Eat like a German - German Recipe:
Homemade whole wheat flour bread

Homemade whole wheat flour bread
Whole wheat flour bread with a crunchy crust
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This homemade bread will satisfy anyone who is looking for a hearty bread with lots of content and a variety to your own liking.

One big difference between the US and Germany/Austria is the bread culture. American's like it soft without crust and for the German's, the bread is all about the crust. Envision to bite into a crunchy crust of fresh homemade bread with a little butter on it (unsalted please) - what more could you ask for!


  • 3.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 0.75 cup of any other flower you like
  • 3 packs of dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp ground caraway seeds
  • 3-4 cups of warm water
  • 2-3 tbsp of honey in the water for a sweeter taste

Suggestions on add-ons:

  • 1 cup oatmeal (dry)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 graded carrots
  • For a different taste, replace 1 cup of water with apple vinegar and add graded apples
  • Get creative!


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, slowly add the warm water (with the honey if desired) and stir well.

The consistency of the bread will always be a little wet, so either pour it in a baking pan or spread it onto a sheet to cut it into cones later.

The bread doesn’t need to rest before baking, but it makes it a bit fluffier if it does. Cover the pan and let the bread rest in a worm place for 20 min or until it rises.

Place the bread into COLD oven along with a second backing pan with 4 cups of water

Bake for 30-40 min at 360°F, less if you spread it onto a sheet.

Let the bread cool down before cutting it or it will be very sticky!

This recipe makes about 2 lb of bread.

Anita Irujo
Anita Irujo

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