Light wholemeal bread

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A wonderful flavour and texture by using very strong wholemeal and very strong white bread flours.


  1. Put the flours, salt and yeast into a bowl.

  2. Mix to a soft dough with the honey, oil and water.

  3. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

  4. Shape and put into an appropriate greased tin.

  5. Leave to prove in a warm place slowly until doubled in size.

  6. Add your chosen topping/glaze if using and place in an oven preheated to 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7) and immediately turn the heat down to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Bake for 25-30 minutes. When cooked the loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Makes a lovely light loaf, however 300 ml of water works for me.

  2. 5 star rating

    Lovely bread. I used 250ml of water and it was perfect. For those criticising the recipe it is worth remembering that temperature and humidity of where you are in the world affects how much liquid you need.

  3. 4 star rating

    Try sixty percent hydration

  4. 4 star rating

    Excellent light wholemeal loaf.
    275 mls water just perfect.

  5. 5 star rating

    Nice easy recipe I found 250 ml water just right for me.

  6. 5 star rating

    Best bread! I use this recipe all the time!

  7. 5 star rating

    Good recipe

  8. 4 star rating

    Lovely recipe. Due to lack of some ingredients I substituted agave maple syrup and strong white flour. Works really well, but I agree with other review needs 325ml water.

  9. 1 star rating

    I’m a person who regularly bakes bread, sad to sad to say this recipe failed. Water measure was incorrect as many have stated. Added more and it came out so heavy and too rubbery.

  10. 5 star rating


  11. 5 star rating

    Made this loaf a few times now and will agree that the recommended 225ml of water does make it almost impossible to knead. Add small amounts of extra water to bring the dough together and make it more manageable. It definitely shouldn't need 325ml of water as it'll turn it into a paste.
    Makes a really nice loaf!

  12. 4 star rating

    300ml of water works for me. I use a machine to do the kneading for 10 mins. I can knock up ok. (Arthritis).

  13. 4 star rating

    Love it. This is my second bread recipe. Love it, love it, love it! I didn't need anymore water but I was using my mixer and dough hook so I guess that done the hard part for me.

  14. 4 star rating

    I agree I have had to add more water to this recipe otherwise you wouldn’t be able to knead it

  15. 1 star rating

    Should the water be 325ml?

    This recipe has been tried and tested using 225ml of water, however if you feel that you need a little bit extra when making this loaf it is ok to increase the quantity of water used gradually. It is worth noting that wholemeal loaves tend to be drier in consistency than white loaves.

    Happy Baking!

  16. 3 star rating

    Makes a delicious and extremely moreish loaf of bread. However, the dough is very difficult to work with as it’s very dry. Should the amount of water have been 325ml and not 225ml as shown in the ingredients list?

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