Soaked 100% Whole Wheat Bread for Breadmaker/Bread Machine

100& whole wheat soaked breadmaker bread recipe

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Soaked 100% Whole Wheat Bread for Breadmaker/Bread Machine
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 1½ lb loaf
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • 1 Tbs + 1 tsp olive oil or melted butter
  • 3 Tbs honey
  • 2 heaping Tbs yogurt or whey (or apple cider vinegar or lemon juice or cultured buttermilk)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour plus ¼ c, divided
  • 1¾ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt
  1. Mix by hand the water, oil/butter, honey, yogurt, and 3 cups flour. You can do it right in the bread machine bucket/pan.
  2. Carefully make a mound of ¼ cup whole wheat flour on top of the wet ingredients. Make a well in the middle and add yeast and salt. The idea is not to let the yeast touch the wet ingredients. The salt will inhibit the breakdown of the phytates and enzyme inhibitors, so you want that mixed in last too.
  3. Soak overnight or longer at room temperature, then start the bread machine using the whole wheat cycle. If your machine has a delay timer, this is an easy soak and can be ready in the morning for breakfast.

I’m not going to lie here — this is still breadmaker bread…it’s yummy toasted with honey though. I had an awful time finding a soaked recipe online though, so I made my own. I just don’t have the time to make REAL bread in the oven!

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77 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. says

    OK. I love using my bread machine, but am new to the world of using soaked flour. I need a bit of clarity. Do you mix all the ingredients and then put them in the bread machine? Top with 1/4 cup flour, yeast and salt and then leave it overnight (in the bread machine)? Is it 3 c flour + 1/4 c. And what setting do you use on your machine. I apologize for my ignorance. This is a whole new world for me, but I am loving learning.

    BTW, you have some great info here. Thanks for freely sharing what you have learned.


  2. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m trying to be better about soaking our flours and oats and such, but am still learning how to meal-plan ahead! I love my bread machine and this will be even better for us.

  3. Liz says

    I made this bread and all I can say is WOW! Not only is this my first soaked bread recipe, but it’s the best loaf of 100% whole wheat I’ve ever made. I started the soaking yesterday morning, set my delay timer on my breadmaker before going to bed, awoke briefly at 3 a.m. to the sound of the breadmaker kneading my dough and then woke up at 6:15 to the smell of freshly baked bread. I was giddy with excitment as I sliced it and slathered that first slice with butter. Thank you for this great recipe.

  4. says

    Thanks, I think I will adapt my own recipe as you have…. I have been wanting to do a soaked bread with my bread machine, I have been making bread with it for the past 15 years and am glad to up the ante with soaked grain bread.

  5. Mrs. Cote says

    Hi! I’m a new reader here through Nourishing Traditions. I was so excited to find this recipe as I have been looking for a soaked, bread maker recipe for such a long time. It’s really the only way I have time to make bread.

    I tried this recipe last night in my Breadman Pro breadmaker and unfortunately mine fell in the middle. I used King Arthur white whole wheat flour, home cultured buttermilk for the acidic medium, and ran it on the whole wheat cycle set with the timer. I’m sure anything from my maker to my changes could have caused it to fall in so my only tweak for my own use would be to reduce the yeast to perhaps 1 1/2 tsp.

    That said, the smell this morning was heavenly and I could just barely wait for it to cool enough for cutting. It tasted as good as it smelled and was not at all heavy tasting, more melt in your mouth good. I can’t wait for my finicky, white bread loving hubby to try it!

    • Katie says

      Mrs. Cote,
      Welcome! Glad to have you, and I’m glad you’re sticking around after a concave load of bread. 😉 Mine only fell in the middle badly the time I forgot to push the “whole wheat” button. It really needs that extra rise time! I hope your tweak works for next time!
      :) Katie

    • Anne Marie says

      Mrs. Cote,

      I use the same flour. When your bread is concave it means that you added to much water. I’d suggest reducing the water a little or adding another 1/4 cup of flour (bread) when you mix it up.

