Yeasted Whole Wheat Bread


Unrefined sugar
Whole wheat flour
Olive Oil


In a ceramic/glass bowl:

2 cups water – warm not hot (100-110°)
2 T unrefined sugar

Note that the purpose of the sugar is to feed the yeast not sweeten the bread.

Sprinkle on top

1 T yeast

It will sit on top, then dissolve, then drop, then rise in foam. This shows that the yeast is alive. If it doesn't exhibit this foaminess you should start over with another source of yeast.

Grind into flour

4 cups kernels of hard red winter wheat

If you do not have a flour mill you can, of course, use flour that you have purchased. 100% whole wheat. You will need 6–7 cups.

Add 2 cups flour to yeast mixture.

Stir well


2 tsp salt
2 T olive oil

Stir well


Add more flour until you can no longer stir it easily. Turn it onto a flat surface and knead with your hands adding more flour as needed. Knead 5–10 minutes or more – adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky. The amount of water used determines how much flour is needed.

Wash bowl.

Add a dribble of olive oil to the bottom and swish it around with your fingers.

Put dough in bowl to coat bottom with oil.

Invert dough so the oiled surface is on top.

Rising 1

Cover bowl with moistened dish towel. Put in oven with only the light on. This will provide a source of heat to keep the temperature about 80–90° F. You could turn on the oven (at any temperature) for 30-40 seconds only to heat it up a little. It doesn't really matter - the dough will simply take longer to rise.

Let sit for up to 2 hours until it has doubled in size due to the yeast action.

Punch it down to release the air/gas. Kids love to do this.

Rising 2

Take dough out of bowl and knead it again for 5 minutes.

Form it into a loaf.

Place in an oiled and floured loaf pan. Even better - you could, instead, line the pan with parchment paper.

Set again in a warm oven to rise.


When it has risen almost enough take out and turn oven up to 350° F. When the oven is ready put loaf in to bake for 45 minutes.

Take out of pan somehow.
Let cool.

The temptation of eating warm, fresh, homemade, just-out-of-the-oven bread may be too much for you. You may find yourself cutting the bread before it has cooled. This is fine. Enjoy.