TwD: (Vegan) Whole Wheat Bread

My excitement over baking this week’s whole wheat bread was three-fold. First, I’ve avoided purchasing any bread knowing I’d have plenty once I made this recipe (two loaves worth). Second, I had a jar of Colonial Williamsburg strawberry preserves that I was eagerly waiting to spread over toast. And, third, I planned on making “vegan” whole wheat bread by substituting the honey with organic agave nectar!

The only other change I made was eliminating the malt extract because I couldn’t find any in the store. Still, the loaves turned out delicious. The agave nectar really brought out the sweetness of the whole wheat flour. And, I didn’t bother to wait until the loaves were cool before I dove into a mini loaf with my dinner. I was extremely pleased with this bread recipe and have yet to be disappointed by Dorie’s Baking with Julia cookbook. Probably because I’m more of a baker than a cook. At least according to my sisters!

To find the recipe for this whole wheat bread, head over to this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia hosts: Michele of Veggie Num Nums and Teresa of The Family That Bakes Together.

70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 07:22:53

    I just never get my bread baking right. That looks excellent.

  2. Cher
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 07:23:25

    I’ve really come to appreciate the sweetening powers of agave – nice substitution and lovely loaves.

  3. Karen
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 07:35:07

    That is a beautiful loaf of bread. It must have been delicious with the jam.

  4. TrafficDiva
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 07:48:56

    Looks PEFECT..for vegan..LOL!!! =)

  5. Michelle Murphy Muse
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:11:49

    Yum! I want some of the jam πŸ™‚ Your bread looks really good!

  6. Baking is my Zen
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:22:27

    Great rustic look…I too, enjoyed this bread… πŸ˜€


  7. rondamkisner
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:36:27

    I have been trying to find malt extract too. I think I am going to have to order it from King Arthur. They look great!

  8. Suzi
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:53:32

    Wow, you bread looks perfect and I love that you made it vegan by using the agave. I bet the strawberry preserves were tasty on there, too.

  9. Ckay
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:59:35

    Look at your bread! It’s great. Would you mind sending me over a slice of your delicious bread & strawberry?

    I had once malt extract (kind of molasses) in my paintry, used it up and forgot about it. Now I use malt extract in powder. I cannot tell if the bread would taste different without it, all I know is that it rises wonderfully.
    The problems I had sometimes ago “is it done or not?” has been solved thanks to this great book: the termomether! I’ve been using this trick for every bread I’ve been making and been so happy: no more doubts and excellent results.

  10. My Daily Bread Body and Soul ... Pray Cook Blog
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:02:49

    I love the idea of using the agave nectar and I am going to try that on my next loaves. You bread looks amazing. You have captured the picture that makes me want to just reach over and pick up a slice of bread (and pop it into my mouth). Well done! Catherine

  11. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:21:48

    When it comes to association, fresh baked bread makes me feel so much like I’m at home! But usually comfort food comes with a side of belly pain because its full of dairy. Not this one – psyched!

  12. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:24:25

    I’m just imagining tearing that loaf apart and smearing bread.. I wish I had a loaf!!

  13. healthyyou72
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:28:45

    I still need to attempt to make vegan bread, I have been wanting to for sure:-) Your bread looks gorgeous, and perfect paired with the preserves! Hugs, Terra

  14. Ei
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:51:50

    That crumb looks great. I didn’t know vegans wouldn’t eat honey. I’m looking forward to making this recipe once I get my stuff back (it’s my constant refrain these days.)

  15. Alison
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:53:57

    This looks so good! I am definitely going to have to try this! Thank you.

  16. Three Well Beings
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 10:10:24

    I love bread and in the last two years I’ve taken to baking bread fairly often. There is nothing better for a good, wholesome comfort food! Right now our triple digit heat discourages the effort, but I pinned the recipe to my Pinterest board so I won’t lose it! It sounds, and looks great! πŸ™‚

  17. Cindy Harris
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 10:30:07

    Looks delicious–I can never wait for bread too cool. Nothing better than a warm slice of homemade bread. Beautiful.

  18. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 10:32:56

    Your bread looks so perfect! Would love a slice with a cup of tea!

  19. Dara
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 10:59:23

    Fabulous bread, I’ve been looking for a good vegan recipe. Well done.

  20. spicegirlfla
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 11:29:30

    Looks like a gorgeous loaf! the texture is perfect…you’re making me want to bake some bread!!

  21. loavesandstitches
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 11:43:23

    Wonderful! We liked this one a lot, too.

  22. Alice
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 12:07:08

    LOL, I dont think we in the FFWD group think you are more of a baker than a cook, or vice versa! I think you’re equally rounded in the kitchen! πŸ™‚ Great job! This one is going to be a make up recipe for me! Lately I forget that I meant to make the FFWD or TWD recipe until the LYL goes up! DOH! πŸ™‚

  23. thekalechronicles
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 12:19:54

    Nothing like homemade bread — now that the weather is turning colder I will feel like baking.

  24. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 12:59:14

    Of course you must break into the home baked bread while still warm!

  25. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 13:01:52

    Love the look of this hearty, rustic loaf and I greatly admire the patience of bread makers! ;-).

  26. Liz
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 13:02:54

    Beautifully done! And there’s no better treat than homemade bread fresh from the oven!

  27. Katerina
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 13:26:32

    Nothing can replace homemade bread! The taste and smell are superb!

