Having widened my horizons from eating just white toast bread until a couple of years ago, to the wonderful wide world of the almost endless varieties of this very versatile staple, all the way to starting baking bread myself a few months ago, I'm pretty new to the bread baking businesss.
However, after starting late, I have caught on with fervor, and love trying out new variations. Whenever I bake bread, and see it rising in the oven, my heart does a little tapdance and a smile visits my face.
I started with standard bread recipes, and this was my first own variation. It turned out to be a hit with the neighbours and my hubby, and I hope you like it too!
100 gram - all purpose flour
100 gram - whole wheat flour
10 tbsp - low fat milk
1 1/2 tbsp - sunflower oil
1 tsp - dried yeast
1/2 tsp - white sugar
3/4 tsp - salt
2 tbsp - chives, finely chopped
2 tbsp - coriander leaves, finely chopped
3 tbsp - spinach, shredded
some milk to brush the bread
a few assorted seeds to sprinkle on the bread (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower etc)
- Preheat the oven to 200 degree C and grease a baking tray.
- Place the milk, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Mix well and leave in a warm place until frothy, about 10 - 15 minutes
- Sift the flours, chives, coriander leaves, spinach and salt into a bowl. Rub in the oil until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix to form a soft but manageable dough( add 1 tbsp of flour at a time, if the dough is too sticky, but avoid adding too much of flour).
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until double in size (about an hr).
- Turn out onto a floured surface, knead again lightly and shape the dough into a loaf.
- Allow the loaves to rest on a greased baking tray, covered loosely with a plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
- Remove the plastic wrap. Brush the top of the loaves with some milk and sprinkle the seeds.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack completely.