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I do not buy bread in London. Not anymore.

In the past I had a beautiful relationship with store bought breads. Then I discovered that those cute, perfectly sliced loaves were a scam. Honestly, how can one classify them as bread when they contain stuff like fructose corn syrup, mono-dyglicerides and dextrose?

The only way to get over the disappointment was: 1) to start baking my own whole wheat bread; 2) to make the entire bread making process as simple as possible.

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Et voila’: a low fuss bread loaf I made from the best whole wheat flour I found in Waitrose mixed with other 3 ingredients (4 if you count water). 100% whole wheat flour is the secret for a loaf full of nutrients and fiber, a bread that turned my biggest “food disappointment” into a successful moment of craftiness that I am now proud about :).

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Do you bake your own bread?

What’s your biggest “food disappointment”?

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread (4 ingredients only)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix together the warm water, maple syrup and yeast. In a small mixing bowl. Let it sit for about 15 minutes so the yeast activates (be patient! this step is important).
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour and salt.
  • Add the water/yeast mix to the bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon for 2 minute. Cover the bowl with a wet towel and let it rise about 2 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 180 C. Transfer the dough in the loaf tin and bake about 30 minutes.

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  1. Hi Daniela, thanks for sharing the recipe. I have been looking for a whole wheat flour recipe that has only 4-5 ingredients and yours is just so perfect. I baked it yesterday. It taste good but I had to bake it for around 40 minutes as it was very sticky in the middle. I will try your tip about kneading and let it rise twice before baking. Though my 7th grader son loved it and said, “Mom, no more bread from the grocery store!!!”

  2. I’ve tried making the bread twice now. It’s really good but always stays a bit “sticky” in the centre…???

    1. Hi Sandra, it might depend on the flour you use. Sounds like your flour did not absorb all the water well :(. In this case I’d try to knead the dough. Let it rise for 1 hour, then knead the dough for a couple of minutes and let it rise again for 1-1.5 more. Try this way and let me know 🙂

  3. Today, I made this. It was my very first experience making bread. I followed the recipe exactly. It came out very, very dense. I’m not sure if I did something wrong or if it is supposed to be like this?

  4. This bread is awesome! I am working on my 3rd loaf,it is so easy, thank you so much for sharing! Wondering if it also would work with regular bread flour?

  5. Kuddos to you for making your own bread! It looks delicious.

    I’m lucky to live in an area that takes it’s bread pretty seriously so the healthy options are endless. However, I think there’s something to be said for the hard work that goes into a homemade loaf. I’m sure it tastes that much better!

  6. I can fully understand your disappointment about the store bought bread with such weird ingredients .
    Your homemade bread looks amazing and is easy to prepare.
    To your health, Daniela :))