sandwich bread recipe | 100% whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

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whole wheat sandwich bread recipe - a soft sandwich bread made from whole wheat flour or atta.

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whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

sandwiches are often made at home. though i do not add many sandwich recipes, but i do make them as a quick snack or brunch. so i often end up baking breads at home. thus when i plan to make sandwiches, i bake the loaf a day or two before. most of the times i bake bread at home. but yes on rare occasions due to time constraints, i do buy whole wheat or multi grain loaf from outside. on a side note, i will be adding some more variety of bread recipes as i do get a lot of requests for various types of bread recipes.

this whole wheat sandwich bread is similar to the whole wheat bread recipe i had posted earlier. with just using whole wheat flour and yeast, you can get a nicely soft textured sandwich bread. i do not use vital wheat gluten as i am not comfortable adding it to breads. i might as well use some all purpose flour instead.

this recipe does not use vital wheat gluten or any other agent to help make the bread soft. you just need to knead the dough well. a tiny amount of lemon juice added in the dough helps in the gluten development and this gives a soft & light crumb in the bread. the heaviness or denseness is not felt in the bread. thus making it very good for sandwiches.

whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

you can make plain, toast or grilled sandwiches with this whole wheat sandwich bread. since no milk product is used in the bread, the bread can be easily freezed or stored for more than a week in the refrigerator.

the recipe yields one loaf, but you can even double the recipe and make two loafs. if you have a stand mixer, then you can use it to knead the dough.

i had made the dough in the evening. after the second rise, i kept the dough in the fridge and baked the bread in the morning. if you want you can also follow this method. keeping the dough overnight in the fridge helps in better leavening. the method uses the sponge method and then the dough is kneaded. so there is some waiting time between leavening the sponge and then for the two rises.

i have also used instant yeast. you can even use fresh yeast or dry active yeast . do note that will fresh yeast and dry active yeast, the rising time of the bread will increase. with this whole wheat sandwich bread, i had made grilled pizza sandwiches and guacamole sandwiches. however you can make any sandwich with it like:

  1. veg sandwich
  2. club sandwich
  3. bombay veg sandwich etc.

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check whole wheat momos, whole wheat pizza dough, whole wheat dosa and whole wheat pizza recipe.

whole wheat sandwich bread recipe below:

sandwich bread recipe, 100% whole wheat sandwich bread recipe
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sandwich bread recipe | 100% whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

whole wheat sandwich bread recipe - a soft sandwich bread made from whole wheat flour or atta.

course breakfasts
cuisine world
prep time 2 hours
cook time 35 minutes
total time 2 hours 35 minutes
servings 12 slices
rough calories per serving 128 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for sponge:

  • 1 cup warm water, 250 ml or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon instant yeast or ¾ teaspoon dry active yeast or ½ tablespoon fresh yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (atta), 180 grams

to be added later:

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (atta), 180 grams
  • 2 tablespoons oil - i added sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, can also add vinegar or buttermilk or curd

how to make recipe

preparing sponge:

  1. add ½ teaspoon instant yeast & & 1 tablespoon sugar in 1 cup warm water. stir and mix very well.

  2. then add 1.5 cups whole wheat flour.

  3. mix the flour in the water+yeast solution very well. cover and let this mixture sit for 45 minutes to an hour.

  4. when you stir the mixture, you will see that it has leavened very well. with small tiny air pockets in it.

preparing dough for whole wheat sandwich bread:

  1. now add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt to this sponge mixture. mix again with a spoon.

  2. add 1.5 cups whole wheat flour.

  3. add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. if you do not have lemon juice, you can use 1 tablespoon vinegar or butter milk or curd. if using vinegar, then use regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

  4. begin to mix and then knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. you can also use a stand mixer for kneading the dough.

  5. knead to a smooth soft dough. now flatten and keep the dough in the same bowl or in another bowl. cover with a lid and keep for the first rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour. the dough is slightly sticky. if the dough feels too sticky, then you can add some more flour and knead. i have not added any water later. in case the dough looks dry and stiff, then you can add some water.

  6. lightly knead the dough again.

  7. make into a log shape.

  8. place the log shaped dough in a well greased loaf pan. allow for the second rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

  9. make a diagonal slit on the dough.

  10. sprinkle some sesame seeds and gently press them so that they stick on the dough loaf.

baking whole wheat sandwich bread:

  1. bake the loaf in a preheated oven at 200 degrees celsius with only bottom heating element on. the preheating time is 20 minutes. keep the loaf in center rack.

  2. bake sandwich bread for 30 to 40 mins or till the tops and sides are golden. also on tapping the bread, it should sound hollow. in my oven it took 38 minutes for the bread to bake.

  3. after 5 to 6 minutes, gently remove the bread loaf from the pan.

  4. keep the sandwich loaf on a wired rack for it to cool down at room temperature. if not using the sandwich bread immediately, then once its cooled, you can keep it in a bread box or in an air tight container. if living in warm and humid climate, then i suggest to refrigerated or freeze the loaf.

