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Friday, 9 September 2011

Give us this day...

...our daily bread.

I'm not the family bread maker, that honour goes to Mr Farmer.  He used to make all our bread by hand BC (before children). Now he still makes all the bread but in the bread maker, the 'children' left several years ago.  However I had bought this bag of flour (see below)

and never used it, so thought I would make a loaf myself.  I did mix it with the breadmaker but put it on dough setting as I really prefer the bake in the oven in a nice rustic shape.  I'm sure Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off) would throw up his hands in horror, but I've tried kneading bread and I'm not very good at it, I also find it intensely boring.  The recipe is ultra simple:

500g Wholemeal Seed & Grain Bread Flour
2 tsp yeast
1tbsp caster sugar
1tsp salt
50g butter
375ml water

Chuck it all in the bread machine on dough setting, when it is mixed, place on a baking tray. Leave to rise for a further 20 minutes, then bake at 180C for 30-40 minutes until the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the base.

The loaf turned out well, I think I might make some scones with the rest of this flour, I think they would be rather tasty.


At 9 September 2011 at 21:30 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A perfect looking loaf ~ YUM!

At 9 September 2011 at 22:46 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

It looks really good and the texture is spot on too....I love making bread but only when I have time!

At 10 September 2011 at 06:04 , Blogger Zoe said...

Very rustic-looking loaf. Great with soup and sandwich...delicious!

At 10 September 2011 at 06:50 , Blogger Chele said...

Lovely looking loaf and who cares how you mix it! The main thing is that you are making an artisan loaf all of your very own ;0)

At 10 September 2011 at 07:32 , Blogger Unknown said...

Ooh it really dies look perfect inside! I rarely make a wholemeal loaf, something I must remedy soon. I may get up now and bake a loaf!!

At 10 September 2011 at 09:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always cheat and knead my dough in my kitchenaid and before that I had a bread maker. I started out making bread completly in and eventually started using it to knead the bread and then I would shape and bake the bread myself. I prefered it baked in the oven too.

Your loaf looks great, we buy that flour sometimes too. I like the wholemead seeded flours a lot.

At 10 September 2011 at 15:24 , Blogger girls who like to gorge said...

This looks great! Nothing like homemade bread to lift the spirits! xx

At 11 September 2011 at 17:22 , Blogger Caroline said...

Looks like a lovely loaf - interesting flour too, I must look out for that one!

At 11 September 2011 at 22:03 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

I always use my Kenwood chef to knead my dough. I don't care - it is rather boring to stand there for ages doing it by hand. We must be missing that sense of satisfaction that people say they get by kneading their own. Brilliant looking loaf, Janice.

At 13 September 2011 at 09:25 , Blogger Choclette said...

It looks lovely and delicious too. Absolutely nothing wrong with using a bread maker - any home made bread is way better than shop bought.

At 16 September 2011 at 09:56 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A springy looking loaf! Bet it was delicious straight out the oven with butter!

At 22 September 2012 at 11:21 , Anonymous Jordanne said...

I tried soda bread using Allinson Seed & Grain White Bread Flour cause it takes 10 minutes to prepare. I hadn't noticed there is a brown wholemeal version... your bread looks fab, thanks for the recipe.


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