One simple recipe for whole wheat bread requires water, active dry yeast and honey. It also calls for bread flour, whole wheat flour, butter and salt.
First, mix 3 cups of warm water, 0.5 ounces of dry active yeast and one third cup of honey together in a large bowl. Add 5 cups of white bread flour, stir, then let the mixture sit for 30 minutes or until it becomes big and bubbly. Next, mix in 3 tablespoons of melted butter, another third cup of honey and some salt. Stir in 2 cups of whole wheat flour, then flour a flat surface, and knead the mixture with whole wheat flour until it is pulling away from the counter but still sticky to the touch. This may take up to 4 cups of additional whole wheat flour.
Place the dough into a greased bowl, turning the ball over once to coat it. Cover the dough with a towel, and let it rise in a warm spot to twice its original size. After the dough rises, punch it down, and divide it up into three loaves. Place each loaf into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, and let them rise until the dough tops the pans by an inch.
Finally, bake each loaf in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes. After removing the bread, brush the top of the loaves with two tablespoons of melted butter, and let them cool completely.