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Easy Vegan Wheat Bread

There's nothing quite like home made bread. This hearty Easy Vegan Wheat Bread recipe is easy to whip up if you have a few hours and it's really simple. In bread baking, longer rise cycles at lower temperatures usually result in more flavor compounds that are generated due to the yeast extracting and break down more starches in the flour and converting them into sugars which will then get caramelized during baking. Some doughs call for an overnight rise in the refrigerator so optimum flavor can be developed. In this vegan loaf you have the option of doing an overnight slow rise in the refrigerator or a regular rise. The two first rise cycle is for the main fermentation of the dough where the yeast eats the most sugars and rises the bread with CO2. The last rise is called proofing in where the dough rises after it's been molded into it's desired shape or placed in it's specific mold.

In bread baking it's absolutely essential that no shortcuts are taken when following a recipe because you're manipulating a fermentation with very exacting tolerances; just like when brewing beer. Any deviation can result in a botched experiment, aka a brick.

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Easy Vegan Wheat Bread Recipe

1 ¾ cups + 3 Tablespoons warm water
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
2 ¼ teaspoons, or one ¼ ounce package active dry yeast

4 cups whole wheat flour
1 ¾ teaspoons salt

1) Activate the yeast

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water, maple syrup and yeast. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes so the yeast activates.

2) Whisk together the dry ingredients

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the whole wheat flour and salt.

3) Assemble the dough

Add the water mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together into a sticky ball.

4) Knead the dough and let it rise

Transfer the dough to a clean surface. Knead for 12 to 15 minutes while adding flour only if the dough gets too sticky to work with. Form the dough into a ball and lightly coat it with oil. This will reduce the dough's tendency to dry out while it rises. Place it in a bowl, cover with a plastic bag and let it rise in a warm place until it's doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours. Alternatively, place in the refrigerator for about 12 to 24 hours. Remember that we want our dough to double in size regardless of whether it spends a full 24 hours in the refrigerator or rises at room temperature. Feel free to let it rise in the refrigerator for some of the time and outside of the refrigerator the rest of the time.





5) Let the dough rise once more

Degass the dough by pressing on it with dampened hands several times until no more gas comes out of the dough. Form the dough into a ball again and let it rise until it's doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours. If you did your last rise in the refrigerator, do this rise at room temperature and allow 4 hours of rise time.

6) Proof the dough

The dough can now be proofed by gently forming it into a lightly oiled loaf pan and allowed to sit covered with a plastic bag until it reaches about 80% to 90% of it's intended size, which should be about 40 minutes. The proofing stage is where the dough takes most of it's shape. It's important to leave room under the plastic bag so the dough can rise sufficiently.

7) Bake the vegan wheat bread to perfection

Preheat your oven to 375F (191C). Remove the plastic bag so the dough can rest for about 10 minutes while your oven is preheating. During the baking process, the dough will rise another 10% to 20% of it's intended size in the process known as oven spring. Bake until the internal temperature of the bread measured with an instant-read thermometer registers 180-190F (82-88C). If you don't have a thermometer, this is about 25 to 30 minutes or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when the loaf pan is tapped with a blunt object like a rolling pin.

8) Allow the bread to cool slightly

Remove the bread from the loaf pan after about 15 minutes. Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack until it's room temperature. This bread is best stored covered in a cool dark place or pre-sliced and stored in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer. This recipe makes one loaf of Easy Vegan Wheat Bread.


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Solid recipe, but it's came out on the denser side for me the three times I've made it, any advice on making it less dense?
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Hupfer Reviewed by Hupfer January 11, 2014
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Solid recipe, but it's came out on the denser side for me the three times I've made it, any advice on making it less dense?

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I'm sorry the bread is coming out a little dense for you Hupfer! I recommend lengthening the proofing time so it rises a little more right before it goes into the oven. Good luck!

