Based on South African seed bread, this loaf is chewy and very tasty.
No kneading and one rise make this loaf a great choice for the novice bread maker or those who just want fresh bread quickly.
As you can see from the list of seeds you get a whack of good fats and Vitamin E as well as fibre, but you will like it more for the taste.
Makes 2 small loaves, about 16 slices each. (I made one!)
600g strong wholemeal flour (or spelt flour, if available)
2 x 7g packets dried (quick) yeast OR 2 tsps of it
1 heaped tsp salt
25 g linseeds
50 g pumpkin seeds
50 g sunflower seeds
25 g poppyseeds
1 tsp caraway or fennel seeds (optional)
1 tbsp honey or barley malt syrup
550ml warm water (hand-hot)
Oil and flour two 900 g (2 lb) bread tins, or one large baking sheet.
Toast the seeds in a dry pan for 3-4 minutes and add to a large wide bowl, together the flour, yeast and salt.
Use a hand to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients.
In a separate jug stir the honey or malt extract into 550 ml of hand-hot water.
Pour the water into the dry ingredients and lightly mix until you have a soft dough and somewhat sloppy dough (vigorous mixing toughens the bread).
I find it easiest to achieve a light dough by making a claw of one hand and mixing, but use a large metal spoon if you like.
Divide the alarmingly-loose dough between the two tins, or form into two rounds on a greased and floured baking sheet – cornmeal is good here.
Cover the dough loosely with either cling film or a clean tea towel.
If you are making rounds, dust the dough with flour and cover with a tea towel.
Leave the dough to rise in a warm, draught-free place until nearly doubled in size – about 40 minutes to one hour.
It may not rise as high as unseeded bread.
Meanwhile heat your oven to 200C.
Bake the bread on the middle shelf for about 35 minutes.
Remove from the tin (usually requires a firm whack on the work surface to loosen) and check that the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
If not, place back in the oven for a further five or so minutes – without the tin.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Use one loaf and pop the other into your freezer for later.
The breads keep well for three days and makes terrific toast.
Really lovely bread.
Kellie Anderson is an Edinburgh-based food writer, recipe developer, blogger, and also a cancer health educator and nutrition adviser with cancer support charity, Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.
Her healthy food blog: kelliesfoodtoglow.com.
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