Wholemeal Loaf


What have I got here for you today? Only a 100% Wholemeal Loaf!

Delicious,tasty, Wholemeal Loaf www.feastingisfun.com
Delicious,tasty, Wholemeal Loaf www.feastingisfun.com

Gorgeous, crusty, healthy bread. Perfect for increasing fibre in your diet and keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

A completely Wholemeal Loaf is never going to be as light, or rise as much as a Large White Bloomer.

This is because the wholemeal flour has less protein (gluten) per gram than white flour, as the bran and germ have not been removed. So a Wholemeal Loaf is always going to be denser than a white loaf. What I have found, is, that when making wholemeal bread using the regular, knead/prove/knockback and then prove again, I’ve had disappointingly heavy loaves. So I set about trying to improve the result.

Wholemeal Loaf full of fibre and flavour www.feastingisfun.com
Wholemeal Loaf full of fibre and flavour www.feastingisfun.com

I am not claiming the following method is fool proof, or the only way to make 100% Wholemeal Bread, a quick search on the internet proved that! Sorry no pun intended well maybe! What I’ve found is, by triple proving the dough, the resulting bread is far more digestable and totally delicious.

Wholemeal Loaf where's the butter? www.feastingisfun.com
Wholemeal Loaf where’s the butter? www.feastingisfun.com

Wholemeal bread is extra delicious when paired with oily fish, such as smoked salmon, smoked mackerel or tuna. I particularly enjoy it, toasted, alongside a golden, dippy yolked, free range egg – the perfect breakfast.

Whatever your reason for wanting to make and bake this bread, the triple proving method ensures the resulting loaf is delicious and more easily digested.

I personally enjoy baking and eating a variety of breads, yet this Wholemeal Loaf and my Crunchy Seeded Bread are top of my favourite loaves for sandwiches and toast.

Well they do say that “Variety is the spice of life!!”

Recipe: Makes 1     Wholemeal Loaf (750g)

450g/1lb Strong Wholemeal Flour

2tsp/1 sachet Fast Action Dried Yeast

1tsp Runny Honey

325ml/1/2 pint Tepid Water

1tsp Salt

25g/1oz Unsalted Butter plus extra for greasing the loaf tin.

Method: Grease a 3lb Loaf Tin with butter.

Using either a bread maker or free standing mixer, with dough hook attachment, add the water, yeast and honey into the bowl. Gently mix together with clean fingers.

Add the flour on top of the water mixture.

Next add the salt.

Break the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl.

If using a bread maker, set the programme to dough cycle and start. When the cycle is complete, start the dough cycle again. This will knock back the dough and prove it for a second time.

If using a stand mixer, lower the dough hook and mix on a medium speed. Once all the ingredients have come together to form a dough, continue mixing for 10 minutes on a low – medium speed. Stop the mixer. Remove any dough from the dough hook and form into a ball. Place back into the mixer bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a draft free place for an hour.

In the stand mixer, after an hour, lower the dough hook into the bowl and proceed to mix, as before for 10 minutes, this will knock back the dough. As before, stop the machine, scrape any dough off the hook, form the dough into a ball, cover with the cloth and leave for a further hour.

Once the second prove is complete, gently press the dough into a flat rectangle. Fold the bottom third upwards and then fold the top third down, over the first fold. Place the dough, seam side down, into the greased loaf pan. Cover with the cloth and leave for a further 1 – 2 hours, until doubled in size.

You can add a light dusting of flour to the top of the loaf before it bakes.

Preheat the oven to its highest setting 10 minutes before the wholemeal loaf is ready to bake.

Wholemeal Loaf a few gentle slashes across the top and a little sprinkle of flour give the loaf an extra special look www.feastingisfun.com
Wholemeal Loaf a few gentle slashes across the top and a little sprinkle of flour give the loaf an extra special look www.feastingisfun.com

Place a baking tray, or grill pan in the bottom of the oven and fill with boiling water. Creating a steamy environment, will help the bread form a delicious crust.

When the oven is hot and full of steam, carefully place the loaf tin (with the cloth removed) into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.

The bread is baked when it is a golden, crusty brown and sounds hollow when rapped on the base with your knuckle.

Remove the bread from the oven. Turn out the loaf immediately and leave to cool completely on a rack.

Wholemeal Loaf - how do you like your bread? www.feastingisfun.com
Wholemeal Loaf – how do you like your bread? www.feastingisfun.com

If you make this loaf I would love to see your photos. Post them on Twitter and Tag me in with #feastingisfun.

I really hope you enjoy this delicious Wholemeal Loaf and you may also like this recipe –

Wholemeal Cob Loaf

This Wholemeal Loaf was baked in a British manufactured 3lb loaf tin available from British Bakeware.

I did not receive any payment for using this tin. All opinions and content are my own.

Sammie xx


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Hi, I'm Sammie and I’m passionate about creating tasty recipes, both sweet and savoury that you can make at home. Every recipe is easy and fun to make and should taste like a feast without the fuss!

6 thoughts on “Wholemeal Loaf”

  1. Recently moved to a house that has an Aga and decided to try making my own bread again. Previously tried with bread maker machines and was extremely underwhelmed. Bought myself a stand mixer and dived in. Tried other recipes which were pretty good to be fair if a bit picky putting it all together. Have now tried your white bloomer and lighter wholemeal loaf recipes with outstanding results. Today I intend to give this wholemeal recipe a whirl. I’m confident it ‘prove’ to be excellent. My wife loves the results thus far.

    1. Hi Morgan, thanks for your positive comment on the bread recipes you’ve tried so far. I hope you enjoy this 100% wholemeal loaf, it’s delicious with bold flavours, such as a really mature cheddar, smoked salmon or roast beef with horseradish. Please let me know how you get on? Sammie.

      1. Hi Sammie, I’m very impressed. A wonderful tasty loaf of wholemeal bread. Thank you so much for your effort and for sharing. Really pleased with the result of this.
        Next……….. my wife is off to visit her parents day after tomorrow (support bubble so all above board) for lunch. They love seeded bread so I will be giving your recipe a go for them to guinea pig.
        Can’t believe I’m waxing lyrical and getting excited by baking my own bread but it is so satisfying.

        1. Hi Morgan, you’ve made my day both by leaving such encouraging comments and through your enthusiasm found in baking bread. Thank you. I honestly believe that making bread at home is such a rewarding experience, given the few ingredients needed. Please let me know what you think of the seeded bread. Wishing you and your wife a happy Easter weekend, Sammie.

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