I got a nice vegetarian recipe book, “Luscious Vegetarian”, from my boyfriend’s parents over the festive season. The book, written by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal, contains lots of easy [and quick] recipes. One of which is the seed loaf I made over the weekend. Containing only 15ml of honey and 15ml of oil this is a good option for someone who wants to eat healthier carbs. Also, you don’t need to knead it – bonus!
- 300 g nutty wheat flour
- 280 g brown bread flour
- 140 g white bread flour
- 15 g (1 packet) instant yeast
- 5 ml (½ tsp) salt
- 15 ml (1tbsp) per type of seed. Choose 3 – 4 different types of seeds e.g. sesame -, sunflower -, pumpkin – , flax – or poppy seeds.
- Extra seeds for sprinkling on top – optional
- 15 ml (1tbsp) honey
- 750ml (3 cups) lukewarm water
- 15 ml (1tbsp) oil
- Combine the flours, yeast, salt and seeds in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture.
- Dissolve the honey in the water and add to the well in the dry mixture. Stir until all the flour is mixed in with the liquid.
- Spoon the mixture into a buttered tin loaf. (One big tin or two smaller tin loaf of approximately 500ml).
- Spoon the mixture into the tin loaf and sprinkle the extra seeds on top. Cover the loaf with cling film and allow it to rise to double its original volume.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Once the dough has doubled in volume bake for 1 hour. After an hour test if the bread is cooked (will depend of the tin’s size). If not, return the loaf to the oven and turn off the heat and close the door for approximately 30 minutes. Once the loaf pulls away from the side of the tin and a knife comes out clean when pushed into the center, the bread is done.
- Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Note: Leaving the loaf in the tin for too long will result in the sides and bottom becoming soggy.
We didn’t even wait for the bread to cool before starting to eat it. We enjoyed it with salted butter and then another slice (or two) with homemade marmalade which was a gift from friends. It was simply too good not to eat straight away.
Who can possibly say no to hot homemade bread and watching Downton Abbey?! Ultimate down time if ask me!