Wheat, Seed and Honey Bread
Give yourself a bit of time to enjoy this bread making project. For larger families bake a double batch, as this bread is delicious as French toast, simply toast, or with sandwich fillings and will disappear quickly.
Tip: Toasting the seeds intensifies the rich flavour. Purchase yeast by the jar, as you will be baking bread more often with this fast, easy technique.
Prep Time: 1.5 hours, including roasting time
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 2 large loaves, 16 slices each
3 cups (750 mL) all purpose wheat flour
2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp (30 mL) 2 8g packets instant rise yeast
2 tsp (10 mL) salt
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (30 mL + 5 mL) toasted sesame seeds, poppyseeds, sunflower seeds and/or flax
2½ cups (635 mL) very warm water (130°F/55°C)
¼ cup (60 mL) canola oil
2 Tbsp (30 mL) liquid honey
In a large mixing bowl, or mixer bowl with a bread hook, blend all purpose and whole wheat flour with yeast, salt and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) each of the toasted seeds.
In a large measuring cup whisk warm water, canola and honey. With the dough hook on low speed, or with a wooden spoon slowly add liquid to dry ingredients to make a soft dough. If too sticky, add a little more all purpose wheat flour. Knead with dough hook for five mins, or turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, elastic and no longer sticky, about 10 mins.
Lightly grease two 8x10 inch (1.2 L) loaf pans and divide dough evenly into pans. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to rise for one hour, or until dough springs back when pressed and has doubled in size.
Dough can be baked "free form" in a round or oval shape, let rise on a large baking pan.
Before baking make six to eight shallow slashes across surface of each loaf. Brush with water or milk and sprinkle remaining seed mixture over top. The slashes and moisture will bake the seeds onto the loaves.
Allow to rest until oven is preheated to 350°F (180°C). Place loaves on the middle rack and bake for 30- 35 mins until brown on top and hollow sounding when lightly tapped.
Remove from pans and cool before slicing.