Friday, 21 November 2008

Super nutritious walnut and seed bread

Sylvie over at A Pot Of Tea And A Biscuit has tagged me to bake bread as part of the worldwide blogger bakeoff. I love baking bread and as this was for a good cause too I was more than willing to participate.Breadline Africa is a charity that is working to put an end to poverty in Africa by helping communities help themselves. The aim is that the communities will become self sustaining and therefore require no further aid.

On Blog Action Day, Breadline Africa launched their Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off campaign. The aim is to raise $1 million in funds for a project to convert shipping containers into locations for food production and distribution in Africa. It is hoped that these sustainable community kitchens will not only provide food such as bread and soup to those in need, but also opportunities for skills development within poor communities.

So how does it work?
My submission for the bake-off is my super nutritious walnut and seed bread. Not only does this bread taste really good but it is really nutritious too!Soft light and full of flavour it is particuarly good with cheese of for dunking in soup.I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, if you've read this consider yourself tagged! Go on you know you want to join in!
150g Strong wholemeal bread flour.

350g Strong white bread flour.

1 7g Sachet of instant yeast.

2 Tsp brown sugar.

1 Tsp Salt.

30g Each of crushed walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

2 Tbsp olive oil.

300ml Warm water.

2 Tbsp olive oil.
Prepare a baking sheet by lightly dusting with flour or lining with baking paper.

In a large bowl mix the two flours together.

Add the yeast, salt, sugar, walnuts and seeds and mix everything together.

Make a well in the centre and add the oil and warm water.

Gradually incorporate the flour into the water and work into a dough. Knead for a good 10 minutes. (if it's too wet or dry and this point add a little more flour or water, it should feel just slightly sticky)

Cover the dough with a place of oiled cling-film and leave in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to gas 6/200c/400f.

After the dough has doubled in size knock it back and knead for a minute more, shape into a round and place on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and leave to double in size once more.

When the dough has doubled bake for around 30 minutes or until golden.


Pam said...

Now that is one beautiful loaf of bread - great baking Sam!

Christina said...

I know what I'm making for my dad. He enjoys hearty breads that pair well with cheese, so I know this would be winner.

As usual, Sam, it look amazing!

Joie de vivre said...

Oooh, the crumb looks great. I may not be able to bake bread right away (does bread machine count)? but it does sound like a worthy cause.

mikky said...

what a great looking loaf... i wish i can make one... and you have a good heart... :)

Sam said...

Pam: Thanks!

Christina: I hope your Dad likes it!

Joie de vivre: Thanks! a bread machine is fine, you can make whatever you want to.

Mikky: Thanks Mikky!

Cooking and the City said...

Sam that bread looks so tasty & what a very worthwhile cause! :-)

Foodycat said...

Oh Sam! That is gorgeous! I am so impressed that you got such a light crumb.

nicisme said...

Nice bread, full of flavour. You've put me to shame, I must get baking!

Margaret said...

That loaf of bread looks particularly good.

Pilar - Lechuza said...

its the first time I visit your blog and this bread is realy good looking!! So delicious!! Congratulations for your baking.
Regards from Spain