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HIgh Fiber bread

colmax's picture

HIgh Fiber bread

I am looking for a high fiber wheat bread recipe I can make by hand. I have tried making high fiber bread in the bread machine, it comes out like a deflated brick. I like working by hand and was wondering if anyone has a recipe that would make not only a good tasting high fiber bread, but one that rises and isn't flat.

aliao's picture

180g bread flour
107g water
1.3 instant yeast

Place the bread flour, water, and instant yeast in the bowl of a mixer and mix with a dough hook attachment for about 3 minnutes. The biga will feel tight and rubbery after it has been mixed; do not add any additional water. Place the biga in a froofing conteriner coated with nonstick cooking spray, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and allow to sit out at room temperature for 1to2 hours. It should double in size. The biga is now ready to use but its flavor will improve if refrigerated overnight and used the next day. To hold the biga overnight, gently degas by pressing down on it with your hands, cover it and place it in the refrigerator overnight.


657g whole wheat flour
462g water
52g honey
2.5 instant yeast
16g salt
all of the biga

Place the whole wheat flour, water, honey, instant yeast, salt and biga into a 5 L stand mixer bowl. Using a dough hook attachment, mix the ingredients on low speed for approximately 4 minutes. Increas mixing speed to medium and mix for an additional 2 minutes. 

Place he dough in a proofing container coated with nonstick cooking spray and check the temperature with a digital thermometer probe; the ideal temperature is 75-78 deg. cover with plastic wrap or lid and alllow to rest for 45 minutes.

After the dough has rested for 45 minutes, give the dough one stretch and fold and let rest again for 45 minutes.

Divide dough in half ( two 730 g pieces)

On a lightley floured surface, shape into a loaf and place immediately into a baking loaf pan coated ith nonstick cooking spray.

Cover the loaves with a sheet of plastic and let them proof for 1-1 1/2 hours at room temp. To check if they are done proofing, press gently into the dough with your fingers; the dough should recover slowley to almost the origianl size, but a slight indentation will be present.


Place the loaves in the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes at 450F. Keeping the loaves in the oven, adjust the oven temperature to 380F and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or inside temperature is at 205F. The loaves will be in the oven for a total of 40-50 minutes. cover with foil if the loaves get too dark too quickly.

colmax's picture

Thank you. I am still looking for a high fiber wheat bread with more than just wheat flour to produce the fiber. 

Dcn Marty's picture
Dcn Marty

Try adding a crude corn bran to your WW recipe.

colmax's picture

Thank you.

Paddyscake's picture

Offers some extra fiber, bulghur, oatmeal and wheat bran. Although, no WW in the recipe, you certainly could swap some out.


colmax's picture

Thank you, I like bulghur. I will try this out.

rockfish42's picture

Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain book has a bread named Oat Bran Broom, I'll leave why to the imagination. Suffice to say it has a good bit of flax seeds and oat bran in the soaker to add a good bit of extra fiber.

colmax's picture

Thank you, I will pick up this book.

MommaT's picture


You might want to try one of the many "multigrain" loaves floating around.  I routinely make Whole-Wheat Multigrain loaf from the book "Bread" (Hamelman), increasing the fibre by my choice of grains in the soaker.  In fact, I've even had some success adding a soaker of various grains and seeds to a regular wheat loaf (made with starter or poolish).

In the Hamelman recipe, it calls for 5.8 oz grains soaked in 6.9 oz water (I use just boiled water).  To up the fibre content, I usually construct a soaker with:

- multigrain rolled cereal (like rolled oats but with many cereals)

- wheat germ

- coarsely ground cornmeal (optional)

- seeds, such as sunflower and flax.

Occassionally, I've even thrown in some leftover steamed brown rice with good effect.

Using a soaker is great, IMO, because you can amp up the flavor and the fibre with a lot of flexibility.

Go for it!


colmax's picture

thank you, I will try your suggesstions.

goody1006's picture

...I add Oat & Wheat Brans to almost every bread I made--
I simply sub the brans for some of the flours, and slightly increase the liquid content, as the brans tend to soak it up.

hope this helps!

colmax's picture

Thanks, I will try this out.

colmax's picture

Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. I am going to try them out starting today. They all sound great. I thought I knew how to bake bread until I discovered this site. Wow, all of you are so knowledgeable. I am now reading rapidly to catch up. I have been baking bread for years, but not with the knowledge of everyone on this site. Thanks everyone! Now for what is probably a beginner question.     How can I make the outside of my sourdough loaf soft. I have tried water. Any suggestions?