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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Health Bread

A variation on Irish Soda bread, baked in a tin if you are scared of free form loaves.

A seedy bread full of goodness and great with smoked salmon or just with  marmalade for breakfast,

Health Bread

10oz/275g coarse whole wheat flour (I like Odlums)
6oz/175g plain white flour
1 level teaspoon of bread soda
1 oz/25g butter or marg or olive oil
2oz/50g bran
1oz/25g wheat germ
1oz/25g sunflower seeds
1oz/25g sesame seeds
1 egg optional
½ litre butter milk

Pre heat the oven to 200c/gas 6. 
Sieve the plain flour and the bread soda together into a bowl.  Add the whole wheat flour.  Rub in the butter or marg or add the oil.  Add the bran, wheat germ, sesame and sunflower seeds.  Mix well.

Beat the egg in a separate bowl.  Add the butter milk, and turn the wet mixture into the dry, mixing well to combine, without beating.

Turn into an oiled 2lb loaf tin and press down gently.  Scatter more sesame seeds on top and place in the oven to bake for 40 mins or until it is well browned. Turn out of the tin to cool.  

And in case you think I only bake healthy bread, I promise a sweet recipe next.  

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