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Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Updated on April 5, 2013

Easy 100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

This whole wheat bread recipe has to be the easiest way to make 100% whole wheat bread at home. Homemade bread is a lot simpler than most people realise and also produces bread that can be much healthier than the store bought variety. You only need a few basic ingredients to produce delicious bread and fill your home with the lovely fresh baked aroma.

In some parts of the world "whole wheat" bread might be known as "wholemeal". As long as the bread is made using flour that contains all parts of the wheat grain then you are talking about the same thing. There are a number of different ways the flour can be milled so you can find coarse or finely ground varieties of whole wheat flour.

You don't need a bread machine or even a mixer to prepare this dough. Just a large bowl and some table space to do a little kneading. The kneading only takes about ten minutes and can be a great stress reliever. That's just another benefit of making bread at home.

Once you master this basic whole wheat bread recipe you can experiment with adding other ingredients to create your own family favourite bread variety.

Basic Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

All you really need to produce whole wheat bread at home is five basic ingredients. This recipe produces enough for two large loaves or you can form into other shapes or even bread rolls if you choose.


1 kilogram Whole Wheat Bread Flour

25 grams Salt

20 grams Brown Sugar

21 grams Dry Yeast (3 sachets)

650 ml Water (slightly warm or "tepid")

The amount of salt in this recipe is slightly higher than that used in white bread. This is to counter the "bland" flavour of the bran contained in whole wheat flour.

The yeast is also increased for two reasons, to balance the increased salt level and also due to the heavier nature of whole wheat dough. Both of these factors would otherwise cause the bread to rise much more slowly.

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1. Place all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and give them a dry mix with a wooden spoon (it doesn't have to be wood, I'm just a traditionalist).

2. Make a well in the center and pour in the water.

3. Gradually stir the flour into the water until it is all incorporated. Flour can vary or humidity can make a difference so you might find you need to add a little more flour or water to produce a workable dough. A whole wheat dough may tighten a little during kneading as the bran takes up water but you don't want it too sticky or too tough to work with.

4. Now it's time to get your hands dirty. Turn your dough out onto a floured surface. A board or even just your table top is fine. Start kneading the dough. Feel free to stretch, pull or punch the dough in all directions. Then roll it back up and stretch, pull or punch again. Any technique you choose will be fine, just keep working the dough for about 10 minutes until it is even in texture.

5. Now roll the dough into a ball and place it into a lightly greased container that can be covered. You can use your mixing bowl if it has enough room for the dough to double in size, or use a large plastic container or even a bucket. Cover with a lid, plastic wrap or a damp towel.

6. Place the dough in a warm place (not too hot, yeast starts to die above 50 C) until it doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour. Don't worry if you can't find a spot warm enough, it will still rise but it might just take a little longer.

7. Once your dough has doubled, punch it down and take it out of the container. Now divide it into 2 even portions. Press the pieces out flat and then roll into loaf shapes.

8. Place the dough pieces into large loaf tins and cover again to allow to rise. Plastic wrap or a damp towel will be fine. Sit in a warm place and allow the dough to rise until it reaches the top of the tin. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F)

9. Once the dough has reached the top of the tin remove the cover and place in your pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes. You can check if it is baked by knocking on the crust and listening for a hollow sound.

10. Remove from tins and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy your fresh baked whole wheat bread!.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

You can easily turn this recipe into delicious Honey Whole Wheat Bread by substituting honey for the sugar.

Try 2 tablespoons but feel free to experiment each time you make the dough until you get a loaf that suits your taste.

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Longer Lasting

To help your bread stay fresh longer, add some margarine or oil to the mix.

Quality Bread Pans Make Quality Bread - And come in lots of shapes and sizes

Not Brown Enough?

To add more colour and flavour to your bread, replace some or all of the sugar with molasses

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    • TheTutor LM profile image

      TheTutor LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the awesome lens and whole wheat buns recipe. Our family is completely on 100% whole wheat for everything now and we just love it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yummy bread lens.

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      KirkBenjamin 6 years ago

      Looks straight forward enough that even I might not stuff this one up. Thanks for the great recipie!

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      I just want to say THANKS!!!! I'm going to try some of this out, since I can only eat whole wheat now!!!!

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      Steven Cousley 7 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @heehaw lm: No you don't need a bread machine. None of my bread recipes on Squidoo require a machine.

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      I've switched from white bread to whole wheat and have decided to start making my own. All I need is a recipe to follow. Yours sounds like a great recipe. Can't wait to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes.

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      heehaw lm 7 years ago

      do we need a bread maker to make bread? is there other ways?

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I love whole wheat bread and this easy whole wheat bread recipe makes (even) me think I can bake it myself!

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      breadmachinereviewer 7 years ago

      I agree with eclecticeducation. Sounds like one of those heavenly bread machine recipes. Gotta try with my Cuisinart bread maker.

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      We are eating more homemade whole wheat bread in our family. Sounds like a wonderful recipe. Blessed by an Angel.

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      We are eating more homemade whole wheat bread in our family. Sounds like a wonderful recipe. Blessed by an Angel.