind my wheat with but sure could use this WonderMix. My family would be thrilled to have fresh bread more often.

  12. I would love to have a wondermix.. from what I have heard from other people that have one they are superior in many ways.. right now we use a hand grinder which is good to..

  13. I make bread the old fashion way, to be able to use a Wondermix would truly be a blessing, I have never tried whole wheat bread, so I would take your recipe and make the 6 loaves and get a gift jar of honey and share with the elderly neighbors I have, what a blessed treat for them. Sharing makes winning the best part of it all, and I do love to share with those who are less fortunate in this world, we need to take the time to help someone who may have been forgotten to smile again, that makes me happy.

  14. i would clear the cabinet under the counter of unused accumulated stuff so that I have a space for my wonder mill and wondermix and accessories without clutter to make it convenient to easily use.

  15. Bread, muffins, bread, oh and quite possibly more bread. I would get rid of my bread maker (only use it for the knead cycle).

  16. First, I’m going to stand there and admire this wondrous creation. Then I am going to get busy making bread. We are finally free here, thanks to Cottage Laws, to sell certain homemade products. So we will be busy making, selling, and eating! lots and lots of yummy bread, rolls, etc!

  17. If you want a crustier bread, punch down the dough at least three times. I am a chef and get this question a lot for pizza dough, bread dough and rolls. Always incorporate as much flour as the dough can handle, if it separates from the side of the bowl and goes into an automatic ball, your done.
    Good luck on future batches.

  18. I’ve made plenty of bread and even took a bread making course in 4-H as a kid. I stopped making bread when I lived in Colorado since the altitude was tricky but now I’d like to make a gluten free bread and see how that turns out, especially with this lovely appliance. Thanks.

  19. I would make a large batch of bread dough. I have a mixer but it is not very it is not very good so I ended up to knit the dough by hand. Right now, I can make only 1 loaf at a time which isn’t very practical. A perfect addition to my mill.

  20. You might consider adding the extra (inexpensive) ingredients that will turn any dough into “Cornell bread.” You may google it and find out all there is to know about it. By adding these items, you are essentially turning the bread into a very beneficial protein. Fantastic stuff. Thanks, Gaye, for all you do.

  21. I would love to make some artisan breads. I’ve got several recipes I’ve been wanting to try. This makes it look easier.

  22. The first thing I would do would be to make a large batch of pizza dough. I can then have pizza whenever and with my family they would have homemade pizza nightly if they could get me to make all the dough all the time.

  23. Our old bread machine is about ready to give up the ghost, so a wondermix would start out by taking over the pizza crust making duties before moving on to bigger and better things.

  24. I would make a huge batch of bread. My Kitchenaid mixer died a couple months ago, and we haven’t been able to afford to replace it (who knew the internal gears were plastic?!!). We so miss having fresh bread, not to mention not paying the $5/loaf for the cheapest bread in the store (yeah, Hawaii has it’s down sides).

  25. Certainly one of your best giveaways for website. This product would remove the one part of making bread that is the most difficult. Looking forward to making lots of bread

  26. Would compare the result with my bread machine. Looks like you can make much bigger loaves this way – which would be nice.

  27. My wife bakes bread, pecan rolls, cinnamon rolls and many other bakery goods. This would make it easier for her. She would bake a lot more than she does now.

  28. I would first make a batch of chocolate chcip tollhouse cookies, then on to some sourdough bread and after that maybe some pizza dough. Damn, I am making myself hungary just thinking about the possibilities.

  29. I once worked in a kitchen that had a 25 quart floor mixer. That was one of the few times kneading bread dough was fun. I think making bread is about to become fun again.

  30. Bread is the one thing that I can not do with out. My wife makes bread currently by hand this would be an awesome upgrade. 🙂

  31. I don’t have a mixer since mine bit the dust so the first thing I would make is a big batch of Snickerdoodles. Next would be rye bread. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this awesome mixer. Good luck everyone.

  32. I never used or even seen one of these before although I’ve heard of them. Would love to put one through it’s paces.

  33. I’ve never heard of a WonderMix before so this is intriguing. The first thing I would do is jump up & down screaming because I won!

  34. I would make a bunch of loaves of bread and pass them out to my kid’s teachers and the bus drivers. I’d like to thank them for taking care of our kids while their away from home. Then, freeze leftovers or make French toast!

  35. I’d love to use this machine to make my own bread which I presently do. Curious as to why lemon juice is used in the recipe…for whole wheat bread, many use orange juice to counteract the bitterness of whole wheat.

  36. I am seriously excited about this giveaway! I’d probably make up some French or Italian loaves with it, or maybe some oatmeal bread…yum! Although whole wheat bread is great and nutritious, I’m the only one who would eat it…so best to make things that make my whole family happy. 🙂

  37. I would be pretty excited if I won. The first thing I would attempt would be homemade raisin bread to share with my friends; after that, I would be making my way through all of the best bread recipes I could find! 🙂

  38. I would definitely make some good, basic bread – my husband absolutely loves breads of all kinds and would be floored if he walked into some freshly baking! I’ve been shy about trying it myself since my mother had a breadmaker and that’s all I’ve known. This would definitely get my confidence up!

