basic wholemeal bread recipe (by hand or mixer)


Here is the basic recipe for my bread (bear in mind different brands of flour will absorb different amounts of water so adjust as needed, add slowly)  you can leave out the oil if you want

Preheat oven to gas mark 8

450g brown/ wholemeal flour

75g white flour

7 g fast action yeast (1 sachet)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

300ml  luke warm water (ie 100ml boiling 200ml cold)

1 tablespoon sunflower oil

In your kenwood chef big bowl ( or large mixing bowl) combine all dry ingredients.  Slowly add the water to form a slightly stick dough then add the oil and mix well.

If using kenwood chef knead on min for 1 min and then on 1 for 4 mins.

If kneading by hand knead for 5 min let rest for 1 min and then knead for 5 min.

Cover bowl with cling film sprayed on dough side down with oil. Leave to rise for 1 hour.

Knock back dough using kenwood chef on min for 30 secs or knock back by hand for 1 min.

Shape into loaf or desired shape and place in loaf tin to rise for 30 min further covered with cling film or damp tea cloth.

Bang in oven for 10 min then reduce heat to gas marks 6 and bake for further 20 mins.

Do not let cool in tin as it will go soggy., take out of tin using oven gloves tap and if sounds hollow it is done, place on cooling rack. Or just eat as my husband does and then burns his mouth


3 thoughts on “basic wholemeal bread recipe (by hand or mixer)

  1. I tried this recipe, and about half way through I realised it didnt call for any yeast. Confused, I wasen’t sure if it was omited by accident or on purpose (or I somehow missed it?) so I added a sachet just to be safe. My bread turned out so-so. It was quite dense and heavy, so I’m glad I opted to add the yeast…

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