  5. slice the bread and you can make sandwiches. or use it for your regular toasts with butter or jam or any spread or dip. i made guacamole sandwiches with the whole wheat sandwich loaf.

recipe notes

tips for making whole wheat sandwich bread recipe:

  • depending on the quality of flour, you can add less or more water.
  • instead of sugar, you can use jaggery. if you want, you can reduce the sugar to 2 to 3 teaspoons. avoid adding honey as a sweetener, as honey becomes toxic when heated.
  • you can also use dry active yeast or fresh yeast. measurements are given in the ingredient list above. with both dry active yeast and fresh yeast the leavening time will increase for the first and second rise.

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how to make whole wheat sandwich bread recipe:

1. add ½ teaspoon instant yeast & 1 tablespoon sugar in 1 cup warm water. stir and mix very well. the water should be lukewarm and not even slightly hot or on the cooler side.

yeast for whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

2. then add 1.5 cups whole wheat flour.

flour for whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

3. mix the flour in the water+yeast solution very well. cover and let this mixture sit for 45 minutes to an hour.

flour for whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

4. here is the sponge mixture after 50 minutes.

making whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

5. when you stir the mixture, you will see that it has leavened very well. with small tiny air pockets in it.

making whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

6. now add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt to this sponge mixture. mix again with a spoon.

making whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

7. add 1.5 cups whole wheat flour.

preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

8. add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. if you do not have lemon juice, you can use 1 tablespoon vinegar or butter milk or curd. if using vinegar, then use regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

9. begin to mix and then knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. you can also use a stand mixer for kneading the dough.

dough to make whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

10. knead to a smooth soft dough. now flatten and keep the dough in the same bowl or in another bowl.  cover with a lid and keep for the first rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour. the dough is slightly sticky. if the dough feels too sticky, then you can add some more flour and knead. i have not added any water later. in case the dough looks dry and stiff, then you can add some water.

dough to make whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

11. a pic below of the dough after 55 minutes.

dough to make whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

12. lightly knead the dough again.

dough to make whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

13. make into a log shape.

dough to make whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

14. place the log shaped dough in a well greased loaf pan. allow for the second rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

dough for making whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

15. a below pic of the dough after 32 minutes. i did not bake after the second rise. i kept the dough in the fridge. i sealed the pan with an aluminium foil and then covered it with a kitchen cotton towel and kept the pan in the fridge.

dough for making whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

16. the dough next day. you can see the difference in the way the loaf has risen and has covered the whole area of the pan as compared to the above pic. so if you have time you can follow this method. but do cover the pan well, so that the dough does not dry out in the fridge.

dough for preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

17. now make a diagonal slit on the dough, not more than ¼ inch deep. this will give the dough more room for expansion while baking.

dough for preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

18. sprinkle some sesame seeds and gently press them so that they stick on the dough loaf.

preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

baking whole wheat sandwich bread:

19. bake the loaf in a preheated oven at 200 degrees celsius with only bottom heating element on. the preheating time is 20 minutes. keep the loaf in center rack.

preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

20. bake sandwich bread for 30 to 40 mins or till the tops and sides are golden. also on tapping the bread, it should sound hollow. in my oven it took 38 minutes for the sandwich bread to bake.

preparing whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

21. after 5 to 6 minutes, gently remove the bread loaf from the pan.

whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

22. keep the sandwich loaf on a wired rack for it to cool down at room temperature. if not using the sandwich bread immediately, then once its cooled, you can keep it in a bread box or in an air tight container. if living in warm and humid climate, then i suggest to refrigerate or freeze the loaf.

whole wheat sandwich bread recipe

23. slice the bread and you can make sandwiches. or use it for your regular toasts with butter or jam or any spread or dip. i made guacamole sandwiches with the whole wheat sandwich loaf.

whole wheat sandwich bread

 

dassana amit
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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. Is there a substitute for yeast while making bread? If yes, what and how much?

    • there is no substitute. soda breads are there but the texture is very different.

  2. Hi Dassana,

    I am planning to bake a bread for the first time and what better recipe to follow than yours. Frankly, I am very scared but anyway could you tell for a beginner like me which recipe should I try first 100% whole wheat or whole wheat sandwich. What is the difference between the two. Thanks for helping me out every time.

    • thanks garima. try whole wheat sandwich as in this method sponge technique is used, which gives very good texture and also the chance of anything going wrong is very less or minimal. the recipe shared is made with instant yeast. if you use fresh yeast or dry active yeast, then the timing for first rise and second rise will double or triple and this depends on the temperature conditions. also if using instant yeast, then do make sure that it is instant yeast. some brands in india label dry active yeast as instant yeast as this causes a lot of confusion. a way to distinguish between both is that instant yeast has granules similar to the size of poppy seeds (khus khus) and dry active yeast has granules which are slightly bigger and resemble yellow mustard seeds.

      • Thanks a ton Dassana. Anyplace I can get instant yeast online (if you know)?

        • garima, check on amazon.in. you should get some other brand there. check the reviews before buying.

  3. my bread doesn’t become spongy from inside. it becomes bati like in texture from centre and hard on top

    • thats due to the bread dough not getting leavened and the cause here is the yeast not getting proofed well or poor quality of yeast. dissolve yeast in lukewarm water+sugar solution for 10 to 15 minutes. the solution should become frothy and bubbly. if not then discard this solution and make again.