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Wholemeal bread recipe

Easy recipe for a wholemeal tin loaf which is perfect for sandwiches or just eating with butter.
4.38 from 8 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rise time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Worldwide
Servings 10 Thick slices
Calories 194 kcal


  • 2lb (1kg) Loaf tin
  • Mixer with a dough hook (optional)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Dough scraper



Stage 1 - make the dough

  • Weigh the flour into a large bowl or mixer bowl if you're using a dough hook.
  • Add the yeast and salt to the flour, keeping them separate on either side of the bowl.
  • Measure the water into a jug. 
  • Make a well in the flour, add the butter and water and bring together until all the flour is mixed in and the dough is formed.
  • Knead the mixture by hand for around 15 minutes on a floured surface or for 12 minutes using a dough hook.
  • Put the dough back into the large bowl and cover with clingfilm.
  • Let the dough rise until it's doubled in size - for at least one hour (time will depend on how warm the room is).

Stage 2 - shape and prove

  • Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. 
  • Knead it a few times to get rid of any large air bubbles.
  • Shape the dough so it fits into the bread tin or shape into a round (or 2) if you're using a baking sheet. Make sure any seams or creases are on the underside of the dough. 
  • Cover and leave for around another hour, until the bread has doubled in size. 

Stage 3 - Bake the bread

  • Preheat the oven to 230°C/450°F
  • Uncover the loaf and place it into the preheated oven.
  • Bake for around 25-30 minutes until golden brown and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • You can test the bread is cooked by knocking on the base - you should hear a hollow sound when it's ready.


Sodium: 412mgCalcium: 18mgVitamin A: 75IUSugar: 1gFiber: 6gPotassium: 188mgCholesterol: 6mgCalories: 194kcalSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 4gProtein: 7gCarbohydrates: 36gIron: 2mg
Keyword Brown bread, Tin loaf, Wholemeal bread
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