Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Autolyse Method (Vegan)

 Amazingly soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread that has a great crumb and is delicious. . Autolyse does the magic. The dough becomes soft and pliable. the crumb is super soft. The bread toasts well.

The branches of Pear trees are bare. Trees are shedding leaves before time. This could be due to a long wet period of rain and temperature drop or due to reasons incomprehensible but definitely some connection to global warming. Raindrops sitting on the bare branches shine like jewels as the first rays of the Sun fall on them. A bird perches on the branch and the drops fall off in unison. There are dew drops on the grass that too shine like diamonds.

The floor of the forest is mossy and wet and dotted with mushrooms of vivid colours.

The bushes of Pyracantha, also called Himalayan Firethorn are laden with fruit. We often spot birds feasting on them.

The timer of the oven rings and a yeasty aroma permeates through as the bread bakes.

We have baked a Whole Wheat Sandwich bread that tastes lovely and has a great crumb.

Our dinner is sorted. We shall have stewed veggies with bread. This is whole wheat bread with six hours of autolyse.  Autolyse really helps baking a soft loaf especially when baking with whole grains. From a shaggy unmanageable dough, it becomes a soft, pliable dough that rises well. This bread goes through a single rise.

A few important things to be kept in mind are-

  • Depending on the kind of whole wheat flour you are using, water requirements could vary. 
  • Start with 1 ¼ cup. Add more only if there are dry pockets of flour.
  • Dissolve yeast in 3-4 teaspoons of water. This will increase the hydration levels of the dough.
  • The final dough may be too wet to shape. Just pour it into a greased pan liberally dusted with flour.
  • Do not add more flour if the dough is wet. The dough will be very sticky but not runny.

The bread has a soft crumb. It rises well and has a good oven spring.

This bread has two cups of Whole Wheat Flour and one cup of All-Purpose flour.

If you wish to bake 100% Whole Wheat Bread and know more   about autolyse, read here-   100%Whole Wheat Bread (Autolyse Method)


Autolyse is a technique that is easily introduced into your bread-baking routine and delivers a dough that is easier to work with and shape and gives a loaf better in texture, rise and flavour. It is a deceptively simple process. Just combine flour and water in a bowl and mix until no dry flour remains. Simply cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place for 20-30 minutes to up to  3 hours.

During the resting stage, gluten development begins and simple sugars start to form as starch is broken down. The dough becomes smoother, elastic and easier to handle.

Autolyse is a resting period between mixing and kneading.


Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (Vegan)


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½  cups water (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 4 teaspoons of unrefined sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Mix whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour in a large deep bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup water. Mix. Add ¼ cup water more if the dough is too hard.
  3. Mix till there are no dry pockets. The dough will be tight and hard. Cover and keep for 6 hours or overnight (in the refrigerator) .
  4. After the resting period, the dough will be very soft, supple and elastic.
  5. Dissolve yeast in 2-3 teaspoons of water. Add to dough. Add salt and sugar.
  6. Now mix very well. It will take some time to mix and for all the ingredients to incorporate well.
  7. Once done, add oil and again you will require some time to mix and get a soft, pliable and supple dough.
  8. Even if the dough gets a little wet, it is ok.
  9. Grease and dust one 8 ½ inch x 4 ½ inches loaf pan.
  10. Shape the dough into a loaf. If it is too wet, don’t shape it, just pour it into the pan and with greased hands, level the top.
  11. Keep in a warm place to rise until almost double.
  12. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  13. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the top turns golden.
  14. Remove from the pan and cool in the rack.
  15. Slice when cold.



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  1. Should the yeast be dissolved in room temperature water ?? Or lukewarm water?? Can u pls explain

    1. Always dissolve yeast in warm water. And with some sugar. This wakes up the yeast and activates it.

  2. For first few min. I thought it's not a bread recipe or i stumbled upon on wrong page...I m reminding Ruskin Bond while reading and don't want to finish it so soon....you have a great skill of writing and I love it...i haven't read the whole recipe yet but definitely I will after this comment and will try too... because I m thinking to try this method since a few days ...just want to ask is the bread are dence or light? Because once when I made once and mine turns Lil dence..

    1. Hello Meeta, Thank you for your kind words :) Do come to our Homestead to enjoy birds and nature.
      Whole wheat bread made with autolyse method is lesser dense than the one made with the regular method. Do try out, you'll like it Meeta.