Multiseed Loaf

    3 hours

    I like this bread best with a bowl of soup or cheese and pickles as a ploughman's lunch. You can vary the mix of seeds to your taste.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 300g white bread flour
    • 200g wholemeal bread flour
    • 100g buckwheat flour
    • 1/2 cup polenta
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 sachet dried yeast, about 7g
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons sunflower kernels
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin kernels
    • 2 tablespoons linseeds
    • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
    • 450ml tepid water
    • a little low-fat milk to glaze

    Preparation:2hours25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:3hours 

    1. Sift the white, wholemeal and buckwheat flours into a large bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Stir in the polenta, salt, yeast and sugar.
    2. Mix together the sunflower and pumpkin kernels and linseeds, then set aside 1 tablespoon for the topping. Stir the rest into the flour mixture.
    3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the oil and most of the water. Work the dry ingredients into the liquid to make a soft dough, adding water as needed. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
    4. Place in a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp tea-towel. Leave in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours, until doubled.
    5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knock it back with your knuckles, then knead firmly for a few minutes. Shape into a 20 cm round and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and leave to rise for 20–30 minutes or until well risen and springy to the touch.
    6. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C. Uncover the loaf and, using a sharp knife, cut the top deeply to mark it into 8 wedges. Brush with milk and sprinkle with the reserved kernels and seeds.
    7. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 200 degrees C. Bake for a further 15–20 minutes or until the loaf is golden-brown and sounds hollow when removed from the tray and tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack. This bread is best eaten on the day it is made.

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    This is a beautiful mix of textures. I made it without the extra seeds and that blend of flours worked wonderfully. When I restock the pantry, I'll try it again with seeds.  -  10 Jul 2014