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Light wholemeal bread

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About the bake

Our soft wholemeal bread recipe has a wonderful flavour and texture by using very strong wholemeal and very strong white bread flours.

What is the secret to soft bread?

Our top tip is to brush melted butter on the crust of your wholemeal bread after baking to keep it soft. Adding a small amount of milk or substituting all your water in the recipe for milk can result in a softer, fluffier, and richer bread that can has a slightly longer life.

If you enjoyed baking this wholemeal bread recipe, give our ploughman's picnic rolls a go.

7 ingredients6 steps


    1. Step 1

      Put the flours, salt and yeast into a bowl.

    2. Step 2

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

    3. Step 3

      Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

    4. Step 4

      Shape and put into an appropriate greased tin.

    5. Step 5

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

    6. Step 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.


      • 250gVery strong white bread flour 
      • 250gVery strong wholemeal bread flour 
      • 1.5 tspSalt 
      • 1.5 tspEasy bake yeast 
      • 2 tbspHoney 
      • 3 tbspSunflower oil 
      • 250mlWater 

    23 Baker Ratings

    Very tasty with the addition of honey - I shaped mine into a plaited loaf and added seeds, it tasted lovely. I’m going to try it today using malt extract instead of honey see how that goes!

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    This was a nice quick loaf. I just have two issues with the recipe:-

    Serves 1? I think you'd have to be quite hungry.

    I also needed more water. I used 275ml but I think I should have stopped at 250ml.

    Baking Mad

    Thanks for your feedback. We have amended the water quantity, you may need a little more or less depending on how humid it is when baking, we always recommend adding the water in small amounts whilst mixing as that way you can stop or add more when the consistency feels right. This recipe makes 1 loaf, we have altered the description to make this clearer for our bakers. 

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