The recipe for a 20% wholemeal flour loaf. There are recipes for other ratios of wholemeal flour in our breadmaker section.

This is the breadmaker recipe we make the most. Although there is only 20% wholemeal flour, which does not seem much, the resulting loaf has that nutty wholemeal flavour without the indigestible quality of higher ratio wholemeal bread. It also keeps reasonably well and makes great toast once it is passed its best as fresh bread.

I've found that with all brown or wholemeal flour bread recipes, half a vitamin C tablet (ascorbic acid) crushed between two tablespoons (about 100 mg) and added to the flour, seems to prevent a heavy, poorly risen loaf. It has an effect on Glutathione (WIkipedia) which has an affect on the the elasticity of the dough.

This recipe is suitable for a standard breadmaker, specifically the Panasonic SD253 and similar models.

It will almost certainly work for most breadmakers and is worth trying if you have lost your instruction book!

The timer may be used for this recipe.

Large loaf

Wholemeal loaf (20%)
Servings:Servings: 10 - Makes 1 large loaf
Calories per serving:205
Ready in:5 hours
Prep. time:4 hours
Cook time:1 hour
Recipe author:Chef
First published:19th January 2014

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Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe


  1. Place the ingredients in your breadmaker in the order shown
  2. Select wholewheat Bake program (5 hours), for the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 automatic breadmaker this is menu option 04.
  3. Select Large Loaf size
  4. Rise and bake (5 hour cycle)

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