      I made this same recipe and added an additional 1/4 cup bread flour because the dough was too wet for my machine to mix and I did it on the Basic (3 hour) cycle. Worked great!

      FYI- weather and location play a key. If you live in a humid environment or a dry environment. I know that in the summer I use less water in bread baking and more in the winter when the heater/fireplace is on 24-7.

      Hope this helps. If you need more, contact King Arthur Flours. Their bakers hotline rocks!

  6. Lisa says

    I’m going to try this as my first soaked bread experiment (baby steps don’t ya know). So I’m thrilled that you have done some experimenting for all of us, Katie. My breadmaker has small (1 Lb), medium (1.5 Lb) and large (2Lb) settings. Looks like the typical Medium loaf uses 3 cups of flour but I’m wondering if the “soaking” doesn’t effectively increase the 3 1/4 cups flour to 4 cups which would make a large loaf (2 Lb). Does anyone have any advice, thoughts, educated guesses, opinions: is this recipe making a 1.5 Lb (Medium) or 2 Lb loaf of bread?


    • Katie says

      My breadmaker has 3 sizes, too, but I lent it out with the instructions! Whoops. :( I’m pretty sure I made the medium-sized loaf for this, like you said. Remember the ingredients aren’t going to change just because it’s soaked – the flour and water are the same amounts, just mixed together at a different time. Does that help? Does your breadmaker make you choose which size in order to run properly? I hope you get it to work out great!
      :) Katie

  7. Rachael says

    Hi! I am new to bread maker baking, and every time I attempt a soaked grain loaf it falls (big time!) in the middle. Any suggestions? I do have the Oster breadmaker, and I’ve read some bad reviews about ANY bread falling in the middle… so maybe it’s the breadmaker and I should return it for a different brand?

    Thanks so much

    • Katie says

      Are you using the whole wheat setting? The one time I had a caved-in loaf, I accidentally left it on regular bread setting and it didn’t have a long enough rise time. You could try allowing your breadmaker to knead the bread only, and then take over manually from there (rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours, then put in pans and rise until it crests the pan). Then you would know if it’s the way you’re mixing up the recipe or your machine. Passionate Homemaking has a winner of a soaked bread recipe, but I don’t think it’s breadmaker. Good luck!
      :) Katie

    • says

      I have an oster bread maker also, and the times I have done soaked whole wheat bread I had to reduce the moisture a bit in the bread to keep it from caving and I also reduced the yeast.
      I have used this brand of breadmaker with great results for 14 years. Just adjust your recipe. It will work out…. only do one adjustment at a time though. To see which one really works.

      Good luck.

  8. Beth says

    Boo! My bread is sinking :( I’ll have to try some of the tips in the comments. It is on Whole Wheat. I read the manual and didn’t see any special instructions or settings for the smaller loaf. It smells wonderful, though. Hoping it won’t be too sour b/c I had to use lemon juice for the soaking and not whey.

    • Katie says

      I hope you figure it out! I’ve found I use my breadmaker a ton more by making it mix and knead my bread, and then I put it in a regular pan in the oven. Better results that way, generally! :) katie

      • mindy says

        How exactly do you do that? Do you use the dough setting in that case? Or still the whole wheat setting, just removing the dough before the baking begins?? And how long and at what temp would you bake it?? I adore the dough setting recipes in my machine’s recipe book (but am not so crazy about the ones that bake in the machine), so I feel like I’d like this bread better in the oven too! Thx!

    • Katie says

      Exactly. The flour is to protect the yeast from the moist dough while soaking overnight so that you can set the bread machine timer to make the bread for you. If you’re not using a time, you could just add the yeast and salt whenever you turn the machine on.
      :) Katie

  9. Joyce says

    Hi, I’ve tried the recipe, and I’ve had to add up to 3/4 cups of flour in the kneading cycle to get the bread dough to the correct consistency
    ; it was wet and drippy. So, next time, I am going to reduce the water to a cup and try mixing the ingredients in my food processor instead of by hand. However, it was still really delicious!

