The Best Homemade No Knead Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

I’m so in love with this easy stone ground whole wheat bread recipe. It’s so versatile because you make a big batch and just pull off what you need when you’re ready to bake it. Make it into bread loaves or rolls. I bake a few loaves every week because it is so easy! No kneading required! It really is the best homemade bread recipe in my opinion. Plus no dutch oven needed! I like to use a mixture of freshly milled hard white wheat and einkorn flour. Truth be told, it’s really a rustic whole wheat bread recipe with herbs, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and not just a plain Jane healthy brown bread recipe.

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Bucket bread – a unique concept

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This bucket bread makes 4 loaves and keeps for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Just pull off what you need, let it rise and then bake. Fresh bread anytime!

Some people call this homemade bread recipe, “Bucket Bread,” because you mix the dough in a big plastic container. Then you allow it to rise 2 hours, and then stick it in the fridge. When you’re ready to make bread, pull off about 1 pound of dough, let it rise and bake. Literally it is 5 minute a day bread (prep time, not rising or baking time). The dough keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge and makes about 4 loaves or you can make it into rolls. Just bake it when you need it. It’s the perfect homemade healthy brown bread recipe with an artisan twist!

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Where did the Master Recipe come from?

Baking with freshly milled flour is simply the best! When I bought my Nutrimill Grain Mill , I was so excited to use it but I had a hard time finding, “grinding your own flour,” bread recipes. I ended up buying the book, The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day . It’s a fantastic book, but I didn’t realize the recipes used store bought ground flour. Because I was using freshly milled flour, I had to adapt their recipe.

Later I realized the authors had published another book called, The New Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day – I was happy to see that my liquid measurement adaptations were similar to their recipe. If you’re new to making bread, I highly recommend both of these books. I can’t even begin to give you all the tips and information that they provide. They are geniuses! Both books are absolutely fantastic! And you can easily adapt the recipes to your own tastes as I did for this recipe.

Worried about your family eating whole grain?

Since my family was new to the idea of eating whole grain, I created my recipe adding honey, herbs, and olive oil. Olive oil makes the bread softer and my family loves garlic, rosemary and honey. I also loved the idea of mixing einkorn flour and whole wheat flour to create my own multigrain. You can also use all hard white wheat instead of the combination. Don’t worry, your family will love this bread!

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Freshly ground flour makes a huge difference! And only takes a few extra minutes.

New to grinding your own flour?

Grinding your own flour isn’t hard and takes no time at all. Seriously, it adds only a few minutes to your prep time. The biggest thing I learned right away is to turn on the mill before adding the wheat berries, otherwise the grinder gets stuck. Whoops! Play around with the different grinder settings until you get the one you want. I relied a lot on Melissa K. Norris and her podcast when first learning how to use my Nutrimill Grain Mill. She has many great tips – especially for beginners. I buy my Einkorn berries and wheat berries in bulk from Pleasant Hill Grain but if I want to try them out first before buying a huge quantity then I typically buy them in smaller quantities from Palouse Brand on Amazon.

Why is it called Stone Ground?

Stone ground refers to the way the wheat berries are ground into flour – grinding the grain between two mill stones. Mass produced flours are produced using rollers. The two stones are hidden underneath the bowl in this picture.

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I absolutely love my Nutrimill Grain Mill.

What’s the difference between stone ground flour and regular whole wheat flour?

Stone ground flour is less processed than regular whole wheat flour. It contains more vitamins, minerals, fats and fiber than whole wheat flour because it contains a higher percentage of the germ and the bran. Breads made with stone ground flour are more flavorful but sometimes can be too strong for some eaters. I’ve added oil, honey and herbs in my recipe to make my bread appeal to more people who aren’t accustomed to the strong taste of whole grain. Everyone that has tasted my bread are surprised how delicious it really is! Stone ground flour bread recipes tend to be more dense and moist, while breads made with roller milled flours are loftier and have a more open crumb structure because the flour particles are finer.

