Faster No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

For a softer loaf, use less whole wheat and more bread flour as long as it totals 3 cups. (For the overnight method, use 1/4 tsp. yeast, switch to COOL water and let the dough rest overnight on the counter top for 8 to 24 hours). ALWAYS AERATE (not sift) YOUR FLOUR BEFORE MEASURING! - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Makes: One loaf

Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water (up to 130° F)
  • (about 2 Tablespoons extra flour for shaping)

Instructions:

  1. Combine flours, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Stir in water until it’s well combined.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours.
  3. After 3 hours, place dough on a well-floured surface and sprinkle with a little flour. Using a scraper fold dough over 10-12 times & shape into a rough ball.
  4. Place in a parchment paper-lined bowl (not wax paper) and cover with a towel. Let stand on counter top for 35 minutes.
  5. Meantime place a 3 to 6-quart Dutch oven with lid in a cold oven and preheat to 450° F. My oven takes 35 minutes to reach 450°.
  6. After 35 minutes, carefully, using oven gloves, lift the parchment paper and dough from the bowl and place gently into the hot pot. (parchment paper goes in the pot too) Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove lid and parchment paper. Return, uncovered, to oven and bake 10 more minutes.

87 Comments on "Whole Wheat No Knead Bread"

  1. Carl M.

    I’ve made this bread twice now and absolutely love it. So easy. So delicious. I’ve also been making sourdough, but yikes it’s so much more complicated- and honestly not that much better than this truly fantastic loaf. Thank you Jenny!!!!

    • Lalea

      I have been working with sourdough since the pandemic shutdown. My starter is good, but it takes so long to make the bread. So, I make several of Jenny’s recipes and I pour all of my discard starter into a measuring cup, I then add up to the correct amount of water. So the starter is a substitute for some of the water. It adds the sourish taste and provides a little more lift to the yeast. Give it a try.

  2. Jacqueline Nigri

    Hello Jenny,
    Love your recipes and looking forward to try this one soon.
    I do not have bread flour, may I replace with regular flour?
    Thank you so much!
    Jackie

    • Jill Peled

      Great bread! Can’t wait to try more! I didn’t have bread flour and substituted unbleached white; I don’t know what difference it would have made, but we thought it turned out well.

  3. TriciaTK

    I made this yesterday and it turned out absolutely perfect! My son said it’s the best bread I’ve made so far. I’m surprised by how many people add sugar to this to cut the wheat taste. I love it, but I guess that’s acquired… This is one I will definitely make again. Thank you!

  4. Keiko

    I measured 3 cups of bread flour precisely using a scale (360g) and mixed with 1 1/2 cups of hot (not boiling) water following the recipe exactly. I tried twice and both times it was it so dry I could hardly mix the flour and water. What did I do wrong?

  5. T ferr

    For each Cup of Wheat Flour replace 1TBL of water with
    1 TBL of Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate to reduce/eliminate the wheat taste. I personally enjoy the wheat taste and less sugar.
    So for this recipe try using 2 TBL to start Allow to defrost or mix with in water
    Hope this helps, T

  6. KELLY HARRINGTON

    Love your recipes Jenny! Wondering why this recipe calls for 1 tsp of yeast and your other bread recipes only 1/4?

    • Donna C Champagne OKeefe

      You probably need more yeast because the whole wheat is heavier than the white flour and will require more yeast to rise.

    • LisaLightning

      Oh it’s because the overnight rising breads use a quarter teaspoon and the faster four hour rising breads use 1 teaspoon. Read the notes above, she says for the overnight rising version to use 1/4 teaspoon yeast.

  7. Kate

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have made the following adjustments which I highly suggest.

    1) Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar {Gets rid of the bitter taste that whole wheat flour sometimes imparts.

    2)After 30 minutes, get rid of the parchment and the pot altogether! Place the “naked loaf” back in the oven directly on the rack. {This renders a bottom crust that is not tough.

  8. Steve007

    Jenny I have been baking your recipe for a long time now and I wanted to tell you of an improvement I made in the process I think. I was getting a bit of a thick and darker bottom on my bread so Lodge makes a trivit it has some little nubs on the bottom to raise it up. I put it in the bottom of the pot and it raises the bread off the bottom maybe 1/4 inch so the bread is not touching the bottom of the pot. Works great for me. Love your bread recipes.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      This is great to know, thank you for sharing.

  9. DW

    Getting ready to do this! Can I add dried cranberries to the dough?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Please see my other variations on what I’ve added.

  10. Bob

    For this faster method WW bread, does the yeast have to be Instant? Thanks!