  28. Dawn
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 13:26:35

    Lovely! I grew up near Williamsburg, by the way. πŸ™‚

  29. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 14:32:26

    Your bread looks stunning πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. Jodie
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 15:20:59

    Looks great! Those preserves sound wonderful!

  31. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 16:27:53

    such a lovely color. toast + jam is a favorite afterwork snack of mine.

  32. Norma Chang
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 18:00:09

    There is nothing like fresh out of the oven home made bread.

  33. Healthy cooking Blog
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 18:16:59

    I love this vegan bread.

  34. isthisakeeper
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 18:25:08

    Looks delicious…loved Colonial Williamsburg!

  35. bevwinchester
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 19:44:56

    Wow, I guess I would never have considered honey not vegan? It is made by bees- true- but from flowers & pollen? Anyway, I love that agave nectar & use it often. It looks beautiful!

  36. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 20:38:04

    I need to head over and get this recipe. I made my first loaf of bread ever last week and now I’m hooked! Mind you the version I made came together in less than five minutes (no kneading), so I may have the wrong idea!

  37. Louise
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 21:00:08

    I’m beginning to think I’m neither a cook or a baker. I’ve yet to attempt a bread recipe like this one. I can “hear” your excitement when it comes to baking Yummy and I must admit, it sure is contagious!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your bread looks heavenly:)

  38. gfcelebration
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 21:35:53

    The addition of agave nectar sounds wonderful.

  39. Heather
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 21:40:01

    Your loaves look great!

  40. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 22:19:35

    Your bread looks delicious:) I love homemade bread. I need to check the blogs for the recipe. Thanks for sharing:)

  41. Balvinder
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 23:32:21

    There is nothing more satisfying than a fresh home baked bread. I’ll have to give it a try. Actually I bought the bread flour that has 12 grains in it. Would this recipe work?

  42. tokyohamster
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 01:08:49

    Wow this bread looks even better than store-bought bread! Great job πŸ™‚

  43. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 03:27:39

    what a gorgeous loaf! waking up to freshly baked loaf is the best thing ever!

  44. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 04:27:28

    I’m searching for some good recipes for a bread since a year now. I have quite a few. Will try out yours as well πŸ™‚ looks delish!

  45. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 05:52:04

    Love fresh bread out of the oven! Looks gorgeous!

  46. Cakelaw
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 07:06:21

    Wasn’t this delicious bread? I was very pleased.

  47. kitchen flavours
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 09:24:15

    Lovely bread! Sounds good with the strawberrry preserves!

  48. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 19:41:39

    homemade bread is one of my all-time favorite things to eat! i would take it over dessert!

  49. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 22:31:25

    Now this bread sounds like something I’d love to make and it looks like something I know I’d love to eat!

  50. Sara
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 00:32:42

    Yum, this looks fantastic…there’s nothing like homemade bread, especially with really good preserves!

  51. Sammie
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 00:46:09

    Nothing can top bread baked at home!! Looks fantastic!

  52. eatinglikeahorse
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 00:47:23

    The texture of that bread looks perfect, bet it was great with the jam. I agree with Sammie, there’s nothing like it and the smell baking bread creates in the whole house – delicious πŸ™‚

  53. libishski
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 01:24:08

    Mmmm freshly-baked bread!

  54. Tandy
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 01:27:37

    Please send some over for breakfast! I did not know that honey was not vegan so thanks for teaching me something new πŸ™‚

  55. helene dsouza
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 05:49:19

    argh I am jealous now. Your bread looks incredible! my dad would go nuts and would finish it all off with his butter and lard. lol
    Maybe I ll manage to come up with something that comes close to your quality in the future.

  56. Mary
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 07:00:00

    the bread looks just fabulous, I love that you used agave nectar – I wish I could bake bread – but it’s always a disaster!! So enjoyed envying yours!!
    mary x

  57. andi
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 07:00:03

    yummy, I haven’t done much baking with yeast so my bread making is slim, but I am taking a class on this subject very soon 9.29 and will be making Artisan Bread at a local 19th century village close to my home. Can’t wait………….andi

  58. tracy
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 11:35:26

    This looks so delicious. I love baking breads in the Fall and I’m definitely making this one this weekend.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  59. Beth
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 12:32:27

    Your bread looks great, and I’m glad it worked with the substitutions. I love baking and cooking, but if I had to choose one, my heart goes with baking!

  60. Jenn and Seth
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 13:51:45

    what a gorgeous loaf of bread, sounds super delicious!

  61. rebecca
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 15:46:05

    looks great and can’t beat bread and jam a fav in our house

  62. Julianne McAdoo
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 18:13:53

    Nice close up. Yours look great.

  63. The Squishy Monster
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:49:30

    This is definitely a solid looking loaf and I bet the Agave really does help impart a delicate sweetness πŸ™‚

  64. Amanda
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 20:55:03

    It looks perfect! You are the vegan queen lately! I need to try agave next time, I guess, my flavor was lacking but I didn’t have malt extract either.

  65. Jasline
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 02:55:18

    The bread looks absolutely beautiful! I wish I can bake bread like you!

  66. Zen and Genki
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 14:13:38

    Great idea, the agave!

  67. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 14:32:19

    Beautiful loaf of bread and I like that you showed how it’s like inside! Perfect look inside!

  68. jora
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 17:04:48

    Your bread came out perfectly! Nice crust.

    Sep 23, 2012 @ 08:12:40

    Gorgeous looking bread…perfectly done!

  70. erika
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 15:57:57

    All your recipes look so gooooood!!! I love whole wheat bread and can’t wait to try this!

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