    For all of you who have bread that is rising and caving in in the middle, there is probably not enough gluten in your flour to “support” it after the yeast causes it to rise, so it collapses. First, try reducing the amount of yeast by 1/4 tsp.

    Next, try adding 1 1/2 tsps. of Vital Wheat Gluten per each cup of whole wheat flour. You can buy it any health food store and most large grocery stores. The brand I have is by Arrowhead Mills. The additional wheat gluten makes a huge difference in the quality of the bread. (I assume if all of you are eating bread, then you are not allergic to gluten.)

    I also highly, highly recommend the book “Smart Bread Machine Recipes, Healthy, Whole Grain & Delicious” by Sandra L Woodruff. She has many other fabulous tips on how to make the best possible whole grain breads. I believe the book is out of print, but you can get it on Amazon.

    Katie, thanks sooooo much for sharing this recipe; you’ve really paved the way for the rest of us to make great soaked flour bread in our bread machines!

    • Katie says

      You definitely know much more than I about bread baking! What incredibly helpful tips, thank you so much!
      :) Katie

  10. Joyce says

    Hi Katie,

    I made soaked flour bread again yesterday in my breadmaker, however, this time I used my breadmaker’s WW Bread recipe to see what would happen. I followed your “Formula” of separating out the salt and yeast until last, separating it from the wet dough by 1/4 of dry flour. It worked great!

    I wondered about evaporation of water from the dough during the overnight soaking, so I watched the dough very carefully while it was being kneaded. I ended up adding one extra tsp. of water (not much at all!) as the dough was a tad dry.

    When making bread, you should always look at your dough during the kneading process; if it is a little gooey or sticky add 1 TBSP of flour at a time until it no longer sticks to the side of the pan. It should form a nice, glossy ball. On the flip side, if your ball of dough is too dry it will have a dull, dry look, not glossy. In this case, add water 1 TBSP.of water at time to the dough until it has glossy shine. (The amount of moisture in your flour depends on the temperature and humidity in the ambient air as well as the age of the flour.)

    So, to recap, take your own breadmaker’s tried and true recipe and follow Katie’s formula of mixing all ingredients (except for 1/4 cup of the flour and the salt and yeast, which are made into a mound on the top of the wet ingredients) and go for for it!

  11. Rakefet says

    I’d like to start off by writing you that this is one of my favorite blogs, and I’ve been taking mini Monday missions you offer and changing my life for better, thanks to your help :)
    Keep up the amazing work.
    About the bread, I have a question-
    I heard that it’s not good to cook/bake/heat honey and olive oil.
    for example:
    Is this true? Because in your bread recipe you heat them both…
    I’d love to get a response, thanks :)

    • Katie says

      If you bake with raw honey, it will no longer be raw, so you’ll lose those benefits. But it’s still better than white sugar and you can’t change the sugar structure just by baking. If your raw honey is more expensive, you might buy cheaper honey for baking. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything like that website you linked. ?? If you’re worried, about it, you can always use sugar or molasses or something.

      As for olive oil, the internal temp of your bread probably only gets up to 170 or so, not even over 200. The smoke point of extra virgin olive oil is well over 300F, so you’ll be just fine.

      Great question!
      :) Katie

  12. says

    This is an awesome recipe!! So happy to have found a soaked-grain bread maker recipe that’s just so delicious! This made the softest loaf of bread I’ve made yet. It over-rose a little bit with the wheat gluten flour so I’ll try adding less this time. Thanks so much!

  13. Merina says

    I just stumbled across this recipe this morning. I also have been making soaked whole wheat bread in the bread maker by adapting a regular recipe. Mine is dairy free (cononut oil and water kefir) and I let the machine mix it the night before, unplug it, and then add the salt and yeast the next morning and restart the machine.
    Also, I discovered the trick to keeping the crust soft is to brush it with coconut oil (or butter) immediately after removing it from the pan.
    I’m not sure how you are choosing trial recipes for your current best bread search, but I’d be happy to share if you are interested.