  11. Teresa

    I was wondering how come you use 1 teaspoon of yeast with the whole wheat bread but only 1/4 teaspoon on the regular bread? Was that an error?

  12. Kathleen Bolanowski

    Hi Jenny, your bread recipes are really fantastic! You have brought me back to my roots, my mom baked bread every week growing up. It was always a lot of work to make bread but you have made it so easy!! Now when I make your recipes it reminds me of my mom! Thank you!!
    P.S. I used to be a police officer years ago in the village you lived in, in the Chicago suburbs. You were very nice to us there! I left in 1999 and I’ve been a nurse ever since. You have helped me relax an get my mind off of work, I needed that!!
    Thank you!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I’m glad to help in my small way but you – two careers in the service of others? You have my admiration and respect.❤️

  13. Tanny

    Oops…I wish I had found this recipe before using my white whole wheat flour. I followed the “traditional” bread recipe with this flour. It is currently cooling but I suspect it will be fairly dense (kind of like the baker!!)
    Luckily, I will try again another day.
    Thanks for being you, Jenny!
    Staying at home in MN (when I am not at work as a hospital pharmacist)

    • Helen from Pittsburgh

      Hey Tanny …you have company…I did EXACTLY the same thing also using the white wheat flour. I realized my error during the 3 hour “resting”, but decided to bake it anyway…was pretty good…😀

      • sarah

        haha….me too!! I feel like a dummy now that I see there is a whole wheat version!! Oh well….try try again and we’ll get it right!

    • Shannon

      Try this one if you don’t have whole wheat flour. I have made it a few times and love it

  14. NancyM

    Thank you so much, such a great help now these days.

  15. Jarmila

    Baking 3rd bread today! Jenny’s is the BEST. Thank you very much. Jenny is the most fantastic 👩‍🍳. Love ❤️ J.

  16. Champica

    Can I use milk instead of water, as I have lot of milk .

  17. Babs

    Jenny Jenny Jenny….
    Not long ago i found you on youtube…on jenny can cook. While watching you, something was bothering me…and i wasn’t sure why…then it came to me…why was your voice SO FAMILIAR TO ME.
    I’m a very proud Canadian and after doing a lil research, the dots connected.
    I had no idea you were the Jenny Jones i watched on TV, all those years ago.
    Thank you for all that you do.
    PS. Good to know I’m not nuts after all.
    All the Best, from Canada…the best place on Earth.

    • LisaLightning

      No way, this is Jenny Jones from my younger television days? How cool is that!?

  18. Jackie

    Newby here, sorry for the question but is the Dutch oven ceramic or cast iron? I am trying to figure out which one to buy.

    Thank you!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Enameled cast iron is good and I think Kohls has the Food Network brand, 5-quart, oven safe up to 500°F for around $60.

      • Carolyn

        I used a pot with lid heavy ceramic. I don’t know if it was sealed tightly, is that a requirement. The bread was a little undercooked on the bottom and quite dense heavy and somewhat tough. Followed your directions exactly, I’m wondering if the pot is wrong. Wish I could send a photo.

      • ScottyGS

        Hi: I too did not have a dutch oven –but have so many other pots and pans (including corningware with lids I didn’t previously know would work). BUT I looked online and found one similar to Jenny’s at JCPenny (JCP dot com) for only $52. Theirs and Kohls are at least half the cost of the average dutch oven which costs around $125 up to $200+. Mine came in a few nice colours but I chose the white with white interior for ease of cleaning AND it has the metal knob and ridges on the inside of the lid. If you’re using it for baking bread, you don’t need to pay the outrageously high prices. These are lovely dutch ovens, heavy and beautifully packed. You do need to pre-season them (any black edges are rubbed with oil and heated in the oven, allowed to cool down before using for baking.)

  19. Angeli

    So, to the issue of taste, I added 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and it makes a difference for any Whole Wheat bread. Don’t have Brown Sugar then honey is great too, you just need to dissolve in the water.

    • Regina Murch

      Replace a little of the water with orange juice. It takes away that bitter taste that some of us get.

  20. K*Bake

    This recipe is easy to follow and produces a nice loaf. I had to add about 2 TB more water because it was too dry. The texture of the bread is decent but it is lacking in flavour, in my opinion.

    • RG

      You can add 1 to 2 cups grated cheddar cheese.
      You can add garlic powder or onion powder.
      You can add more salt.
      I put “Everything Bagel” seasoning on the top just before baking.
      Add sesame seeds on the top just before baking.
      You can add chopped olives in it.
      You can add . . . . BE CREATIVE!

