My Brown Bread Recipe

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20.10.11

My Brown Bread Recipe

 

Bread making has been a fascination for me. After I baked my first successful loaf of bread there has been no looking back. I love baking my own bread and I recommend it to all of you. As I have already mentioned it before, don’t let yeast scare you! Making bread is REALLY easy :)

Today I am sharing my basic super simple brown bread recipe. If you search for a bread recipe online you will have a million results. So many variations, instructions, ingredients and opinions can be overwhelming for a first time bread baker. So I am trying to simplify it in my own way! I am sharing ‘my version’ of this recipe and trust me when I say that it’s VERY EASY!

It has basic simple ingredients and it requires NO kneading. Its fuss and mess free and I have always had success with this! My brown bread has 2:1 whole wheat flour and all purpose flour ratio as that’s what works best for me. It also has a little bit of organic unbleached cane sugar which gives the perfect amount of sweetness so feel free to skip it if you are not a fan of sweet bread.

With this recipe Bread turns out incredibly soft, moist and sweet. They taste perfect just by themselves! My daughter can snack on plan slices of this bread through the day! With some jam/jelly/butter this is a great treat! They also make great sandwiches with a hint of sweetness. Try my simple bread recipe and you will never buy a loaf outside!

 

Yeast! beautiful yeast :)

 

Pour the frothy yeast, olive oil and water into the flour

 

mix well and let it sit in a warm place...

 

Till it doubles and looks like this

 

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My bread my way :)

 

Wholesome brown bread

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp organic unbleached cane sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup organic unbleached cane sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup warm water

 

Place warm water in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp cane sugar and stir well. Now add the yeast to the sugar water and let it rest. Don’t touch or stir. Just let it sit!

Place wheat flour, all purpose flour, cane sugar and salt in a plastic container and combine well.

Now check on your yeast and it should be frothy on top. If it’s still not frothy let it rest for some more time. do not underestimate the importance of this step! Good active yeast is VERY important for good bread. If your yeast does not froth up even after waiting for 15 minutes then start all over again! Either your yeast is too old or bad, or your water was too hot/cold.

When your yeast is nice and frothy stir it well and pour it into the plastic container with the flour mixture. Add another ½ cup of warm water and ¼ cup of olive oil to it and mix well with a spoon. Make sure it’s all combined well. Close the lid and let it sit in a warm place for a couple of hours till it doubles.  The waiting period depends fully on the weather. It might take more/less time so be patient!

When it has doubled in size mix it once again with a spoon. Dough will be soft and sticky. I didn’t really knead it at all. Just mixing with a spoon was sufficient. Scoop the dough into a loaf pan brushed with olive oil. Cover it with a wet cloth and let it rise once again. This will take another couple of hours.

Preheat the oven and bake the loaf for 45-60 minutes at 160 degree C. Bread is ready when it’s golden on top and sounds hollow when tapped.

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51 comments :

  • Rose

    Hi Chinmayie,

    I had been trying this recipe for sometime now and I love it. Can’t think of any other recipe to bake bread; no more buying breads. Also tried 2 & 3/4 cups of organic whole wheat atta with just 1/4 cup of maida and even cut the sugar; and still get a beauty!! thanks so much. My husband has got excited about baking breads now and has started following this recipe ;-)

  • Srividya

    Can we prepare bread out of rice flour? Please let me know.

  • Kajal

    Hello Chinmayie, This is my first visit to you blog, and i’m hooked. i’ve had some disasters with yeast and bread baking before, but you recipe looks fairly fool proof, even for me (considering my jinx :) ) Thank you for sharing! i have just one question, can i replace the active dry yeast with active instant yeast (that i have on hand) and have the same beautiful results, would you know? if yes, how much of instant yeast? Thanks again for helping out!!

  • Ankura

    Hi Chinmayie! I have tried this bread twice now but both times it turned out a bit dense and sticky. The first time, the dough got too sticky so the second time I used lesser water than what you have recommended and it was not as sticky but it still did not rise enough. POssibly also because the weather was cold the second time? I love the taste of it though! :)

  • SarahC

    How much grammes is one cup?

  • Kusum

    Hi ,
    I tried this recipe today …the outcome …a delicious loaf of bread !
    Thank you for a well explained recipe ,especially as I am new to bread baking .
    Got a good loaf of bread after many failed attempts .
    Do you have a recipe for whole wheat bread using atta ?