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At last, I found this one is very best recipe. I baked and let it rise overnight like the recipe instructed. The vegan bread turns out to be great taste and soft. My family loves it. Thank you Thank you!!! I am not going to use other bread recipes. Your recipe is a treasure to me.
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Reviewed by Grace December 01, 2013

So perfect

At last, I found this one is very best recipe. I baked and let it rise overnight like the recipe instructed. The vegan bread turns out to be great taste and soft. My family loves it. Thank you Thank you!!! I am not going to use other bread recipes. Your recipe is a treasure to me.

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I'm so happy this bread recipe worked out so well for you Grace! Thanks for sharing!

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You are a perfect human being. A god among men. This bread is AMAZING and your instructions are fantastic. I just made my first loaf today and this is going to become my go-to bread recipe. I'll never have to buy bread again!
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Reviewed by Emily November 26, 2013

You are a perfect human being. A god among men. This bread is AMAZING and your instructions are fantastic. I just made my first loaf today and this is going to become my go-to bread recipe. I'll never have to buy bread again!

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So happy the bread worked out for you Emily! Thanks so much for the kind words!

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Before this recipe, I had never made bread by hand before. I was worried but for no reason. This is my all-time favorite bread recipe! I like to add 2 Tbsp. of flaxseed to it as well. I threw out all the store-bought bread in the house and make this a couple times a week now. It turns out perfectly every, single time. Thank you!!
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kryvon Reviewed by kryvon March 01, 2013
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Perfect!

Before this recipe, I had never made bread by hand before. I was worried but for no reason. This is my all-time favorite bread recipe! I like to add 2 Tbsp. of flaxseed to it as well. I threw out all the store-bought bread in the house and make this a couple times a week now. It turns out perfectly every, single time. Thank you!!

Owner's reply

Great idea on the flaxseed addition kryvon! I'll have to try that. I'm so happy it's become a staple in your home!

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I'm new to vegan recipes and was really intimidated to start baking bread. I'm so happy to have found this yummy recipe! It turned out perfect =D
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Reviewed by corinnemartine January 01, 2012

I'm new to vegan recipes and was really intimidated to start baking bread. I'm so happy to have found this yummy recipe! It turned out perfect =D

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So glad this worked out for you corinnemartine!

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Nice recipe! Can I replace agave nectar/maple syrup with brown sugar?
Reviewed by Divya May 23, 2011

Nice recipe! Can I replace agave nectar/maple syrup with brown sugar?

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Hi Divya, You should have no problem replacing the brown sugar with agave nectar or maple syrup. Just be sure to reduce the water by about 1 Tablespoon. Good luck!

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There's great info here, except one major part is missing! How much "Bread Flour" are you supposed to use? You refer to it in the preparation instructions, yet it's not listed in the ingredients! Only the whole wheat flour is listed...
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Reviewed by steph January 18, 2011

Easy Wheat Bread

There's great info here, except one major part is missing! How much "Bread Flour" are you supposed to use? You refer to it in the preparation instructions, yet it's not listed in the ingredients! Only the whole wheat flour is listed...

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Hi Steph,

I just fixed this and removed the reference to bread flour because it was from an earlier version. The current version uses 100% whole wheat flour. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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This bread came out very hearty, and the taste grew on me more and more as i continued to eat it.
After my first rising session was over, i decided to put the dough in the baking pan i was using and have it rise 3 times. (30 mins each)
that probably added to the flavor a bit more.

thanks!
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Reviewed by asaam August 15, 2010

Hearty

This bread came out very hearty, and the taste grew on me more and more as i continued to eat it.
After my first rising session was over, i decided to put the dough in the baking pan i was using and have it rise 3 times. (30 mins each)
that probably added to the flavor a bit more.

thanks!

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This was easy and delicious! Exactly what I needed!
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melbaker30 Reviewed by melbaker30 April 28, 2010
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Easy and Delicious

This was easy and delicious! Exactly what I needed!

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