Brown Bread healthy and tasty

Bread is always on the table in an Italian family. It just goes with the meal.

In Italy, although some bakeries now seem to sell a small amount of  brown bread, the demand is mainly for white.
Whilst bakeries in northern countries seem to sell more brown bread. Since living in England I got more of a taste for brown loaves. I like its density, the rich, nutty and intense taste of the whole grain.  Brown flour has all the nutrients of the wheat and all the vitamins, (which have been stripped in white flour) and it makes you feel fuller for longer. A healthier choice.

White bread, of course, is delicious too. When it has just been baked, the crunchiness and smell of a freshly baked baguette is irresistible.
They are both nice in their own way, they are just different and I often have a mixture of both.

This bread is so easy to make and you don’t need to be an experienced baker to make it.
Just buy a good quality flour, possibly organic stone-ground and you’ll be feeling so proud to eat your own baked bread + your house will smell delicious.

  • Prep Time : 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes


  • organic brown flour – 800 g (ideally stone-ground)
  • fresh yeast – 25 g (or a sacket of dry yeast)
  • sugar – 1 tsp
  • lukewarm water – 450 ml
  • olive oil – 3 tbsp
  • salt – 10 g


In a bowl dissolve the yeast with a tsp of sugar and a glass of tepid water.
Add the flour, olive oil and salt and mix it well. Work it on the table, with your hands and make it into a smooth dough.
Put it back in the bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it rest in a warm place for an hour.

Work it with your hands for 10 minutes, you can add some extra flour if the dough it is too sticky or some extra water if too dry.
Shape it into two long logs and lay them alongside each other on a greased baking tray. Cover with the cloth again and let it rest for a couple of hours.

Preheat the oven at 180C and cook the loaves for 30 minutes.
Wait for them to cool down completely before enjoying them.



26 thoughts on “Brown Bread healthy and tasty

  1. I do love brown bread because as you said, it is a healthy choice. In North America, the white flour is not of good quality. I heard from a friend that is from the Netherlands, that the white flour in Europe is less processed and makes a better tasting bread? I'm going to make your recipe. I was going to use fast acting yeast, it is easy to use. Would you recommend this type of yeast for your recipe??? I would love your feedback as I've never made a yeast bread before. Thanks for post!!!


  2. what a gorgeous loaf of bread! I do love the nuttiness of brown…but then, I don't think there's a type of bread out there that I don't love! lol….


  3. Dear Suzanne,Funny enough my mum has just given me some fast acting yeast she bought in an organic shop. Lots of people who have tried this type of yeast say it is very good. So I will use it too for my next batch. Try it too for this recipe!I normally use fresh yeast but I know it is not always easy to find around. The dry one which is also used for bread machines it is good too and I think most people use that one.Let me know how the bread turns out. Happy baking!


  4. You've done it again Alida!! Nailed the bread. Perfect colour and texture. Looks light and fluffy. I also use mostly whole wheat flour for my breads. Great job!Have a nice day!xoxoAnuja


  5. Ciao! Che bell'aria serena si respira in questo blog! Ti seguirò con vero piacere 🙂 Passa a trovarmi se ti va: ne sarò felice! Bye bye 🙂


  6. That's a great idea, to do your own bread, especially when the final product is looking as good as yours 🙂 Plus it's probably much healthier that the store bought bread.


  7. This brown bread is so simple, Alida – I love that there's no mixer or bread machine required. I think sometimes people are terrified of making bread because it seems so daunting, what with all the mixing and kneading and proofing. But this takes the terror out of bread – love it!


  8. I must agree with Javelin about how easy you make this heavenly bread sound, Alida. I am not much of a baker but I may just be willing to give this a try one day. Home made bread is the best but home made Italian bread, oh my heavens!!!Thanks so much for sharing…


  9. Oh yes, I am a big fan of brown bread…Yours looks very lovely, nicely cooked..I usually make little rolls of dough instead of loaves, but next time I'll try the shape you used :). And I'll be thinking of you while preparing it :).


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