I will hold up my hand and say that this isn’t originally one of my recipes – its from Lorraine Pascale (Book – A Lighter Way To Bake). However, this is by far one of my favourite recipes of bread to make at home, its so easy and so full of flavour!
– Spray oil
– 150g strong white bread flour (plus extra for dusting)
– 150g strong wholemeal bread flour
– 75g rolled oats, plus 3 tsp for sprinkling
– 1 1/2 tsp fast-action dried yeast
– 1 tsp salt
– 225ml warm water
– 3 tbsp honey
– 1 lightly beaten egg
1) You will need a 1&1/2 lb loaf tin
2) Preheat the oven to 160C fan and spray the inside of the loaf tin with oil.
3) Put the flours and oats into a bowl and put the salt on one side and the yeast on the other so that they don’t mix.
4) Make a well in the centre and pour in the water and honey.
5) Mix everything together well to give a smooth, soft dough ball – If doing by machine use the dough hook, combine the ingredients and then continue to knead for 5-6 minutes. Otherwise, put the dough onto a clean work surface sprinkled with a little flour and knead for about 10 minutes.
6) Shape the dough into a rugby ball shape with a nice smooth and taut top and place in the loaf tin.
7) Spray the top of the loaf with some of the oil and then cover it with cling film so that it is airtight, but loose enough to allow room for the loaf to grow.
8) Leave the dough in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until the loaf has doubled in size (during the winter, this could take an age, but try not to leave it in direct sunlight)
9) Once the bread has risen, remove the cling film, brush with the egg and sprinkle over the extra oats. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top and sounding hollow when tapped underneath.
10) Loosen the loaf from the tine and leave it too cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Tips and Ideas
I find this easier to mix and knead in my Kitchen Aid, however I have tried it free hand and it isn’t too bad at all!
It is quite a dense bread I would say, but still quiet light in taste, and is amazing when toasted!
I hope you all enjoy!