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Whole Wheat "Depression" Quick Bread Recipe

Caitlin Goodwin is a mom with 4 children (one with autism) and a full-time job, trying to navigate her way in a busy world.

Whole Wheat "Depression" Bread

Simple, quick whole wheat bread

Do you have fond memories of circling around your grandmother's kitchen table as a child? I can smell the fresh-baked bread topped with melting butter like it was yesterday.

While this isn't your grandmother's white flour bread, this whole-wheat quick bread is delicious, fast, and easy. The best part? This recipe doesn't require a bread maker. It's called "Depression bread" because it is made in bulk quantities for relatively cheap and with very little equipment.

It's perfect for those of us living a frugal or simple lifestyle. Instead of using regular flour, I used whole wheat flour to improve the nutrient profile.



Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

30 min

2 hours

2 small loaves


  • 4.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 Tbsp yeast
  • 1.5 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Whole Wheat Quick Bread Steps

  1. Wash your hands. Stir flour and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Make a hole in the salt and flour mixture. Pour yeast and sugar in the hole. Pour warm water in the hole over the yeast and mix with your finger to dissolve.
  3. Once dissolved, begin to mix in the loose flour. Continue kneading until you have a dough ball. If you need to add a bit more warm water, add a very small amount at a time, slowly.
  4. Set dough ball aside. Clean and dry the bowl, then spread the olive oil all over the bowl.
  5. Place the ball into the oiled bowl. Flip it over once. Cover top of bowl with a clean towel and place the bowl in a warm area. Wait about 1 hour for the dough to rise.
  6. After it's risen, punch it down and shape it into two loaves. Place each loaf into a loaf pan. If you don't have loaf pans, you can use a lightly floured cookie sheet and cover with a towel.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and let the dough rise for another half hour.
  8. Remove cloth and cook on center rack in the oven for 30 mins.
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Whole wheat quick bread with oats sprinkled on top.

Whole wheat quick bread with oats sprinkled on top.


Caitlin Goodwin (author) from West Palm Beach, FL on February 14, 2016:

Absolutely. It's called Depression bread because it could be made in bulk quantities for relatively cheap and very little equipment. It's great for our current economic downturn!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 13, 2016:

may i know what is it called depression bread?

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