This loaf can be made – start to finish – in under 2 hours and so is a god-sent recipe for impromptu meals.
I always use wholemeal flour from Lurgashall Mill, just a few miles away. It is good to search out local flour mills whenever you can: generally the quality – -and the prices – are great!
Ingredients (1 loaf)
- 300 ml warm water (~40degC)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 15g of fresh yeast)
- 1 tablespoon runny honey
- 125 g strong white flour
- 140 g wholemeal flour
- 100 g rolled oats (not instant oats)
- 40g mixed seeds – sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, linseed, poppy: you choose!
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
- 10g butter
- In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast onto the warm water and stir until the yeast dissolves. Stir in the honey and set aside until the yeast blooms and swells a bit – 5 – 10 minutes.
- Mix in the flours, oats, mixed seeds and salt and stir very well. Allow to relax for a few minutes.
- Grease a loaf pan generously with the butter. Turn the dough into the tin, cover with a clean, slightly damp cloth, and set in a warm place for 60 minutes, to rise.
- Preheat the oven to 180C, with a rack in the middle. When ready, bake the bread for 35-40 minutes, until golden and pulling away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from oven, and turn the bread out of the pan immediately. Let it cool on a rack so it doesn’t steam in the pan.
Serve warm, slathered with butter. Heaven.