Monday, 30 April 2012

Brown seed bread

Anything home made is always so much nicer and when it comes to bread, this couldn't be closer to the truth. Our local baker is an absolute genius when it comes to bread baking and buying from him is just like home made for me. He uses fresh ingredients with no preservatives, additives or any of that bad stuff that you get in sliced bread we can buy off the shelf in the supermarket. A post about his bakery is for another day though, this one is about the brown seed bread that I make for us at home. the one that we can't get enough of and which we eat  straight from the oven, slathered with butter and/or jam....hmmmmm


850g brown bread wheat flour
10 g instant dried yeast
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup poppy seeds
60ml sunflower oil
600ml lukewarm water
extra water if necessary


  • Grease a large loaf tin and sprinkle the inside with sesame and poppy seeds
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Dissolve the honey in the lukewarm water
  • In a mixing bowl/food processor bowl combine the flour, yeast and salt
  • Add the seeds to the flour mixture
  • Add the sunflower oil and water/honey mixture to the bowl and mix it all very well - it will be a rather wet and sticky dough; a dough that you won't be able to take out and knead on the table
  • If using a food processor, use the dough hook and "knock it around" in the mixing bowl for two minutes or so
  • If the dough looks too dry, add a little extra water when mixing all the ingredients- it should really not be a too stiff dough
  • Transfer the dough to the greased loaf tin and leave to rise (covered with a tea towel) for about one hour or until well risen - for me it usually takes one hour, but I think it all depends on your flour and the outside temperatures
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until the crust is nicely brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped
At this point in recipes they usually say "ALLOW TO COOL" etc,  but what the heck! Take it from the oven, cut yourself a BIG slice, spread it with plenty of butter and.......ENJOY!!!!

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