Classic Wholemeal Loaf by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    3h 0m
    • Prep Time

      2h 20m
    • Bake Time

  • Makes


  • Skill Level

  • Dietary Needs

    • Egg free
    • Vegetarian
  • 61 Reviews

    5 star rating

Fans of wholemeal will love our Classic Wholemeal Loaf. A great intro recipe for those new to baking, our wholemeal loaf makes homemade sandwiches extra-special. Just follow our six-step guide using Allinson's wholemeal dough and share with the whole family. Fans of the Classic Wholemeal Loaf are likely to enjoy our Wholemeal Wreath Recipe, just as tasty and a beautiful centrepiece.


  1. MIX Mix the flours, yeast and salt in a big bowl. Mix together the melted butter, sugar and water, then mix in with a cutlery knife.

  2. KNEAD Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixer). 

  3. RISE Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil. Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size.

  4. SHAPE Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Mould into a smooth oval and lift into a lightly oiled 900g/2lb loaf tin.

  5. PROVE Cover the dough again with a clean tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in size again. Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6).

  6. BAKE Lift the tin onto the middle oven shelf and bake for 35-40 minutes, until you can lift the bread loaf from the tin and when you tap the base it sounds hollow. Cool on a wire rack.

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  1. 5 star rating

    How long is using mixer with dough hook? For classic wholemeal loaf

    We would recommend 8-10 minutes.

    Happy Baking!

  2. 5 star rating

    Love love love all your allinson recipes. I follow to letter and can't go wrong. Can you please advise how long I should bake 2 x 1lb loaves
    Thanks so much 😊👍

    I would check a 1lb loaf after 25 minutes to see if it is baked through and sounds hollow when you tap the loaf.

    Happy Baking!

  3. 5 star rating

    Easy recipe to follow.
    100% great results everytime.
    I make my bread by hand so get a workout with the kneading too.

  4. 5 star rating

    First time to make bread without a bread machine and wow how easy was it and how good did it taste!! Orders in from the family for a weekly delivery now they were so impressed......

  5. 5 star rating

    Can use this recipe without a bread tin
    Hi there, yes you can make this loaf 'free form' - just shape into a round on a lightly floured baking tray, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave to prove in the same way in which you would in the tin. Happy baking :)

  6. 5 star rating

    Finally able to get my hands on some bread flour and yeast and baked using this recipe for the first time. After several previous failed attempts in the past using other recipes I can’t believe I pulled this off! Clear and easy to follow, and appreciated they videos to help with seeing what consistency to aim for in the dough. Will be using more of these I think!

  7. 5 star rating

    Super loaf just making another the taste is beautful

  8. 5 star rating

    Makes a really nice loaf. It was eaten very quickly!

  9. 4 star rating

    Hi, can I also use Allison's baking flour plain wholemeal if I don't have bread flour?
    Hi there, it is always best to use bread flour in bread recipes as it has a higher protein content, which helps with gluten development, essential for the crumb structure. You could always look at our soda bread recipe, which uses culinary (baking) flour? Happy baking :)

  10. 5 star rating

    Hi, can I freeze this and at what point do I freeze.

    Thank you
    Hi there, yes bread freezes really well. Either freeze the dough after step 3 (and then when ready just de-frost and continue with the remaining steps) or freeze the baked loaf at the end. Just make sure you wrap well and
    use within 3 months for best results. Happy Baking!

  11. 4 star rating

    If I don’t have the Light muscavada sugar should I just use dark Muscavada or can I use light brown sugar ?
    Hi there! The light brown soft sugar will be the closest replacement for Light Muscovado, although the Dark Muscovado should also work absolutely fine. Happy Baking!

  12. 5 star rating

    So easy to follow and instead of strong white flour I only had all purpose flour, it still came out delicious and the only danger is my husband and I ate nearly the whole loaf. Very easy to follow and highly recommend this recipe, I can’t wait to bake again.

  13. 5 star rating

    I’m in my mid-80’s and made my first ever white loaf today!
    Waiting for it to cool down before I taste it with strawberry jam. Will definitely make it again from your recipe on the yeast packet. Thank you for making it so easy for me to make.

  14. 2 star rating

    Help! I’ve measured all ingredients exactly and have still ended up with a sticky mess( looks more like cake mix) I used a thermometer and water temp 38c. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong.?

  15. 5 star rating

    Glad I found this recipe, the only one I use for wholemeal bread. Love it.

  16. 5 star rating

    Like others have said, an easy, foolproof, successful recipe. Today I used 2 teaspoons veg oil instead of butter. Great taste and texture. Best recipe I’ve used and I adapt when the mood takes me (e.g. add seeds, use half milk and half water, use 1tsp honey instead of sugar, etc) love making this bread.

  17. 5 star rating

    Made this bread a few times now great results but having trouble getting dried yeast can I make with fresh yeast and how much should I use
    Sorry you are struggling to find dried yeast at the moment.
    Yes Dry and fresh yeast are interchangeable, For dry active yeast you generally need to use half the quantity of fresh yeast stated in the recipe and for instant yeast you need to use 1/4 of the quantity of fresh yeast. So if the recipe has 30g fresh yeast then you can use 15g active dry yeast or 7g instant yeast instead. Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking :-)

  18. 5 star rating

    Have just managed to buy a bag of strong wholemeal flour, been trying to get some since March! I have no strong plain white flour so can I use 500g of wholemeal only and no white?
    Hi there, yes you could leave out the strong white and make this with 100% strong wholemeal flour if you cant source any white flour - happy baking!