  • Vidya Lohith

    This bread looks so simple and easy to Bake. Planning to bake this over the weekend. Can you please tell me the size of your loaf pan. I believe that also matters when we tend to use the same measurements of the recipe :)

  • pREETHI

    hI cHINMAYIE, no more buying breads from supermarkets or bakeries! tried it over the weekend, and THE BREAD CAME OUT REALLY well :)

    But the height of the loaf was half of that in your picture. The yeast frothed very well and also The double doubled in size. Then, as you’ve mentioned, I covered the risen dough with a wet cloth for sometime. I am guessing something in this step went amiss. The dough did not rise further and though it was sticky, most of its top layer was smudged to the cloth.

    Could this have resulted in a dwarfed loaf? Can you help me figure this out. Thinking of omitting this step when I bake again this week. Thanks!

  • Kavita

    Please could you provide me with a brand of yeast you use in India and where to buy it from? I have had some bad experiences in past in India..

    • Chinmayie

      I have heard this a lot before but for some strange reason I have had great luck with all brands of yeast before :) I generally use ‘Best’ brand but right now have a stock of 3-4 packs of ‘Purex’ brand which also seems to be working great.

  • Kavita

    Hi, Great job with the lovely blog and I love the recipes..

    I am struggling to find a good yeast in India.. I ahve tried two brands in the past and both did not cause froth when added to warm water.. Please advice which brand of yeast/ which type of yeast do you use…

    • George Kurian

      I you are using dry yeast make sure that the water is Lukewarm and not hot.. when u dip your finger in the water it should be just a little warm as compared to the normal water.. and make sure that you add the sugar and that the sugar has dissolved well in the water before you add the yeast..

  • Annie Chellah Theogaraj

    Hi chinmayee,

    I had several failure attempts in baking bread. It was a hard crust/less sugar, something like that. I was wondering whether I’d bake bread again. After seeing urs I was thinking of giving it a try. The beauty came out of the oven. Oh my it was a soft but firm crust and then such a soft, crumbly texture inside. It was simply delicious. Planning to bake bread often. Thanks for this recipe which is going to keep me going.

  • jyothi

    Hi Chinmayee, I came to know of your website from a friend and also read a few of your articles on thealternative. I like your posts. I tried this bread recipe with a few alterations – adding ragi flour as well as gram flour by 1/4 cup each, reducing the wheat flour/maida accordingly. I dunno why but the bread was dense and the sides did not get stiff – is it because of the tin I used?

    • Chinmayie

      Hi Jyoti, Thank you for trying out my recipe. Baking in general is a lot about measurements so it’s not guaranteed that the recipe will work if you change the quantities. Ragi and Gram flour are both gluten free flours so it’ll not have the same affect as maida or wheat. Without gluten or with less gluten bread will always turn out dense. Try is with the ingredients mentioned in the recipe and I am sure it’ll turn out perfect.

  • Archana

    Hi chinmayee, in the contents u hav written 1tbsp sugar n 1 tsp in procedure…..which is correct?
    N also if I m adding white sugar, should it be plain o ground ?

    • Chinmayie

      Thank you for pointing this out Archana. It’s 1 tbsp of sugar. You can sue regular granulated white sugar instead.

  • Rajeswari

    Thanks soooooooo much dear for such a lovely and awesome tasting receipe! My kids and hubby love it to the core :)

  • Alison

    I have often baked bread and been disappointed by my results – either the loaf was very dense, or it ‘caved in’ despite the use of strong flour and the taste never hit the spot – till THIS recipe!

    I was looking fir a simple wasy recipe as we were giing out if town and I could not take bread/ buy it nearby. So in thd end I made this twice, in an unfamiliar oven, and I. Am. In. Love!

    Thank you! So simple, so satisfying!

