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The Bread Series: Basic Wholewheat Bread

We're fans of homemade bread around here. Our aim is to always bake our own bread. It's cheaper and what's better than fresh bread with a slab of butter? The answer is nothing. While I don't always have the time, I do love a good homemade bread. I've had a lot of requests for my various recipes so I thought I would share a few of our favorites. These are tried and true and feature regularly in this household. First up is a traditional wholewheat loaf that's simple to make. I'll also be sharing recipes for my mom's famous bread, Phil's artisan crusty bread, and my dad's french bread (which is a great quick bread that I like making for dinner guests).

Homemade Wholewheat Bread Recipe
Homemade Wholewheat Bread Recipe

This bread is the one I bake most often. It's simple to make and doesn't call for any fancy ingredients. I find that it needs to be kneaded fully and it needs to rise longer so that it gets nice and tall. I use a mixture of wholewheat and white flours but you can use whatever flour you like. This bread is a great basic bread, I've adapted it into sweet or savory breads with no problem. Simply add in more sugar for a sweet bread or add in flavors like garlic or tomato paste for a more savory bread.

Traditional Wholewheat Bread

3 cups flour (whatever kind you like)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp yeast
bread improver (optional, I use 1 tsp)

Mix together in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add:

1 cup water
1 Tbsp olive oil

Mix ingredients then knead for 8-10 minutes. Set the dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Knock back, shape, leave to rise again until doubled and bake at 180C for 35-40 minutes.

I knead all my breads with a stand mixer and bake in a preheated oven. Before I got a stand mixer we hand kneaded all our bread with the same results. No fancy equipment needed here!


  1. What is bread improver? I've never heard of it, but it sure looks like it gives great results. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Woooo Hoooo, thanks for this receipe, I waited so long for this. I'm definately looking forward to this series.
    Your blog is exceptional!! Thanks.

  3. Yum! We make all our bread here too. Freshly baked bread beats store-bought hands down! Lately, since I sold my Kenwood in Switzerland :( I've been using a no-knead bread recipe which is fantastic. Looking forward to trying this one and those to come!

  4. That looks amazing. I really would love to make our own bread, looks simple enough so I might need to try it later this week!

  5. Looks and sounds delish! My wrists cant handle daily kneading so we have been using a no knead recipe every day for amost a year!

  6. Hi Talia, Just tried out your recipe - it is simply amazing. I actually have a breadmaker, but love this easy hand-knead and bake one! Could you post your "mom's famous bread, Phil's artisan crusty bread, and {your} dad's french bread when you can - would love to try these also! BFN - Naomi


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