  14. Kim says

    Hi…. I’ve been grinding my own hard wheat and making my own bread. I’ve tried kneading it on my own and using my Oster breadmaker. The breadmaker works GREAT! So, I’ve been sticking with that. Now its time for me to move on and learn to soak my flour. Heres my “problem” I mixed my 3c. flour with the amout of water and Braggs apple cider vinegar. It was SOOOOOO dry. I then added the honey and olive oil that didnt help. I put all the ingredients in my bread machine to have it mix it for me, as it was so dry I was getting no where. Well, when it was done, it was a beautiful round doughball. All the pictures I’ve seen of soaked flour have been this pudding like wet mess. I dont understand this because you would then have to add so much flour to get it firmed up. So, I went with it just to see what would happen. I took the breadpan out of the bread machine and put it in the oven, covered it with foil and turned on the oven light. Left it there overnight. In the morning, I just added the yeast, salt and some dough enhancer and let it run. It was still dry, so I added some water. Well, my finished product didnt rise well at all and was pretty dense. So, what am I doing wrong? I live where the altitude it 4500 feet. I dont know if this plays into it or not. Should I just soak half the flour? My bread machine recipe just calls for 3c. flour…. and thats all I used. Do I use 1 1/2 c. next time for soaking??? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.


    • Katie says

      First I should say I know nothing about altitude and baking…but with soaking, what the dough/batter looks like really depends on the recipe. For most breads, the soaked dough should look pretty much like the regular finished product. If you hold out some water to help incorporate the yeast, which might be wise for you since your dough didn’t rise, it will be even drier, just like you describe. I don’t even like trying to knead yeast into soaked dough if I don’t have a machine to do it for me! 😉

      My suggestion would be to try soaking all the flour, but hold out 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp honey and the yeast and salt. Mix those together and add to the machine when it’s time to get everything going again the next day, and see if your machine performs better. I did find once that the machine probably didn’t get the yeast incorporated, so the bread didn’t rise. The next time I helped the machine along by folding the dough/yeast inward a few times as it was going so it didn’t get stuck on top.

      Good luck!
      :) Katie

  15. KJ says

    I made rolls with this! Delicious! Stirred up the “soaking” ingredients in a bowl for overnight, then scraped it into my breadmaker in the a.m., added 1/2 cup+(it was a little too sticky) of whole wheat flour, the salt and yeast, set it on dough cycle. When it was done, I formed the dough into sandwich roll sizes and then let them rise for another hour on baking sheets. Baked at 350 for about 11 min’s. My kids told me they were REALLY good 😉

  16. Judy says

    Thank you so much! This is the best loaf of WW bread I’ve made and I’ve also been wanting to soak for the single loaf bread machine. I too mill my grains. Hoping to make cinnamon, cranberry and nut loaf next. I hope this recipe can handle the addition.

  17. says

    Tried this last night – my first soaked recipe! So super yummy!!! Messed up the time on my breadmaker since I rarely time anything so the bread was almost cool by the time we got up (and therefore the crust was super dark.) No big deal. The inside was soft and the loaf was scrumptious!! Definitely moving to the faves list! Thanks so much!!

    • Katie says

      Great! Most bread recipes are even better if you pull the dough and bake in the oven, I’ve found. I’m picky about that doggone crust… 😉 Katie

      • says

        I do prefer my bread baked in the oven, but living in a house without central heat and air prevents me from doing a lot of baking from mar-Sept. :( I was graciously gifted a Zo which does allow to have a nice soft crust. My new issue is forgetting to soak. Have you tried this recipe without soaking? It is so tasty but I am concerned that it may be the soaking that makes it so good. I have often in the last month forgotten (durn ADD) to soak at night. It is on my list of Nightly To Do-s but sometimes even my list gets forgotten!

        Thanks bunches and bunches!

