Brown seeded wholemeal bread recipe

 

Looking for a bread recipe full of wholesome goodness? This loaf of brown seeded wholemeal bread is bursting with healthy grains and kernels. Great for using up the various bits and pieces you might have waiting in your store cupboard!

Seeded wholemeal bread

Seeded wholemeal bread recipe

Makes one loaf of brown seeded bread.

Day 1 – Prepare sourdough & flaxseed soaker

Sourdough

  • 15g sourdough starter
  • 50g dark rye flour
  • 100g wholemeal flour (wheat or spelt)
  • 150g water
  • Combine these ingredients in a medium bowl, cover and keep at room temperature for approx. 16 hours.

Flaxseed soaker

  • 40g flax seeds (golden or brown)
  • 100g water
  • Combine in a small bowl and cover for approx. 16 hours.

Day 2 – Prepare the toasted seeds & dough

Prepare the toasted seed mix 

  • 5 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 5 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • You can replace some of the above and mix in some rolled oats or poppy seeds or even some chopped nuts, whatever you have available or feel like.
  • Place the seeds in a frying pan (no oil!) and toast the mixed seeds for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, then leave to cool. (Alternatively, you can toast the seed mix in the oven at 150°C).

Prepare the main dough

  • 300g sourdough from day 1
  • Flaxseed soaker from day 1
  • Toasted seed mix (as per the above)
  • 600g wholemeal flour (wheat or spelt)
  • 300g water
  • 10g salt
  • Combine the sourdough, wholemeal flour, water and salt in a large bowl, then knead for 10 minutes. It’s important to get the consistency of the dough right, so make sure it’s not too dry and not too wet. Add some more water if the dough is hard to knead. If in doubt – wetter is better!
  • Cover and leave to rest in a warm place for ½ hour.
  • Butter a lidded pullman loaf tin, then move the dough from the bowl into the tin. Squash the dough in quite firmly and evenly.
  • Cover the tin with the lid and place in the fridge overnight or approx. 12 – 16 hours.

Day 3 – Bake

Take the pullman loaf tin out of the fridge and  preheat the oven to 190°C for 20 minutes.

  • Brush the top of the dough with water and sprinkle some more sunflower seeds on top.
  • Bake at 190°C for 1 hour. Remove the bread from the tin approx. 15 minutes before the hour is up and put back into the oven – the bread will get a much better crust that way.
  • Remove from the loaf pan, wrap in a clean kitchen towel and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Seeded wholemeal bread close-up

The brown seeded wholemeal loaf is delicious for breakfast and perfect also with salted butter and peppered, smoked mackerel or potato, root vegetable and sour cream soup.