Quick Whole Wheat Bread #BreadBakers

It has snowed in the hills and the plains are shivering in the cold wave. It rained day and night yesterday and we knew it must be snowing in the hills. Rain washed away all the dust and next morning a clear sky and clean fresh air greeted us.

We ran to our terrace to see the snow in the hills. It did not snow heavily and only some peaks were white.

 The air was chilly and we saw some Babblers huddled together in our mango tree.

Later, the Sun rose graciously spreading warmth and mirth.

Sitting in the Sun in winters induces lassitude. It is soothing to read a book, oil your hair and do any other chore outside or just doze off. It is a bliss. While we all were outside sunning ourselves in the lawn, the oven timer chimed. 

Our Quick Whole Wheat Bread was ready. A soup and a veggie with would be our dinner tonight.

This is a great recipe. The dough needs just one rise. The crumb is soft and the bread is delicious. This is one bread that I bake quite often and everyone at home loves it.

Quick Whole Wheat Bread


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 cup very warm water
  • ¾ tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons+2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons+2teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt


  1. To prepare the sponge, stir together 1 cup flour, 1 cup warm water, and yeast. Cover and keep for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and well risen. Prepare sponge in a big bowl.
  2. Grease one 8 ½ x4 ½ inch loaf pan. Dust with cornmeal or with flour.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and 1 cup flour. Stir till the ingredients come together.
  4. Keep adding remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. When stirring becomes difficult, transfer the dough onto a floured counter.
  5. Knead with the heels of the hand. Push the dough with the heels and pull back with fingers. Knead for about 6 to 7 minutes until a soft and supple dough forms.
  6. Shape dough into one 8-inch  log and place in the prepared pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and keep in a warm place.
  7. Allow the bread to rise for about 1 to 2 hours, or until the centre has crowned about 1 inch above the rim of the pan.
  8. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Bake the bread for 30-35 minutes or till the top turns golden brown and the bottom of the pan sounds hollow when tapped.
  9. Cool. Slice when completely cold.
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to [email protected].

This month’s host is Pavani of Cook's Hideout. She chose the theme "Healthy Breads". It is a beautiful way to start new Year the healthy way. Pavani is a talented baker. Check out her blog for some great bread recipes.


Check out the Healthy Breads that our fellow #BreadBakers have baked this month:

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  • Blueberry Almond Bread from Cindy's Recipes and Writings

  • Brain Booster Pancakes from A Day in the Life on the Farm

  • Grain-free Nutty Carrot Flatbread from A Baker's House

  • Healthier Applesauce Spice Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

  • Healthy Whole Grain Bread from The Bread She Bakes

  • Honey Almond Brioche from Kidsandchic

  • Honey Oatmeal Bread from Food Lust People Love

  • Honey Whole Grain Bread from Hostess At Heart

  • Multigrain Pesto Swirl Bread from Herbivore Cucina

  • Quick Whole Wheat Bread from Ambrosia

  • Rugbrød from A Shaggy Dough Story

  • Spiced Besani Paratha from Sneha's Recipe

  • Sprouted Wheat Bread from Palatable Pastime

  • Sweet Potato Loaf from The Wimpy Vegetarian

  • Sweet Potato Millet Bread from The Schizo Chef

  • Ten Grain No Knead Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories

  • Whole Wheat Brioche Buns from Gayathri's Cook Spot

  • Whole Wheat Pineapple Quick Bread from Basic N Delicious

  • Whole Wheat Carrot Apple Walnut Quickbread from A Salad For All Seasons

  • Whole Wheat White Bean Bread from Cooks Hideout

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    1. Looks really soft and I like that it does not have AP flour. I dont prefer to bake with honey, is there a substitute?

      1. Hello Divyangi, You may use sugar in place of honey. You will need to dissolve sugar in warm water. Rest of the procedure will remain the same. Happy Baking!

    2. There's nothing better than a really good whole wheat loaf for sandwiches.

    3. This is such a great and quick recipe! And those birds!!! They are amazing!

    4. This bread looks so light and airy!

    5. That is a beautiful loaf Namita. I love breads with whole wheat flour and this one looks lovely.

    6. Great bake! Thanks for the recipe. And those bird pics are just a treat :)

    7. Namita....I can see why your family loves this bread. It's beautiful and I bet delicious! Oh how I wished I lived in a place where I could see pretty birds sitting in mango trees! Your photos are just wonderful.

      1. Hello Anne, Thank you so much. Be my guest please :)

    8. Hi Namita,
      I have noticed that instant dry yeast was mentioned twice at the ingredients. Is that a typing error or we have to add yeast twice?

      1. Hello Shanta, In surge of excitement i have written yeast twice it seems. Thanks for bringing it to my notice. Done the needful.

      2. Thank you so much Namita! I have all the ingredients at home. Going to try baking this bread for this weekend.

    9. That is a beautiful wholewheat bread Namita. Great thing is it is so quick to make.

    10. I've never seen babblers before. Your break is just perfectly domed and looks delicious too!

    11. Simply amazing! You can come make us bread any time!

    12. Quick bread !!! Yujuu I love this recipe

    13. The bread looks amazing. Can u pls tell me which dry yeast you have used ? Or what make can I use in India.

      1. Thank You Nikita, I have used instant dry yeast. My brand is "Four Seasons". A lot of other brands are also available Nikita. Hope you find one and get baking.

    14. Hi can you pls tell me why have you mentioned 2+2 tablespoons honey instead of 4?

      1. Hello PDM, its 2 tablespoon+ 2 teaspoon.

    15. Hi Namita, I have finally tried your recipe today. The bread didn't rise as high as yours. I waited for almost 2 hours before baking. I have used sugar instead of honey. The bread is densed but tastes good. What could be my mistake? How to get the fluffy bread? Please guide me.

    16. Namita the bread looks so soft and inviting. Love your photos. The marigolds brought a big smile on my face.

    17. what a great loaf from such a quick process - perfect sandwich bread!

    18. Hi, I tried this and it was fantastic ! I baked a number of AP flour breads before, and always wondered about using atta as a healthier alternative. I came across this in facebook but wanted to leave a personal comment here. It was really good and I will make it again and again. Single rise, whole wheat and soft..what else could you ask for ?
      We had polished off a quarter of the loaf as I type. :)

      1. Hello Satya, thanks for trying out this recipe. I am sure that you enjoyed baking it. This is definitely easy and bakes in less time.

    19. bread looks so soft and perfectly baked ,nice recipe !

    20. Hi Namita! Can't wait to try out this one. Looks so easy and simple :) Is it okay to replace honey with jaggery or date paste? Please let me know. Thanks. :)

      1. Hello crypticrow, Sure you can replace honey. Jaggery can be dissolved in a little water and added. you may use muscovado sugar or brown sugar. I haven't tried these. Do share your experience