  19. 5 star rating

    The best wholemeal recipe ever
    Thank you

  20. 5 star rating

    Oh no! I can make bread! I will now eat my way out of lockdown...before I am airlifted though the roof due to excessive weight gain.
    Thank you.
    I think.

  21. 5 star rating

    Best whole meal recipie I have tried

  22. 5 star rating

    Its a fabulous loaf cant believe I made it and the kneading is so therapeutic I love it x

  23. 5 star rating

    Enjoyable to do. Enjoyed the result. Never made bread before. Will do it again, so fresh, yum!

  24. 5 star rating

    My go to bread recipe, I love it, shame it disappears so quickly!

  25. 5 star rating

    The perfect loaf recipe and I add pink in and sunflower seeds to mine and it works out great. Around 100g of them

  26. 5 star rating

    Made one yesterday, enjoyed it so much I've got another ready to go in oven. Very easy to follow recipe.
    Thank you.

  27. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe! I add mixed dried fruit and have a slice at night as my treat. With butter of course!

  28. 5 star rating

    Love it best bread ever

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    Lovely loaf easy to make. Adapted the recipe for my vegan son and replaced the butter with olive oil. Will definitely make again.

  31. 5 star rating

    Really good recipe hasn't failed me yet. I use 1 tbsp olive oil instead of butter and as someone suggested 25 minutes at 180 deg. Is perfect in my fan oven. If like me you prefer a softer crust, add a tray of water to the bottom shelf and don't open the door. I have also added a cup of seeds to this recipe with great success. One tip, if you forget about it and it starts to deflate when you remove clingfilm (over proved) you can save it by knocking the air out and re proving!

  32. 5 star rating

    So easy to follow perfect results using video on how to need

  33. 5 star rating

    I kept trying different recipes until I got one that I like and I find this one the best I even went back to one I had done before just to try but it convinced me this one is the best for me.

  34. 5 star rating

    Turned out really well. Used dried yeast and the rise was excellent. Finished loaf very tasty.

  35. 4 star rating

    HELP - I don't have the yeast sachets!!!! I do have Allinson's Active yeast. How much do I put in???????????

    A general rule of thumb is that 15g of Dried Active Yeast equates to 7g Easy Bake Yeast.

    Happy Baking!

  36. 5 star rating

    This recipe works really well and we always look forward to the first slices of that slightly warm loaf..Sometimes slice up the remaining loaf when cool and freeze as it is easy to separate one or two slices as required and it preserves that same day freshness

  37. 5 star rating

    So easy to make and tasty too!
    Very pleased with my first load of bread 🍞

  38. 5 star rating

    Made my best loaf yet. Thanks

  39. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe. Used strong wholemeal flour as did not have any ‘Very Strong’ flour and result was perfect.

  40. 4 star rating

    After following this recipe to the T it came out rather small loaf quite dense it had proper proofing times etc oven was preheated but was dense any ideas?

  41. 5 star rating

    1st timer making bread by hand. Thought Id give it a try. Easy to follow recipe.
    And Oh my goodness, it turned out surprisingly ok. Well my family all had some, regretfully it only lasted whilst it was hot as they liked it too much.
    Anyway today have made two more, hopefully will last a little longer.
    Recommended. Thank You!

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  43. 5 star rating

    As a novice I was delighted with my first loaf, it's gone... Time to bake another!

  44. 5 star rating

    First time making bread, it was perfect.
    Nice, easy recipe to follow. Will be making it again soon

  45. 5 star rating

    How easy was that

  46. 5 star rating

    Cheap, easy, and delicious. I only made it yesterday and it's already nearly gone!

  47. 5 star rating

    I have plenty of wholemeal flour and spelt and rye but no strong white can I use plain white flour.

  48. 5 star rating

    Really easy and perfect flavour.

  49. 5 star rating

    If I can make this - anybody can! The only thing's so good everybody has an extra slice....... Gone.

  50. 5 star rating

    Good recipe although I found the loaf was cooked after only 20-25 mins (not 35-40). Perhaps it's because I use a fan oven.

  51. 5 star rating

    Foolproof in my opinion. Follow recipe exactly first time. I’ve also added seeds on later editions and used 2 tbs oil instead of butter and they’ve always worked out lovely.

  52. 5 star rating

    This was my first attempt at bread making and I thoroughly enjoyed making and eating it! , my loaf has come out beautifully and so tasty just need to know how to store it to keep it fresh. Looking forward to my next attempt at the lovely recipes.

  53. 5 star rating

    Perfect bread every time, very easy to make.

  54. 5 star rating

    After trying various wholemeal recipes, this one has definitely come up tops. It’s springy with a crusty top. Delicious! This will be my go-to whole meal recipe from now on.

  55. 5 star rating

    Can I add my own seeds to the recipe above and how much seeds do I add

  56. 5 star rating

    I never thought I could make bread, such an easy recipe to follow, thanks.

  57. 5 star rating

    Makes a great tasty loaf.

  58. 5 star rating

    My loaf is just fresh out of the oven! This is the first time I've used your recipe and the first time I've used Allinson bread flour. It couldn't have been easier and certainly couldn't have turned out better. Can't wait for it to cool down enough to get some
    butter on there. Will definitely be my go-to recipe from now on. Thank you.

  59. 5 star rating

    Easy to bake, i have never baked before and now i make this loaf most weekends.

  60. 5 star rating

    Delicious loaf and super easy to make

  61. 5 star rating

    This is my favourite loaf to eat - my family love it - a really lovely loaf

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