  21. Maureen

    Jenny can you provide high altitude adjustments to this recipe? I live at 5,000 above sea level. Thanks, Maureen

    • Kaye

      I also live above 5000 feet, an altitude adjustment would be very helpful

  22. Sandy Simmons

    It’s so wonderful to see you….like a friend I’ve missed but lost contact with. The recipe is wonderful and the bread is fantastic!!! I use a clay chicken cooker and it’s perfect. I tried using a white casserole-type container with a lid. The bottom was too dark…then, magically, the next day it was great!!! I’ll stick with the clay cooker and whatever you say to do. Thank you soooooooo much. XOXOXO
    Sandy
    (I’m a man, by the way, but I play a woman on television….. Hahahaha!!!!!)

  23. DrLaura

    I don’t have a dutch oven
    not sure how to do… my husband loves homemade bread
    was using a bread machine, which broke

    ideas?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Please see the FAQs.

    • Joe M

      I had the same problem so I used my 2 1/2 quart Corningware casserole dish. Worked perfectly.

    • Sandy Simmons

      Look at the Frequently Asked Questions. Just touch the three lines on the top right side of the page. I use a clay cooker and it’s perfect!!! Good luck.😃😃😃

  24. Coke

    Hi Jenny,
    I was informed by my daughter that there was a video on how to bake a no kneed bread. I watched the video and decided to try it. To ,my amazement it came out beautiful just like yours and it was very tasty. I now have made the bread several times and I must admit it is very easy to make . So much so that I have tried to add flavor with garlic and rosemary leaves and the results were just as good with the final bake. I wish I had this recipe sooner as I am 92 yrs old and would have loved to have had it when I was younger as I have enjoyed the bread so much that I have passed this recipe to others who also have given it a thumbs up.
    Thank you again Jenny and keep baking

  25. Barbara W

    I just made this recipe for the first time. I used straight spelt flour as I am allergic to wheat. I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I will no longer have to spend $10 for a loaf of specialized bread! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Barbara W

      Just FYI, I did have to add 4-5 extra tablespoons of water as the spelt flour has a drier consistency, but that alleviated any issues and it turned out beautifully!

    • RG

      If you are also allergic to gluten, FYI spelt flour has gluten in it.

  26. Petra R

    I’m so bummed. I watched your video and thought when you said wheat flour can be used, it was the same recipe… just change the flour.
    When I added the water it was still dry in spots, not blending well, so I added more water.
    As I was scrolling through the comments to see if anyone else had to add more water, I see it’s not the same recipe. More yeast is required.
    I added more yeast to the already mixed dough…tried to mix it in good… we’ll see. On the counter now

    • Em

      Me too. I had to add extra water. Also I think this needs sweetener of some sort, the first loaf I tried just tasted like flour and water. I like the idea of this recipe but have to keep tweaking it to make it work.

  27. Jane B

    Is whole wheat bread flour and whole wheat all purpose flour the same? What is difference if any for baking bread?

    • Jennifer

      There is a difference between bread flour and ap or regular flour. I can’t remember what the difference is, but it deals with the texture. A bread made with regular flour is going to make a denser loaf than one made with regular flour. I used to do a lot of bread machine loaves and the bread flour was always recommended. You could probably use regular flour, but the texture will be different.

      • Debra Ann Naturalist3

        Bread flour has a lot more vital gluten which increases the protein content & also tends to help with rising especially when combined with whole wheat flour.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      This information in my FAQs might be helpful: https://www.jennycancook.com/flour-basics/

  28. Teresa Caldwell

    I would not mind my questions published at all. I love your videos and my granddaughters as well as I and my coworkers love your Artisan Bread.

  29. Diane

    Jenny I love watching u. I watched u years ago on tv with your cooking show it was great. You r so funny and great cook. I am used to cooking for a family of six and my job during my high school years was to make the bread like 12 loaves at a time. My question your bread is easy and delicious but how can I make say 4 loaves at a time now everyone has married and moved but would like to make some for me and give some away. Could u just double the recipe cause I no some recipes u can’t. Thanks Jenny, Diane

    • G’G’ma2202

      Love your enthusiasm! I’ll try a loaf today because I want that crunchy crust!

  30. Mike I

    I am making this bread for the first time. Can I add honey to it? If so, how much should I use and when should I put it in the dough?
    Thank you

  31. Tegan

    Rather than fluff the flour each time, I’ve weighed it. Whole wheat weighs 4 ounces, and all purpose white weighs 4 1/4 ounces.

    Using a kitchen scales speeds the process considerably.