        • Katie says

          This recipe is just the standard one from my breadmaker’s book, so I def. tried it first w/o soaking before adapting it. It should be fine that way! :) Katie

  18. Carol Clayton says

    I’m wondering if you can use whey for ALL the liquid, instead of just using 2 Tbs.? I make my own yogurt, then make bread with oatmeal soaked in 2 cups of whey (just started doing this). Is this the same as soaking the flour? I love my bread and wonder if I could make it even better if I soaked the flour too?

    • Katie says

      You should totally soak the flour, too – it may take some tweaking to figure out amounts, but the nutrition will definitely increase! I’ve found that if I use more than a Tbs of whey per cup water, I need to add more flour. If you do 100% whey, you might need 1/2 -1 extra cup of flour to compensate. Hope that works well for you! :) Katie

  19. Bonnie says

    Tasty, although it fell badly. My gut told me to add gluten or maybe some extra flour but I wanted to try it as-is the first time, since I’m new to soaking. Hopefully it’ll work better next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Gail Medaris says

    Hello, First of all thank you for the recipe! All of my family loves it! I have made if five or six times now and the center of my bread always collapses! Any idea why! I just made some with vital wheat gluten cause a friend said it might help but it still collapsed! Thanks

    • Sarah H says

      This recipe is very similar to my recipe, which has gluten. I’ve found it works better on the white cycle, with the gluten a whole wheat cycle rises too long. Also you can try reducing your yeast. Your breadmaker manual likely has a troubleshooting section that will help.

    • Katie says

      Pardon my long delay; I got behind on comments as I released my snacks ebook…

      I’m sure Sarah H is onto something – it’s a problem with the length of the rise in one way or the other. Honestly, I always pull my dough out of the breadmaker and bake in the oven because I like the crust better, anyway, so I’m more in charge of the proper rise that way.
      :) Katie

    • Katie says

      I haven’t dabbled in GF flours much, but there are some great grain-free recipes out there, for biscuits and crackers. Bread I haven’t seen quite so much…

  21. Kerwin T. says


    Have read several times:

    Have read this recipe & all posts several times.

    At , I read that for all Red Star yeasts, & on same site, for all SAF yeasts, used in a bread machine, liquids should be at 80 degrees.

    Of course, that temp. is to get the yeast to properly do what it is supposed to do.

    After all ingredients are added to bread pan, and it soaks over night/12 hours, the liquids will have cooled to less than 80 degrees(unless the room temp. was 80 degrees during soak period).

    How does the yeast do it’s thing then, when liquids have cooled to less than 80 degrees?

    Yes, I am a newbie to soaking, & somewhat of the same to bread making, and bread machines . . . lol . . .

    Many thanx!


    • Shauna says

      Just read your comment, hope this still applies. In a breadmaker, whether you have it on a timer or you start from the beginning in the morning, the machine usually warms for a few minutes, thus warming the liquids so the yeast can do it’s job.

      • Kerwin T. says

        You have to be right on the money . . . because . . .

        Have done this recipe about a dozen times after my post, in a twice-used second-hand Breadman TR-500 I picked up last fall for $20.

        I follow the recipe to the letter, except mix it by hand in a big bowl, then plop it in the Breadman.

        It has never failed, has always turned out what I think to be perfect.

        Thank you!

  22. Laura says

    I just want to say a big thank you for this recipe. With just a few simple modifications, this bread has replaced store bought for my family. I decreased the butter/oil to just one Tablespoon and added two Tablespoons of Flaxseed Meal and now this bread even works for sandwiches!
    It’s the perfect kind of recipe for my busy full time working but still trying to actually cook real food life. So simple to throw in the breadmaker the night before, set the timer and wake up to fresh bread in the morning. And simple but real food is what I need. It makes great breakfast toast and tasty sandwiches too for my husband, myself and two teenagers :)

  23. Kathryn says

    I just wanted to say that putting the last bit of flour to hold the yeast and salt is brilliant. One of those ideas where you think “Why didn’t I think of that?”.

  24. Kristen Kinman says

    Help! I’m trying this bread for the first time today, and I accidentally spilled a little yeast onto my four as I was adding it to the bread pan! What should I do?