  39. Make bread!! Ive been using mixer without the hook, just regular attachment, I have to do last part by hand, gets to be too much for the mixer and afraid it will burn out!

  40. It would be a wonderful addition to our house. I’m trying to make more things from scratch and this would help out tremendously!

  41. I would make bread. I’m wondering if I could get by with telling people that eat my bread that these little crawling things are seeds of some sort?

  42. I have a great recipe for 5 loaves of bread that I used to make by hand many years ago. I don’t have the strength it takes anymore and bread machines can’t handle it. I would dearly love to own the Wonder Mix and make this bread recipe again!!

  43. First I would make this wheat bread. But second, I would try to make gluten-free bread, as one of my kids is gluten-intolerant, and I know the smell of freshly baked bread would have her wanting some bread of her own.

  44. The first thing I would do, after reading the directions, is make some bread, any kind but you recipe sounds really good.

  45. Make Bread, of course. I am really interested in expanding my kitchen to include grain mills and better equipment.

  46. Actually, I would love to try out the bread recipe you posted. Then I’d probably make some monkey bread for my kids!

  47. Been baking bread for years and using an old bread maker to mix the dough as the old hands are not up to the old manual way.

    Even if I don’t win, this looks like the item to save the pennies for.

  48. I would probably try for some cinnamon bread! That stuff always vanishes around here and is expensive. Plus what I buy at the store has who knows what other junk in it!

    • I would also start saving for the optional grain mill. At around $140 it is a bit expensive for an attachment, but should be worth it.

  49. I would make a fresh loaf of bread for my mother who lost my father and who has dementia. She is getting pickier with what she will eat and her appetite has decreased but she loves good bread.

  50. I would spend a glorious weekend baking bread and by opening all my windows, neighbors near and far would smell my bread and join me for a slice of heaven!

  51. I really like the idea of making excellent bread at home more or less cheaper than store bought. My problem is not good bread when all the ingredients are available but what do we do when we are out of something and likely not going to get it for awhile if at all. Fried polenta?

  52. I have wanted one for a long time! My Kitchen Aid broke down last fall and I was terribly disappointed as I use it all the time. It was not very old and I was really mad that it broke when it did not last that long for the money it cost. Hope I win it 🙂

  53. I love making bread for my guys at the VA and the really seem to enjoy it and the food isn’t all that tasty. I have a small bread maker that only makes a half loaf. I would love to get my hands on one that I could make bigger and better loaves.

  54. You know, I have never made bread and I’m almost 50 years old. I remember my mom making it. It’s about time I’d give it a try.

  55. I’d give it to my daughter. I’m a celiac, but my daughter and her sons love home baked bread. Her hands don’t work well due to a genetic illness, and she can really use this.

  56. I currently bake bread every week, using my bread machine. I have always wanted to try this machine. Nothing like fresh baked bread

  57. I would make some wheat breads with lots of whole grains mixed in. Love that kind of bread, but it is so expensive in stores.

  58. First I would bake the whole wheat bread that you gave the recipe for in your article. Then I’d make some French bread from the recipe that I usually use. It would be an interesting experiment to prepare dough for multiple loaves and compare the results from the same batch when cooking half of it in the regular oven and half in the Sun Oven. Meanwhile, I’d check into ordering the meat grinder attachment. My husband recently shot a feral hog. We’d like to make some sausage with some of it. Sure would be neat to win the Wonder Mix!

  59. I have made bread sense I was in 4th grade and in 4-H. My Mama tied a dish cloth around my neck to keep my clothes clean! I still make bread. This looks like a great addition to my kitchen! Thank you for this opportunity.

  60. I’m excited! Would love to start making bread again. I’ve always done it the old fashioned way. The only drawback is all the weight I would put on as I cannot resist warm, homemade bread smothered in butter. Yikes!

  61. I would bake a batch of Sourdough followed by a batch of cracked wheat to share with family and friends, but the most fun would be to bake fresh pastries for our grandson’s group home.

  62. The first thing I would make is my grandmother’s recipe for honey multi-grain bread. It smells so good while it is baking and tastes so good with a little raspberry jam on it when it is done.

  63. The first thing I would try making is your EASY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD RECIPE. I love wheat bread and your bread looks delicious. Thanks for having this gr

  64. Since I have never successfully made a loaf of yeast bread, that is what I would try first in the WonderMix. I think it would finally help me get it done. I’d like to try some very light yeast rolls. Every time I have made them, they come out heavy and dense.

  65. First thing I would do is a happy dance, then find a spot for it. And bake some bread, and enjoy the smell of fresh bread baking.A slice of heaven on a plate.

  66. My husband and I will try the recipe first and if it is as good as this article says, we will add it to our collection. If we are unable to go market we will hopefully be able to make our own whole wheat bread.

  67. The very first thing i would make is this absolutely amazing Amish white bread recipe that i have. I don;t make it as often as i use to anymore though, because kneading the dough is killer on my wrists.

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