brown bread recipe, complete guide to make brown bread recipe

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brown bread recipe - a vegan recipe of brown bread with the perfect crust & texture.

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brown bread recipe with step by step photos – detailed post of brown bread with gentle tips, hints and lots of pics. i have tried to answer all the queries i get related to yeast proofing and baking bread in this post.

how to make brown bread recipe

since by now i bake a lot of breads at home, i have become pretty good in baking breads. the other side is the bread recipes never get to the blog. i just don’t get the time to take pics and especially the step by step pics.

i have baked buns, rolls, artisan breads and still enjoying baking breads at home. yet, i shall see to it that i do add different bread recipes to the blog so that you can also bake beautiful breads in your own kitchen. i have already managed to post recipes of white bread, whole wheat sandwich bread, margherita pizza, whole wheat pizza dough and no yeast pizza dough.

this brown bread:

is soft, light & has a great texture. here both whole wheat flour and all purpose flour/maida is used in 1:3 proportion. you can tweak this proportion to half-half or make it 2:1. i recently also made garlic bread with 2:1 proportion of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour which was also good.

how to make brown bread recipe

on whole wheat bread

coming to whole wheat bread, when baking with 100% whole wheat flour, the bread is dense and nutty. so if you want a lighter texture, then adding all purpose flour is required, especially if you stay in india, where we don’t get gluten powder easily. however, i shall also post whole wheat bread in some time.

kneading the bread

i have used kitchenaid artisan mixer to knead the brown bread here. however you can also knead in a food processor or by hand. i have mentioned both the instructions for kneading with hand or kitchenaid mixer in the recipe details below. if using any other stand mixer, food processor or bread machine, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

yeast & flours

just remember to use use good quality yeast and flours. here i have used the bluebird brand of dry yeast. the flours are organic stone ground/chakki ground whole wheat flour/atta and organic all purpose flour/maida.

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yeast proofing, bread leavening & temperatures

i have always used dry active yeast for baking. when you use dry active yeast, then first you have to activate these in warm water. the temperature range of warm water for activating dry yeast, should be between 40 to 46 degrees C/105 degrees F to 115 degrees F. a much lower or higher range of temperature won’t allow the yeast to activate. you can also use a thermometer to check the temperature of the water.

if the yeast does not proof, then throw away the mixture and start again. if again it does not proof, probably the yeast is out of date. when you use dry active yeast, you have to allow the dough to rise twice, once in a bowl and then in the baking pan. dry active yeast is easily available in super stores.

the dough needs a warm temperature to leaven. so if you stay in colder regions, then preheat your oven to 49 to 66 degrees C/120 to 150 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. turn off the oven. place the bread dough inside till it doubles in size. remember to remove the bread out before you preheat the oven again for baking.

satisfaction guaranteed 🙂

once you start baking breads at home, you will love baking them so much and you will be less prone to buying ready breads. in fact even artisan breads can be easily made at home. baking is therapeutic and when you see the bread leavening, baking & rising in the oven, it surely is a feel good thing. the whole house is fragrant with the lovely aroma of breads getting baked.

since bread baking intimidates many of us, this is a step by step post which will help you in someway overcoming your bread baking fears.

if you are looking for more bread recipes then do check pita bread, bhatura, vegetable pizza, banana breadwhole wheat pizza and garlic bread.

brown bread recipe below:

brown bread recipe
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brown bread recipe

brown bread recipe - a vegan recipe of brown bread with the perfect crust & texture.

course appetizers, breakfasts
cuisine world
prep time 4 minutes
cook time 40 minutes
total time 44 minutes
servings 12 bread slices from 1 loaf of bread
rough calories per serving 135 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2.25 cups organic all purpose flour (maida)
  • ¾ cup organic whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tablespoon dry active yeast OR 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoon organic cold pressed sunflower oil OR melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon regular sugar or unrefined organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt or regular salt

how to make recipe

proofing yeast:

  1. warm the 1 cup of water.
  2. add 1 tbsp sugar and dry active yeast.
  3. stir and let the yeast activate.
  4. this usually takes about 10 minutes.

kneading bread dough in a bowl:

  1. sieve both the flours with salt in a large wide bowl or a large plate with a rim/parat.
  2. add the proofed yeast and oil.
  3. mix all the ingredients.
  4. then begin to knead the dough.
  5. if the dough feels sticky, then add some flour.
  6. if it feels dry, then add some water.
  7. continue to knead, till you get a smooth dough which when stretched doesn't tear.

kneading bread dough in a stand mixer:

  1. add the flour and salt in the bowl.
  2. on speed 1 mix the flour & salt for some seconds.
  3. add the yeast mixture and oil and on speed 2 knead the dough.
  4. continue kneading for 2 minutes and check the dough.
  5. if it feels dry, add some warm water.
  6. if it feels sticky, add some flour.
  7. continue kneading for a further 2-3 minutes on speed 2 till you get a smooth and pliable dough.

leavening brown bread dough:

  1. rub oil or water all over the dough and keep in a covered bowl to leaven for 2-3 hours.
  2. after 2-3 hours, remove the dough and punch and deflate it lightly.
  3. roll a single log of the dough.
  4. tuck the edges down on both sides of the bread loaf.
  5. place the bread in a greased loaf pan (9x5 inches) with the tucked edges facing downwards.
  6. cover the loaf pan and let the dough leaven for 40 minutes or 1 hour.
  7. preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F.
  8. bake the loaf for 35-40 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  9. place the brown bread on a wire rack or tray.

