Sunday, March 08, 2009

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread

I've been meaning to post about this bread for quite a while. I make it all the time but I just never got around to taking any pictures. I had been reading a lot about the benefits of soaking and had applied soaking (with acid) techniques to all of the beans that I cook - including the soy beans that I use for my soy milk. Then I ran across this article about soaking grains for bread at Passionate Homemaking. I adapted the recipe for use in my bread machine (because I'm lazy - or busy...)

I let the dough 'soak' overnight right in my bread machine - this is what it looks like before the addition of yeast - salt - or gluten...

I cover it with oiled parchment paper to keep it from drying out...

It's really good bread - try it now!

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread Machine Bread

1 1/8 cups water
3 T. coconut oil, Earth Balance (melted) or olive oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
3 cups whole wheat flour or combination
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 heaping Tablespoon flax seeds

Add these 3 ingredients below last after soaking:

SCANT 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 teaspoon Salt

Soak the Grains

Combine the first Six ingredients, cover and soak for 12-24 hours: I do this right in the Bread Machine - I put everything in to soak and let it run through the first cycle - then I turn it off and let it sit overnight - add the remaining ingredients and turn the machine back on - in 3 hours you'll have the best wheat bread you ever tasted.


  1. hey, that does look yummy....toasted with, k

  2. Your bread looks delicous. Have you seen the 5 minutes artisan bread book? I got it last week and we have had fantastic bread everynight with no work!

  3. Another must try! :)

  4. This bread was wonderful, I made it last night. This was my first soaked wheat bread, my family loved it. I didn't have any agve so I used raw honey instead.
    God Bless, Amie

  5. Thanks Amie,

    I'm so glad you liked it...

  6. i tried this but mixing it up the next day was HARD on my machine and it didnt seem to rise much at all. did i do something wrong?

  7. Hi Lisa,

    I'm sorry you had a problem with the bread. You could try adding a little more water - or try stirring the dough around a little bit by hand to make it a little easier on the machine. For the rising you could try adding a little more yeast. I hope this helps.



  8. Hi
    I just found this recipe I hope u can still answer my question.
    I'm a bit confused.

    In the ingredients list there is 1Tbsp.of flax seed is that whole or ground?
    Also You said
    Add Last after soaking:

    Then you said
    Combine the first Six ingredients, cover and soak.
    The first 6 ingredients include the flax seed.
    Hope u can clarify this for me

    Thanks Marisa

    1. Hi Marisa,'s nice to 'meet' you...and thanks for stopping by Affectioknit... do include the flax seed with the first 6 ingredients and let that soak...and then after the soaking you add the last three ingredients...I've edited the post so that it's (hopefully) a little bit less confusing...

      ~Have a lovely day!