How long does fresh stone ground flour last?

I keep my freshly milled flour up to a week in the refrigerator or freeze it up to 6 months. Because it has no preservatives, it will go rancid quickly – within 3 days if left at room temperature. I highly recommend this Nutrimill Grain Mill. They have different versions, but they all are great!

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What is Einkorn and why do I use it in this recipe?

Einkorn is a variety of wheat and is considered an ancient grain. I like to use it along with hard white wheat berries in this recipe as it gives the bread a nutty and toasty taste. Einkorn has a much higher protein content than modern wheat. It is also the only wheat that’s missing certain types of gluten proteins that some people are sensitive to which makes it easier for some people to digest. To read more about einkorn, check out this great article.

What is vital wheat gluten?

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This recipe calls for Vital wheat gluten which is a natural product found in wheat. It improves the texture and elasticity of the dough. Whole wheat grain breads tend to be dense so it gives volume to the bread and helps to create a lighter textured bread.

Should I weigh the flour and liquids?

When making bread or my Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough, it’s important to weigh out the flour. It’s amazing the difference between a loosely packed cup of flour and a tightly packed cup of flour so for the best results, make sure you weigh the ingredients out on a food scale. If you’re not sure how to measure and tare, check out this post. Scroll down to “How to Use Tare”).

Can you substitute just regular whole wheat flour in this recipe?

Yes, you can, use 1000 grams of store bought whole wheat flour like Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour but you will need to adjust the total liquid to be 965 grams (about 4 1/4 c. of liquid-includes: water, honey, oil.)

How long does the wet bread dough last in the refrigerator?

The wet bread dough that you make and keep in the refrigerator will last about two weeks. It does tend to get a little dense at the end so just be aware.

Tips for baking this stone ground whole wheat bread:

  • Use steam – Whole grain breads do not have the same crackling crust that white breads have. The oil in the wheat germ softens the crust and prevents crisping. Steam helps to promote a beautiful crust. Just place a broiler pan (when you preheat the oven) in the bottom of the oven underneath the shelf where you bake the bread. After you place the bread in the oven, add 1 cup of water to the hot broiler pan. Do not use a glass pan as it will break!
  • Slash the bread before you bake it. This helps ensure a full rise. I find it’s easier to use a bread knife to slash the dough or a bread lame.
  • Use a thermometer to tell when the bread is done. I have found this is key to this recipe and check it in a few different places in the bread. For this recipe you want the bread to be about 205° F.
  • Use a baking stone or pizza stone – I feel like these stones bake the best bread. You can use a baking sheet but if you don’t have a baking stone or pizza stone, I highly suggest buying one.

Can you freeze the dough?

Yes! You can definitely freeze the dough! After the initial overnight in refrigerator step, pull off 1 pound of dough. Place in a vacuum sealed bag and freeze. The night before you want to bake it, place the bag in the refrigerator to thaw. The next day pull it out, shape into a loaf, allow to rise as normal (90 min) and bake it according to directions.

How to make dinner rolls or sandwich rolls from this recipe:

This recipe is so versatile! You can also make rolls from this master recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Pull off about 3 oz of dough per roll, shape into rolls by pulling the top of the dough around to the bottom. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and allow to rise for about 20 minutes.
  3. Slash the roll a few times or make a cross with a serrated knife.  Brush the tops with egg white or butter if desired, top with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds if desired and bake for about 25 minutes.
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How to make Homemade No Knead Stone Ground Flour Bread Recipe in pictures:

bucket with 600 g of flour on a scale

In a large big plastic container or bowl, carefully weigh out 600 grams of freshly milled einkorn and 400 grams of freshly milled hard white wheat flour. (See post above if you want to use store bought whole wheat flour).

package of yeast, bucket of flour, salt in a salt cellar, tablespoon of yeast on a granite counter

Combine flours, wheat gluten, yeast and kosher salt.

rosemary, thyme and garlic minced in top of a Magimix food processor

In a food processor, chop rosemary, thyme, and garlic until finely chopped.

