Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

1) Mix the wet ingredients and activate the yeast

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water, syrup and yeast. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so that the yeast activates.

2) Whisk together the dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour and salt.

3) Mix the dough

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl containing the dry ingredients and vigorously mix with a wooden spoon in a circular motion for 1 minute. Cover the bowl with a plastic bag or wet towel and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.

4) Mix the dough again briefly then allow it to rise again

Vigorously mix the dough again with the wooden spoon for 30 seconds and allow it to rise once more, covered, at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.

5) Proof the dough

Preheat your oven to 350F (177C). Stir the dough one last time for 30 seconds to degass it. The dough can now be proofed by gently forming it into a lightly oiled loaf pan and allowed to sit covered with a plastic bag until it reaches about 80% to 90% of it’s intended size, which should be about 40 minutes. The proofing stage is where the dough takes most of it’s shape. It’s important to leave room under the plastic bag so the dough can rise sufficiently.

6) Bake your bread to perfection

Remove the plastic bag so the dough can rest for about 10 minutes. Due to the high water content in the dough it may begin to spill over the sides of the loaf pan. In this case, take the edges of the dough and stretch it over the loaf to the other side, working your way around the perimeter of the loaf pan as you go. Stretching the dough over itself will also help keep the loaf in its proper shape as it bakes. Lightly dust the top of the loaf with wheat germ, wheat bran or oat bran.

During baking, the dough will rise another 10% to 20% of it’s intended size in the process known as oven spring. Bake for about 45 minutes. Rotate the loaf 180 degrees in the oven halfway through the baking duration for even baking.

7) Allow the bread to cool slightly before removing it from the loaf pan

Remove the bread from the loaf pan after about 30 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack until it’s cooled to room temperature. This bread is best stored covered in a cool dark place or pre-sliced and stored in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer. This recipe makes one loaf of Bread.

Enjoy your homemade bread!

Comments: 38

  1. John K Dom says:

    Perfect!!!I haven’t try maple syrup at the past.Homemade bread is perfect and not as difficult as someone thinks….and more healthy than Bakeries are because usual they dont use 100% whole wheat.Some extra tips (I just share,I don’t correct anything).If someone has some dietetic problem with dry yeast,can use soda powder (2 teaspoon is the right dosage for the above recipe proportion) with 400 gr greek yogurt (gives smooth taste and the reaction with soda gives double size the dough).For those who don’t like maple syrup,honey its perfect to replace.You can also try to add some herbs at the moment of forming.That’s all!!!I hope it will not be taken into consideration as an intervention!!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you so much for the tips! Brilliant ideas and alternatives! I would never take it as an intervention, we love sharing tips tricks and ideas here at our little chelfdom! Please feel free to stop by anytime and share your ideas! <3

  2. Shilpa Bindlish says:

    I honestly never baked bread on my own. We buy the loaf from market whenever required. Thanks for the post.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Give it a go! You’ll love it!

  3. Interesting, m lazy being, never thought of making loaves;). But great to know that things can be that easy!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      You won’t believe how good it tastes especially since you practically put no effort at all!

  4. I have never baked in my whole life other than the odd cupcakes because I LOVE CUPCAKES haha 😀 But I didnt realise it was this easy to make loaves. Might actually try it one of these Sundays. Thank you

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yay! Always happy to provide the culinary inspiration!

  5. Looks easy enough to try this one! We don’t eat much bread at home but I love the look of this loaf (that crust!). Bring on some avocado on toast!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes please!

  6. I’m sipping a warm cup of coffee and I could use a generous slice of your bread. I haven’t made fresh bread in years.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      No time than the present! I wish I could join you for coffee! We would have a blast!

  7. Mm, yes please. I just love bread so much. I need to make this.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope that you’ll love it!

  8. I love making bread, I don’t do it often enough though! This looks like a great, easy recipe to follow – I’ll have to give it a go,

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I can’t wait for you to try it Wendy!

  9. You make it sound so easy, especially when I already have these ingredients in my pantry!! Definitely going to try this!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yes! Go Selina!

  10. akamatra says:

    I am currently looking for a solution to make bread for my daughter and this came at the perfect time. What will happen if I didn’t use the salt? We don’t eat any extra in our food.

  11. I love homemade bread, but I never seem to get around to making it. You’ve inspired me to give this recipe a try!

  12. Chemady says:

    I have never made a homemade bread before. I think I can give this a try with what I am seeing here.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      You definitely can! Let me know how it goes <3

  13. Beverly says:

    Looks so easy to do. I will try to make it. I bet is delicious.
    I will let you know how it goes. A lot people told me how easy it is to make so I will try.

  14. Looks so easy to do. I will try to make it. I bet is delicious.
    I will let you know how it goes. A lot of people told me how easy it is to make so I will try.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I cant wait to hear from you!

  15. I’ve always wanted to try making bread but i’ve always got too intimidated by the thought of it! This looks healthy and delicious and I love the no kneading part!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      it’ so easy to make indeed!

  16. This bread looks delicious. I would love to try to make my own bread. I am going to try your recipe. Thanks !!

  17. I will try this receipe as I always prefer whole wheat flour. But i dont use maple syrup so can i make it without it?.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Absolutely! You can either use plain sugar or honey!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Keep me posted!

  18. The FashionSherlock says:

    I am not a baker but this sounds like a great recipe. Maybe I can I have my mother try it out!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope she’ll love it!

  19. The recipe and bread look so good. I would definitely try it the next time we bake bread at home.

  20. Ohh this one just looks so delicious!! Yum! :))

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Andrea

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