Baking | 100% Whole Wheat Bread … airy and delicious!

“A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in. A minute to smile and an hour to weep in.
A pint of joy to a peck of trouble, And never a laugh but the moans come double.
And that is life.”
Paul Laurence Dunbar

Whole Wheat Bread100% Whole Wheat Bread. Couldn’t ask for anything more in a whole grain bread. This was my first 100% whole wheat bread experiment and I had my fingers crossed.

Whole Wheat Bread 2I had huge bowls of olive oil standing by for dunking just in case it was too dense to eat. Butter too. Impatiently tore one end off to look at the crumb. Was I relieved or what! Yay, airy bread!!
Whole Wheat Bread 3Nice moist crumb, airy bread and great aroma. We loved it. Loved it with butter too. Nothing like fresh warm bread and butter. It was great to mop up the cheesy paprika gravy of the mushroom chicken which was meant to be the star that day. Bread took centre stage instead!
Whole Wheat BreadAs another first, I added some top of the milk cream {or malai} to the dough. I had some in the fridge. It was an idea I had picked up while speaking to Sangeeta on our trip to the vineyards at Baramati. I think that’s what clinched the crumb! And the extra water or hydration of course.
Whole Wheat Bread Since the dough is quite loose, I’d recommend kneading the dough in a processor. I did it in the Thermomix. It’s a stringy,  sticky dough that gets a little more manageable after the first rise. Even more manageable after a slight rest in the fridge. Shape the dough with wet hands and you should be fine.
Whole Wheat Bread The aroma that filled the house had everyone following their nose to the kitchen. An impatient queue waited to ‘break bread‘! Inching forward to getting more whole grains into my bread, this is one journey I am loving! I made another batch of bread dough today.
Whole Wheat Bread Maybe will try a small fougasse with a portion of the dough tomorrow. Infinite possibilities, so much promise!

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[print_this]Recipe: 100% Whole Wheat Bread your picture

Summary: Couldn’t ask for anything more in a whole grain bread.This was my first 100% whole wheat bread experiment and I had my fingers crossed. Nice moist crumb, airy bread and great aroma. We loved it. Loved it with butter too. Nothing like fresh warm bread and butter. Yield: 2 small loaves to serve 8. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

  • 400g whole wheat flour {aata}
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 265ml lukewarm water
  • 100g top of the milk cream {malai}
  • 1t minced garlic {4-5 cloves}
  • 1t red chili flakes
  • 2t dried herbs
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • Topping
  • 1 tsp whole wheat flour to sprinkle on top


  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer and add all the ingredients in the order mentioned.
  2. Mix briefly, then knead for approx 3 minutes. This should result in a smooth yet sticky,stringy dough.
  3. Turn the dough into an oiled bowl, turned over with damp hands to coat with oil.
  4. Cover with cling wrap and leave in a warm place for about an hour to double.
  5. Preheat the oven to 250C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Turn dough onto parchment paper and shape into loaf with damp hands. I tried to give it a few rolls as well. Sprinkle over with a little whole wheat flour and leave to rise for 20 minutes while the oven preheats.
  7. Pop into a hot oven, reduce the temperature to 200C and bake for 35-45 minutes until cracked on top and hollow to sound when tapped underneath.
  8. Remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  9. Note: My oven uses only the bottom element for baking. Please keep an eye if your oven uses both the top and bottom elements so that the top doesn’t burn. I made 2 loaves {2/3rd dough first time to get a long loaf, and 1/3rd the second time for a round small loaf. You can slash the top with a fine bladed knife before you pop it into the oven if you like.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • 2 years ago

    wow , bread looks really good ………..
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  • Abha
    2 years ago

    Following your progress eagerly!

  • 2 years ago

    Love how airy it looks. I am pinning this for sure. The smell of home baked bread and how the first tear of the bread tastes is all amazing.
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  • 2 years ago

    wow..breath taking clicks..i love each and every foto of urs..and the bread looks delish
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  • 2 years ago

    awesome! bread looks truly delectable.
    My husband is total wheat bread convert since I started making 100% whole wheat bread way back in January. Now he doesn’t wish me to even bake rolls/ pizza with APF. He tells me, it won’t be difficult, substitute with WWF :)
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  • 2 years ago

    I love whole wheat bread…and this looks absolute treasure…..

  • Rumana
    2 years ago

    There is nothing better then a whole wheat bread .. Looks awesome.

  • 2 years ago

    Looks so rustic! Kind of thing you would share with your family with a small fire burning in the background and merry stories in the air.
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  • rashmi
    2 years ago

    Yummy !! What brand of yeast do you use ? Does the brand matter ?

    • 2 years ago

      Hi Rashmi, I use Gloripan which I find works really well for me. I think quality makes the difference, and thats where a good brand matters!

  • 2 years ago

    You bread turned out beautiful!
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  • 2 years ago

    A splendid loaf of bread! It looks absolutely mouthwatering. I’m bookmarking that recipe.



  • 2 years ago

    Loved this whole wheat bread. Thank you for sharing the recipe. As Im typing this, this bread is getting baked in my oven. I substituted malai with amul cream. If get the nicer bread, will share it soon. Cheers

  • 2 years ago

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a
    friend who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for him…

    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this topic here on your web page.
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  • jaya
    1 year ago

    Thankyou Deeba for sharing this…I made it exactly the same way , it has come out too good and soft to be true . Lots of wishes to you .

    • 1 year ago

      Thank you for taking the time to write back Jaya. So glad it came out well!

  • Devaki
    1 year ago

    Please can you let me know if gloripan yeast is available online?
    Also which store has this?
    Thanks in advance. I tried your chocolate buttermilk cake and it was to die for.
    Thank you so much for sharing

    • 1 year ago

      Hi Devaki, Thank you for your sweet words. You can find Gloripan at Bakers Mart , on online store in Bangalore. Thank you for the feedback on the cake! :-)

  • devaki
    1 year ago

    HI Deeba,
    I cannot thank you enough for letting me know about I ordered Gloripan yeast and my garlic rolls were yumm. Thank you so much

  • Jayasri
    6 months ago

    Hey, would this work with Aashirvaad atta?

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