Homemade Wheat Bread

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Bread is one of the staple foods at all & is made mainly from flour, water & a leavening (for example yeast). In Germany there are countless bread variations, which also differ regionally.

Today I’ll show you how to bake a delicious wheat bread with rye poolish at home. Have fun baking!




Cooked/Baked today: Homemade Wheat Bread
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 24 hours
Category: Baking Recipes, Bread Recipes
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Homemade Wheat Bread

Homemade Wheat Bread

Ingredients for 1 bread:

…for the poolish:

  • 125 milliliters water
  • 100 grams rye flour
  • 2 grams fresh yeast

…for the bread dough:

  • 400 grams flour
  • 150 milliliters water
  • 25 grams soft butter
  • ¼ cube of fresh yeast (about 10 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Additional flour for the countertop

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • High container for the poolish
  • Cling film
  • High container for the yeast-water mixture
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer/Kitchen machine
  • Kitchen towel
  • Baking paper
  • Large baking dish with lid

Instructions:




…for the poolish:

In a high container mix 2 grams fresh yeast with 125 milliliters water, next add 100 grams rye flour & stir together until smooth. Cover the poolish with a lid or cling film & set aside over night.

…for the bread dough:

Crumble ¼ cube fresh yeast into a high container, also add 150 milliliters lukewarm water & stir together with a whisk or fork until yeast has completely dissolved.

Preparing Dough

Preparing Dough

Next, in a mixing bowl combine yeast-water mixture along with the poolish, 400 grams flour, 25 grams soft butter & a teaspoon salt & knead with a kitchen machine or mixer with dough hook for about 4 – 5 minutes until a smooth dough.




Then give the dough a ball shape with your hands, lay it back to the mixing bowl & allow to rest covered with a kitchen towel for about 1 hour in a warm place.

…for the bread:

After 1 hour thoroughly knead the dough again on a slightly floured countertop & form an oval shaped bread. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, place the bread centrally into the dish & dust the whole bread with some flour on top. Cover the baking dish with a lid & allow to rest for another 45 – 60 minutes in a warm place.

Baking Bread

Baking Bread

Preheat the oven to 250°C (top/bottom heat) in time. After about 45 minutes use a sharp knife to carve into the bread 3 – 4 times & about 1 centimeter deep. Next, bake the bread with the lid closed for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven.




Get the bread out of the oven after 30 minutes, remove the lid & bake for another 5 – 6 minutes until done, but keep an eye on not to bake it too dark. Then get the done bread out of the oven, allow to cool & serve still warm. I wish you lots of fun baking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

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