Healthy Vegan Wholewheat Bread

Poolish is a highly fluid yeast-cultured dough. It’s a type of pre-ferment traditionally used in the production of French bakery products. Poolish is a preferment where you mix one part flour and one part water with a very small amount of yeast, resulting in a fairly wet sponge that is left to ferment for 6 to 16 hours. The fermentation time depends on how much yeast you are adding, and the  temperature.

The benefits about baking with Poolish method:

  • Due to its long fermentation and natural maturation, a Poolish provides an excellent aroma and flavor profile that imparts uniqueness to the finished product.

Vegan Wholewheat Bread-(Poolish method)

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  • Yield: 14
  • Difficulty: medium


  • 250 grams, whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 270 ml lukewarm water
  • For Main DOUGH:
  • 300 grams, whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 5 TBSP coconut or grape- seed oil
  • 200 ml Lukewarm water


  1. The night before making bread, make the Poolish:
  2. Mix together the whole-wheat flour and yeast, then stir in water to make a thick paste. Stir only until the flour is hydrated, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to ferment at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours. Then refrigerate overnight otherwise it will be little sour.If you like that, no need to refrigerate the poolish.
  3. The next day remove Poolish from refrigerate one hour before making the dough.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the main Dough ingredients
  5. Combine Poolish and dough together and knead until the dough forms a ball,
  6. Lightly oil a large bowl, roll the dough to coat, cover with cloth.
  7. Ferment at room temperature for approximately 2 hours, or until double.
  8. Lightly oil bread pan and place loaf in pan. Mist tops with oil spray and loosely cover with plastic wrap.Proof again at room temperature for about 90 mins.
  9. Preheat oven to 400⁰F. Just before baking, you may garnish the loaves by misting the tops with water and sprinkling on poppy or sesame seeds.
  10. Bake for about 40 – 45 minutes. Bread should sound hollow if you tap from top with spoon
  11. Remove immediately from the pans and cool on a rack for 1 hour before serving.
  12. Tip: If you want your top more dark brown color turn your broiler on on hi for 8-10m
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