  • Trupti

    Chinmayie,am new to your blog. Discovered it, searching for a recipe for brown bread. Tried it and it came out awesome. And its so easy. I have tried it three times in the past week and all three times, the results were great. So its definitely foolproof for a new bread baker like me. Thanks

  • devi

    hi chinmayie!!! first time here. simply loved your blog. beautiful presentation and awesome pics. i am very new to the world of baking and its already become an adiction. and my family relishes every bit that i bake which keeps me motivated to continue with my addiction.my ultimate dream was to bake my own bread loaf, u wont believe i use to dream about kneading and baking breads hehehehe!!! and then i saw your blog and today i baked this beautiful brown bread. what to tell u i couldnt belive this beautifully gorgeous looking bread coming out of my oven and when i cut it a served it to my family the taste was simply divine.thank you for making my first bread baking experience soo special. this is the first step i may go on to bake many more breads but this recipe wil always be special and close to my heart thank u once again for this awesomeeeeeeee recipe!!! sorry for such a huge comment.

    • Chinmayie

      Thank you so much Devi. I am so happy to know that you and your family enjoyed this bread. Keep baking :) Cheers!

  • sarah

    what can i use instead of sugar cane? can i just use white sugar?

  • Celeste

    I made this and it turned out great! Thank you so much :) I too was afraid of yeast after failed attempts. You directions were very easy to follow and the pictures were also helpful. My husband has already asked me to make this again!

  • shrikripa

    Chinmayee thank you very much.Today I baked this bread,came out really yummy and soft.My kids liked it a lot.Only change I made was added 2tsp of flax seed powder and Instead of Olive oil added rice bran oil.

  • nandhini

    this recipe looks very easy and tempting me as I and my sons r very fond of bread varieties….as I had bad experiences in bread making I want to check with u before I try this….i am having prestige oven toaster griller of capacity 17ltrs…i bake cakes with this only…shall I use this oven for ur bread recipe …

    • Chinmayie

      I am pretty sure you can use your oven to bake this bread. It’s really simple and you can’t really go wrong with it :) Please let me know how it turns out!

      • Nandhini

        Hey my bread turned out very well….. ur recipe is excellent. i never expected this bread turned out this good as the weather at hyderabad is very chill during evening time these days. Nice try!!!!!! My son as soon as he got upt this morning he started having bread and jam soon after he brushed his teeth. he liked it very mcuh.

        I am planning to try out ur latest bread using club soda…Will let u know soon how it turns out..

        • Chinmayie

          Thank you so much Nandhini! I am so happy to know that your son liked the bread :) Please try my cub soda bread and let me know what you think.

  • Kathy

    The bread looks delicious. I’ve only worked with dough and yeast once, but enjoyed 99% of making it (the other 1% was waiting for it to rise!) and this is definitely going onto Pinterest

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  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    So healthy so brilliant! This is probably the most health conscious bread I’ve seen and yet it looks so delicious! How you do that! I’m impressed Chinmayie!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    I m making this today..substituted all purpose with fine ground millet flour & reduced sugar a bit..the dough is rising & it looks great..thanks so much for this wonderful wonderful recipe…now I m eyeing your chickpea crackers too..keep these recipes coming :)
    Have a great weekend..

  • Sia

    gorgeous loaf of bread! makes me want to bite into that soft slice. I like the fact that it is no knead recipe

  • nisha

    That is indeed one gorgeous looking loaf..im yet to master the art of bread baking

  • zenaida claro

    I love cooking also but have not tried baking bread, tnx for this info.

  • Brooke

    This looks awesome. I love making bread! Now I’m in the mood! =)

  • Jackie

    Looks so tasty and reminds me that I need to make more bread!

  • Zareena

    OMG!!! this does not require butter!!! Amazing recipe. The pics were so helpful dear. Bookmarked this and will let you know.

  • Jwalamalini

    Hi Chinmaye,

    What a wonderful website!really awesome pics and super easy and healthy recipes.can u tell me whether we can bake bread without yeast since my daughter is having some fungal infection on her skin,our homeopathy doctor advised me not to give her bread.But she is fond of sanwiches.can u help me?

    Regards,
    Malini.

    • Chinmayie

      Hey Malini! Thank you so much :) Good to know that you like my recipes so much :)
      There are several quick bread recipes which do not use yeast. They are also a lot easier to make. Just try searching for ‘quick bread’ recipes online and you should get some recipes. Will definitely post some quick bread recipe for you soon!

  • sukanya

    what a perfect loaf of bread you baked..loved it

  • Shruti

    I am surely baking bread this weekend..

  • Princy

    i already had a bad experience with yeast :( but i wont let it get to me..will try this soon!!

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