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      2 days later is probably too late to help with advice here – hope it all worked out for you! I’m not sure what I would have done anyway….

      :) Katie

      • Kristen Kinman says

        Hi Katie.

        I tried making soaked bread in my bread machine 2-3 times a week for a month or so and unfortunately my results were incredibly inconsistent from one day to the next. I finally just went back to making my regular whole wheat bread just to keep frustration levels down. Have you had any trouble with consistency in soaked beads? This is the only one i have tried.

        • says

          That is a lot of attempts! I do find variance, but I am a sloppy measurer most times and switch up my ratio of water to whey so much…if you get an idea of what the dough feels like when it DOES work well, you should be able to add flour even right at the end to help get your loaves more consistent…I think? Sorry it wasn’t working for you! If you like the idea of soaked bread, you can adapt just about any recipe for soaking, if that helps.
          :) Katie

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      Thank you so much! That’s the second one you’ve caught, isn’t it? I have checked a few others and I don’t think they’re all broken, but how odd that these are! Fixed now.. :) Katie

  25. Steele says

    Why didn’t you add the nonfat dry powder mix that most bread machine recipes call for? (I’ve got mine soaking now, so excited!) My bread machine is older and doesn’t have a whole wheat setting but I have found the European setting adds an extra rise but still bakes the bread for the same amount of time as the basic bread

  26. Michelle says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It is excellent! The first time I made it, the loaf lasted all of 10 minutes. My family devoured it. I was literally sitting down to list my bread machine for sale because I hadn’t been able to make a soaked bread recipe work in it. Then I found your recipe. So one question for you, I just realized that all bread machine pans have a non-stick coating on it which is suppose to bad for you. What are your thoughts on that?

    • says

      I hear ya – the non-stick coating is really only supposed to be a problem if it’s scratched or overheated…so I don’t actually bake in the breadmaker and I am very careful not to use metal utensils. And then I have to just move past it and not worry too much…I’m so glad you liked the bread, yay! :) Katie

  27. Patricia says

    I soak dry bread when making my Hungarian meatballs. Is there an easier way to get the water out besides squeezing it? I have arthritis in my hands so its getting harder to squeeze it.

  28. Katie says

    I am so happy to help! I’ve learned a great deal from blogs out there and am excited to share. I searched and searched for a basic soaked bread machine recipe and couldn’t find one that wasn’t for a Bosch, so I made my own. I mix up the first list of 5 ingredients with a spoon right in my breadmaker pan. Yes, then you put an extra 1/4 cup of flour (to make 3 1/4 cups total) on top with a dent to keep the yeast from touching the wet mixture. I do it this way so I have the option of setting the time for fresh bread in the morning, so the pan is right in the machine. Since it should soak at least 12 hours, I try to start it the a.m. or afternoon before I want bread. My machine has a “whole wheat” setting, which I use. I forgot once and it defaulted to “basic”, which worked but made a big sinkhole in the bread! It looked goofy but didn’t taste too dense or anything. We just ate it with the hole!

    I should clarify that I’ve only ever tried this with plain yogurt for the “acidic medium”. For most soaking recipes, you can use all those other choices, but I’m not positive they won’t change the flavor of the bread.

    Good luck! I hope this works with all breadmakers! :)

  29. Jennifer in VA says

    I have a Bosch and would love the links to the those recipes. I’ve tried soaking my basic recipe (adding the yeast, honey, and salt the next morning/day) but the texture is just not the same or as good as the unsoaked.

    I hope to try sourdough this summer – just too busy now with school/sports to experiment.


  30. Orley says

    Hi there, thanks for this recipe, i tried it but it didn’t rise and is soggy inside… Any idea what i am doing wrong??

  31. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

    I can only guess that perhaps your yeast was old, didn’t get fully incorporated by the machine, or somehow your machine is vastly different than mine. Did you use the ”
    whole wheat” cycle? That’s pretty important too. Hopefully you’ll nail it next time! :) Katie

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