danish whisk in a bucket with flour and herb mixture

Add herb mixture to flour mixture.

honey, olive oil, measuring cup pouring water into honey and oil mixture

In a large liquid glass measuring cup, pour in 1/2 cup of honey and 5 tablespoons of olive oil.
Add enough luke warm water (about 3 cups at about 100°) until liquid mixture reaches 4 cups. You don’t need to measure the water separately if you just pour it into the liquid mixture until it reaches 4 cups.

danish whisk mixing flour mixture in bucket

Mix well using Danish dough whisk. Dough mixture should be fairly wet. Be sure to get all the dry parts at the bottom of the container. You want the entire mixture wet.

plastic bucket with dough inside, yellow lid

Cover with lid. Make sure the lid has a tiny hole in it (my husband drilled a tiny hole in mine, or crack the lid slightly, or use plastic wrap and leave some space so the gas can escape. You do NOT want this airtight. Leave dough on the counter for 2 hours at room temperature.
When time is up, place dough in the refrigerator. Let sit overnight.

dough on a floured pizza peel

When ready to make bread, prepare a pizza peel by sprinkling it generously with flour. Pull up about 1 pound of dough (measure on food scale). Save the rest for another time. Take the dough mass in your hands and add as much flour to your hands as needed so it won’t stick. Pull the surface of the dough around to the bottom, rotating as you go. Work it for about 30 seconds until it’s a smooth ball and everything is tucked under. It will still be a wet dough, don’t worry, that’s ok. You don’t want to use too much flour.

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Cover with couche (dough cloth). Allow dough to rise 90 minutes in a warm place. If you have a bread proof option on your oven, you can definitely use it for this step.

red pizza stone in oven, broiler pan underneath

When timer is down to last 30 min, preheat oven to 450°with pizza stone and broiler pan underneath (I like to do this the last 30 minutes of rising time) so the stone gets nice and hot.

bread dough on wooden board with seeds, knife, cloth

Wet top of dough slightly, sprinkle sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds over. Slash bread with a knife in 3 places.

hand sliding dough onto a pizza stone in the oven

Transfer dough using a pizza cutter rocker and slide bread onto pizza stone or baking sheet with parchment paper.

hand pouring water from measuring cup into a pan in the stove

Add 1 cup hot water to hot broiler pan underneath (needs to be a metal pan, glass will break).

freshly baked bread with two slices on a wooden board

Bake for about 30 minutes until crust is browned. Use a thermometer to check, should be around 205°. Allow to cool on baking rack for 30 minutes before cutting it. That’s it! Enjoy! When you’re done devouring the bread, pull off another pound of dough, let it rise and bake again! Super easy to have fresh bread anytime!

bread keeper with half a loaf of seeded bread

Store bread in a bread keeper when cooled. This is a great one as it expands to fit the bread. There’s also an adjustable air vent so the bread doesn’t get too moist or too dry.

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Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour Bread

  • myWW Points:4 Smart Points per slice for all plans
  • Author: Amy Lawrence
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • +2 hours rising +overnight in refrigerator:
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 min (plus rising time)
  • Yield: 4 loaves 1x
  • Category: bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

