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How to Make Bread with Plain Wholemeal Flour

Makes 1 loaf

Plain flours are big on flavour and bake into great tasting breads. The rise might be a little less impressive than with a bread flour, but the real wheat taste will be there.

Free from Egg, Soya, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian, Vegan


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  1. Put the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix together.
  2. Stir in the water, and when everything looks craggy and lumpy, stir in the oil.
  3. Using your hands, gather everything together into a doughy mass.
  4. Knead the dough for 100 presses.
  5. Cover with an upturned mixing bowl and leave in a warm place to double in size, about an hour.
  6. Rub some oil around the inside of a 1kg/2lb bread tin or insert a baking liner.
  7. Knead the dough for another 100 presses.
  8. Shape the dough and put it into the prepared tin.
  9. Cover the tin with an upturned mixing bowl and leave in a warm place for 40 minutes.
  10. Pre-heat the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.


1kg/2lb bread tin and 2 x mixing bowls


220˚C, Fan 200˚C, 425˚F, Gas 7

Cooking time

40-45 minutes
25 Jul 2021

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