Easy seed & grain loaf

Its been a long while since I made my last loaf back in the 90’s when I made all my bread, today I’m going to rectify that!


from of the BBC good food..

500g mixed grain flour
1 tbsp each sesame and poppy seeds, plus extra for topping
1 sachet fast-action yeast
1/2 tsp salt
300ml hand-hot water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp clear honey

  1. Tip the flour, seeds, yeast and salt into a large bowl. Mix the water, oil and honey in a jug, then pour into the dry mix, stirring all the time to make a soft dough. If it feels sticky, sprinkle in a little more flour.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead or 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky
  3. Allow to rise for 1 hour.
  4. Knead again to Knock back large air bubbles out and put into a 800g loaf tin
    1. Oil a 1.2-litre loaf tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hr, until it springs back when you press it with your finger. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.`
  5. Make eight slashes across the top of the loaf, brush with water and sprinkle alternately with poppy and sesame seeds. Bake for 30-35 mins until the loaf is risen and brown. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.



Pizza Recipe

KneadingI’ve been working on pizza’s ever since building a pizza oven here is my current recipe..

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 x 7 g dried yeast sachets
  • 1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • About 500 ml lukewarm water
  • 800 g strong white bread flour flour
  • 200g finely ground semolina flour

I divide up into 160g portions for each base.