  32. Roberta

    I have been enjoying your recipes for the white and whole wheat breads. My entire family loves both the breads!! I made over a dozen loaves at Christmas and gave to family and friends with my homemade butter!! I also enjoy your YouTube videos as well. Thank you for sharing!!

  33. Syviec

    Hi Jenny,
    I just finished a nice piece of generously buttered toasted artisan bread (Your clever recipe) with my morning coffee…so good….and thank you. I enjoy your YouTube videos too….you are very funny!

    • Sandy Simmons

      She’s the best in the world…universe…no….final answer: Galaxy!!!!!!! 😃😃😃

  34. arbe

    Hi Jenny, i have never baked anything before finding your site – now I am actually baking such wonder bread! Thanks for sharing.

    Question; for the no knead bread recipes that use hot water, would using hot milk instead of hot water work satisfactorily?

    Thanks again,

    Arbe

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I’m not sure but I think the sugar in the milk might cause the bread to burn. You could google no knead bread made with milk and see if anyone has done it.

  35. E.

    Can this recipe be doubled to make a bigger loaf? I LOVE your bread recipes Jenny, this whole wheat recipe is especially tastey & so very easy, but would like to have a bigger loaf.

    • E.

      Nevermind, pays to read, found answer on the NK white bread

  36. Marty 39

    JENNY,I have a question.My granddaughter has to be on a gluten free diet,I was wondering if you have recipes for gluten free bread.The bread they sell in stores are very expensive.I hope to hear from you soon.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Sorry, I do not have any gluten free breads.

    • Katrina

      She now has a few links for recipes using flour alternatives, see her blog

  37. D. "Lynn" Carmichael (Ms.)

    Just made this, with a few changes; it worked well. Did the flour in thirds: ap, white ww & spelt. Plus three tsp glutin ‘flour’ to bump things up like bread flour.
    I use a stainless steel Dutch-oven-style pot, with a piece of foil secured under the lid and crimped around the edge. Other than occasional bread baking, absolutely no need, no pun intended, for even a small Dutch oven in a solo household — and my 3- quart stainless does the job beautifully.
    After 30 minutes, bread removed from hot pot and placed ‘naked’ on oven rack for the last 10 minutes; this produces a completely even color and doneness.
    *Note on parchment paper: Couldn’t find dependable Reynolds. Gave Safeway’s Signature brand a try — the only one they carry. Package info says: Non-Stick, “Compare With Reynolds” … It’s not bad, and is Definitely Non-Stick.

  38. jim

    Jenny, thank you for sharing your recipes, the bread is great!

  39. Meir

    In the regular flour bread video on youtube, you emphasized “only a quarter teaspoon of yeast”! Here, for the whole wheat version, you call for a full teaspoon. Those are both correct, are they?

    • Jenny

      Both are correct. The faster versions use more yeast.

      • La Nette

        Good Morning Jenny!! I made my first every loaf of your bread last night, and I am 52, and Yeah! it was peprfect. I would like to make it with wheat flour but have a question how or were do you add extras? I would like grains, oats, and any other ideas, and the real big one is honey. Can you help. Thank you

        • Jenny Can Cook

          Please see my other variations. (I have never used honey)

        • Ida

          La Nette, wondering what you may have discovered about making a honey wheat version of this bread? I’ve been experimenting on my own, including adding wheat berries, but the sweeter flavor I am looking for, combined with crustiness, is just not there…

  40. Kim

    I don’t have parchment paper. What’s it used for? can I use Pam Spray?

    • Carol

      No, must be parchment the Pam spray leaves a bad taste.
      The parchment works very very well.

  41. Dede

    Not sure if you got my previous question. I just purchased a new enameled cast iron dutch oven. According to the directions it is only rated to 400 degrees in the oven. Can I still use it or should I return it and get one that is rated higher??

    Thanks!

    • ChrisH

      Hi DeDe,
      It might be best to contact the company that made your dutch oven to see if it can safely withstand heat above the recommended safe temperature, even 25 degrees..
      We made the mistake of using our new one at a higher temperature for this and other bread recipes. And, after numerous times, the enamel buckled and peeled away. We had to throw it out. Definitely, an expensive mistake,
      I think there are alot of brands that can tolerate higher cooking and baking temperatures, just not the one we purchased.
      We have a cast iron dutch oven that can be used at very high heat but as with other dark pots or dark baking pans it doesn’t do as well because it browns quickly. From now on, when making a recipe such as this, I’ll likely use a baking stone, parchment and a stainless steel bowl to cover the dough when baked.
      Good luck!

  42. L. Daniel

    I love your recipes. Please keep posting them. Love watching you on You Tube also.

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