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Give us this day…

Uncategorized | September 9, 2011 | By

…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.


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    Karen S Booth
    September 9, 2011

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

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    September 10, 2011

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

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    September 10, 2011

    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)

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    September 10, 2011

    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!!

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    September 10, 2011

    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.

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    September 11, 2011

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

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    Please Do Not Feed The Animals.
    September 11, 2011

    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.

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    September 13, 2011

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

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    September 22, 2012

    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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