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Simple wheat sandwich loaf with added bran

preppymcprepperson's picture

Simple wheat sandwich loaf with added bran

A very simple yeasted sandwich loaf, for my husband who would eat sugary supermarket loaves all the time if left to himself. An attempt to replicate some of the flavor and texture of those, but without the chemicals and with some added wheat bran for fiber. Adapted from Emma Christensen.



300g white flour

150g ww flour

50g wheat bran

180 ml milk

220 ml warm water

3g instant yeast

2.5 tbsp honey

13g salt

1.5 tbsp sunflower or other neutral oil


Dissolve the yeast in about 150g of the water, then stir in the milk, oil and honey.

Combine with the white flour and WW flour and mix to combine.

Add the wheat bran and salt, and then gradually add the remainder of the water, mixing by hand as you go. Sometimes I only need 190 ml of water in total, other times it takes the full 220, really depends where I've sourced my wheat!

Once combined, let sit 20 minutes.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for 15-20 minutes. It should windowpane.

Form a ball, place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise 1h 15 minutes.

Shape into a loaf and place in an oiled loaf tin. Proof 30 minutes, preheating oven to 220C while you do.

Slash the top, place in the oven and reduce heat to 190C. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Let cool, slice and feed to unsuspecting spouse.


Bread1965's picture

That looks like a great loaf of bread! Well done! I'll have to give it a try and look up Emma Christensen whom I don't know anything about. Thanks for posting!

preppymcprepperson's picture

Thanks for the kind words. Christensen is a food blogger/columnist who has written for a number of places over the years and while not an artisanal baker, her recipes are always reliable for this kind of simple thing.

naturaleigh's picture

Looks like a nice loaf of bread, and sounds like it is tasty!  Well done!

preppymcprepperson's picture
preppymcprepperson is tasty! This kind of soft sweet sandwich loaf is not my preference (I prefer more rustic and long-fermented things) so he's really the "customer" here, and the customer is satisfied!