Homemade German Walnut Bread

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It's been a while since the last time I posted something on here. But now that NaNoWriMo is over (and I successfully participated, yeah!) I do have a little more spare time again, and I plan on posting a little more "regularly" again. 

Today I want to share a recipe for the – hands down – best bread on the planet with you!

My uncle taught me how to do this last summer, and it has become my faaavoorite bread of all time since then. It does take a solid 24 hours to prepare, but (!) it is absolutely worth it. Not only is this made with three different types of flour (two of them wholegrain), but it is also vegan and doesn't contain any sugar or oil. It comes with 2 secret ingredients: walnuts (which we actually handpicked this summer and spent way too much time on cracking, lol) and potato.

If you want to learn how to make a rustic German bread with walnuts, then just keep reading :)


Preparation time: 24 hours
Main ingredients: rye, spelt, wheat, yeast
difficulty level: easy
makes: 1 loaf
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, soy-free, sugar-free, oil-free


100g wholegrain rye flour
150g wholegrain spelt flour
250g wheat flour (type 550)
10g salt
300ml water
1 medium floury potato, cooked
5g fresh yeast
100g walnuts, roasted


Day 1 (in the evening):

Dissolve yeast in warm water. 

In the meantime mash the boiled potato in a large bowl. Add water and salt, then add your three types of flour, and mix coarsely with fork or hands. 

Add the dissolved yeast and chopped walnuts. Knead. Stretch and fold your dough (about 8 "folds" each) every 20 minutes for 2 hours, so six times in total. 

Then cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and leave the dough to rise for 8 hours (overnight) in a warm place. 

Day 2 (in the morning): 

Stretch once and fold your dough once again. Allow to rise again for 6-8 hours. In the evening, fold your dough into shape on a floured surface, i.e. into a loaf of bread. Set aside in a bowl lined with a floured kitchen towel for 1 hour. 

After 40 minutes of setting, preheat oven to 250 °C / 480 °F. 

Transfer the dough into a heat resistant baking dish, like a Dutch oven or a casserole dish (if yours doesn't have a lid, you could use tin foil to cover instead). Carve bread vertically, or in a cross shape.  

Bake for 35 minutes in the baking dish (lid on). Then bake for 10-15 minutes in without the lid on. 

And finally, it's done!

Enjoy with a spread of your liking. In my case, I love this homemade bread with just some vegan butter, salt and pepper and maybe some herbs like chives or basil, as seen in the pictures below. It honestly tastes great with anything though :)

Have you ever made bread before? What is your favourite recipe? Let me know!