I’m so in love with this easy no knead stone ground whole wheat flour bread recipe. It’s so versatile and it really is a unique concept. You mix the dough in a bucket, allow it to rise 2 hours, stick it in the fridge. When you’re ready to make bread, you pull off about 1 pound of dough, let it rise and bake.  Literally it is 5 minute a day bread (prep time). The dough keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge and makes about 4 loaves. Just bake it when you need it. It’s the perfect healthy brown bread recipe with an artisan twist! This recipe was adapted from this fabulous book: The New Healthy Bread in Five MInutes a Day . The directions may look complicated but I just tried to explain everything in detail. Don’t worry, it’s not hard at all! Once you have the first batch made, you’ll see how easy it is to have bread every day!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 600 grams of stone ground einkorn wheat flour
  • 400 grams of stone ground whole wheat flour (I use hard white wheat) or you can use 1000 grams of stone ground whole wheat and omit the einkorn
  • 42 grams (about 1/4 cup-this one you can use measuring cupvital wheat gluten
  • 1 tablespoon yeast (I use Saf Instant Yeast for this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 68 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 handful of fresh rosemary leaves (about 4 tablespoons before chopped)-you can vary amount
  • 1 small handful of fresh thyme (about 2 tablespoons after stripping leaves, before chopped)-you can vary amount
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 690 grams lukewarm water (about 3 cups of water at about 100°) 
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seed kernels
  • 2 tablespoons of raw shelled pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large big plastic container or bowl, combine flours, wheat gluten, yeast and kosher salt.
  2. In a food processor, chop rosemary, thyme, and garlic until finely chopped. 
  3. Add herb mixture to flour mixture.
  4. In a large liquid glass measuring cup, pour in 1/2 cup of honey and 5 tablespoons of olive oil.
  5. Add enough luke warm water (about 3 cups at about 100°) until liquid mixture reaches 4 cups.  You don’t need to measure the water separately if you just pour it into the liquid mixture until it reaches 4 cups. See notes at bottom.
  6. Mix well using Danish dough whisk. Dough mixture should be fairly wet.
  7. Cover with lid. Make sure the lid has a tiny hole in it (my husband drilled a hole in mine, or crack the lid slightly, or use plastic wrap and leave some space so the gas can escape. You do NOT want this air tight. Leave dough on the counter for 2 hours at room temperature or if you have a proofing option with your oven, proof it for at least 90 minutes.
  8. When time is up, place dough in the refrigerator. Let sit overnight.
  9. When ready to make bread, prepare a pizza peel by sprinkling it generously with flour. Pull up about 1 pound of dough (measure on food scale). Take the dough mass in your hands and add as much flour to your hands as needed so it won’t stick. Pull the surface of the dough around to the bottom, rotating as you go. Work it for about 30 seconds until it’s a smooth ball and everything is tucked under.  Place the dough on a pizza peel or baking sheet. Cover with couche (dough cloth). Allow to rise 90 minutes.
  10. When timer is down to last 30 min, preheat oven with pizza stone and broiler pan underneath (I like to do this the last 30 minutes of rising time) so the stone gets nice and hot.
  11. If using seeds, wet top of dough slightly, sprinkle sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds over. Slash bread with a knife in 3 places.
  12. Transfer dough using a pizza cutter rocker and slide bread onto pizza stone or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  13. Add 1 cup hot water to hot broiler pan underneath (needs to be a metal pan, glass will break).
  14. Bake for about 30 minutes until crust is browned. Use a thermometer to check, should be around 205°. (I have a convection oven so it bakes faster. This is what I do: Bake for about 10 min, then reduce heat to 400° and bake another 10 min.  Again check bread with thermometer).
  15. Allow to cool on baking rack at least 30 minutes before slicing it.

Notes

The beauty of this recipe is that you can increase or decrease the honey as long as you keep the amount of liquid the same, so if you want less honey, use more water. If you don’t want oil, leave it out, just make sure the amount of liquid is about 4 cups. The oil softens the bread so is great for family members who don’t like super course bread.

Keep the flour mixture amounts the same at least for the first batch you make. Einkorn absorbs water more, so if you use all einkorn, then you will need more water. I would make the batch just like it is so you can see the consistency of the dough before you start experimenting.

Whole wheat dough does spread sideways more than other breads so you can also use a loaf pan if you would like.

You can also make the recipe into rolls. Preheat oven to 450°. Pull off about 3 oz of dough per roll, shape into rolls, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and allow to rise for about 20 minutes. Slash the roll a few times or make a cross with a serrated knife.  Brush the tops with egg white or butter if desired and bake for about 25 minutes.

For more tips and recipes, check out The New Healthy Bread in Five MInutes a Day 

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