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A loaf and slice of soft whey bread on a black cooling rack. Dark background.

Soft Whey Bread (no-knead)

This quick and easy whey bread recipe creates a protein-packed, soft sandwich loaf that requires no kneading and is ready in 2 1/2 hours.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine German
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 3664 kcal


Activate Yeast

  • 2 cups whey liquid, lukewarm
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast active, dry
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Prepare Dough

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds optional

Grease loaf tin

  • 1 tbsp butter


Activate the yeast

  • Heat up the liquid whey on the stove or in the microwave until it's lukewarm.
    2 cups whey
  • Add the yeast and sugar and stir thoroughly until the yeast is starting to dissolve. Set aside for 10 minutes.
    1 1/2 tsp yeast, 1 tbsp sugar

Prepare bread dough

  • In a large bowl, combine whole wheat and all-purpose flour, and salt.
    3 cups whole wheat flour, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Add the activated yeast, olive oil, and stir until all ingredients are fully combined and a wet dough is formed.
    3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it rest in a warm spot for 1 hour. The dough will rise by about 1/3 during this time.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/375F.
  • Grease a bread loaf tin with butter and transfer the dough into the tin. Let it rise for another 30 minutes.
    1 tbsp butter
  • Add the pumpkin seeds on top of the loaf and bake it in the oven for 40 minutes.
    1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Remove the bread from the loaf tin after about 10 minutes and let it fully cool on a wire rack before slicing. Enjoy!


Make sure the whey is lukewarm, not hot or cold, so it can easily be activated with the yeast and sugar. It should be between 100 and 110 F (36.5 to 40.5 C).
The dough will be quite wet. Don't add any additional flour or the bread will end up dry.
Grease the bread pan thoroughly with oil or butter to prevent the loaf from sticking to the pan.
If the bread is getting too dark during baking, cover the loaf with baking paper.
Although it will be hard to resist, don't slice the bread while it's still hot.


Calories: 3664kcalCarbohydrates: 493gProtein: 266gFat: 88gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 43gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 390mgSodium: 3925mgPotassium: 2528mgFiber: 51gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 966IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 884mgIron: 41mg
Keyword Bread, bread maker recipe, budget-friendly, easy, quick
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