  10. serve warm or refrigerate the brown bread.

recipe notes

tips for making brown bread recipe:

  1. if not baking on the same day, the leavened dough can be refrigerated.
  2. the leftover baked brown bread can be kept wrapped in a foil or cling film and refrigerated.
  3. this brown bread recipe can be doubled.
  4. the brown bread can also be baked in the convection mode of microwave oven at the same temperature mentioned in the recipe details.
  5. if the surface of the breads, starts to becoming brown whilst baking, then cover the surface of the bread, with aluminum foil or butter paper.

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lets begin step by step brown bread recipe: 

1: warm water in a pan or microwave. add sugar. add yeast and stir. let this mixture remain undisturbed for 10 mins. after 10 minutes, the whole mixture becomes bubbly and frothy.

brown bread recipe

2: on speed 1 of kitchenaid mixer, mix the salt with the flours for some seconds.

brown bread recipe

3: now add the yeast mixture, oil, water and on speed 2, mix the dough.

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4: continue on speed 2 for a couple of minutes, and the dough will begin to knead.

dough for brown bread recipe

5: after 2 minutes, this is how the dough appears.

dough for brown bread recipe

6:  feel the dough and if it looks dry, add some warm water (keep some warm water handy). when the dough is fully kneaded, stop the kitchenaid. below pic of the dough after 4 minutes. stretch a small piece of dough between your fingers in to a thin sheet. if it does not tear, it means that the dough is well kneaded.

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7: rub some oil or water on the whole dough. keep in a bowl (i used the same kitchenaid bowl). cover with a kitchen towel and keep in a warm place for the dough to leaven.

preparing brown bread recipe

8: after 3 and half hours, the dough has risen. i kept the dough a tad longer due to a cooler temperature here on this day.

dough for brown bread recipe

9: punch the dough lightly and just knead lightly.

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10: roll the dough into a log shape.

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11: seal the edges of the dough below on both sides.

dough for making brown bread recipe

12: place the loaf in a greased or lined loaf pan (9×5 inches) with the sealed edges down.

dough for brown bread recipe

13: keep covered for 35-40 minutes for the loaf to rise. i kept for an hour.

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baking brown bread:

14: before baking, pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C/375 degrees F. with a serrated knife, cut a cross on the top of the dough.

baking brown bread

15: you can brush the loaf with some milk or soy milk if you want. bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes till the bread browns from top and when you tap on it, it sounds hollow.

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16: whilst the bread is still hot, remove the bread with the help of of oven mittens/gloves from the loaf pan. allow the brown bread to cool on a wire rack or tray.

preparing brown bread recipe

17:  serve the slices warm or keep the brown bread in a bread box. if kept in the fridge, the brown bread stays good for a longer time, especially in a country like ours when keeping bread outside for a longer time is not advised. you can use brown bread to make stuffed bread pakora, bombay toast sandwich, veg sandwich and veg toast sandwich.

brown bread recipe, how to make brown bread recipe

dassana amit
Founder, Designer, Recipe Developer, Food Photographer ||

i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Can I bake in cooker as pressure cooker cakes are made?

    • yes you can make in pressure cooker.

  2. Hi
    How are you…after gap now trying my hand on baking breads at home…..last attempt was a big disappointment……couple of questions……when adding instant yeast then flour rises much quickly….so should I go bake it….or should follow the instructions exactly……can we add milk to it?

    • with instant yeast it will take less time for both the rises. so as soon as the loaf rises, you can bake it. if the bread is over leavened, then it does affect the structure of the bread. the instructions here are for baking with dry active yeast. for reference on timing, you can check this post on whole wheat bread where i have used instant yeast. link here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/whole-wheat-sandwich-bread-recipe/

  3. Hi can you please make oats bread and share the receipe anything that is wheat free

    • making any gluten free bread requires testing the recipe many times. i did try but did not succeed with bread made only from millet flours. some wheat flour has to be added. there are gluten free baking flours available in the indian market but they are very expensive and one can easily make bread from these flours. however for the readers i wanted to share a recipe which can be made with our local millet flours, but all the times i tried, the bread texture failed. if i make oats bread also then i will need to add atleast some wheat flour in it.

  4. Hi,
    Can you please tell me what should be the temperature if i bake bread in convection microwave and also which rack should be used?

    • Ishita, You can use 180 degree celsius. Bake in convection mode of microwave. Pre heat the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degree celsious before baking. In microwave oven there is no rack option. so keep the pan on the glass turn plate. In oven I keep it on middle rack.