How to Make a Multi-Seeded Wholemeal Bread Loaf

Should you require a more dense loaf add more wholemeal flour than white flour.

Be careful though as wholemeal flour is very heavy and the white flour helps to lighten the loaf.

Makes one 500g wholemeal loaf

Ingredients For Wholemeal Bread:

  • 150ml milk
  • 7g yeast sachet
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 125g wholemeal flour
  • 125g strong white flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs mixed seeds (poppy, sunflower etc)

How To Make Wholemeal Bread:

  • Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring to just below the boil, then leave to cool slightly.
  • Add the sugar to the yeast in a bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of the warm milk, stir and dissolve.
  • Cut the butter in cubes and place into the remaining milk to melt.
  • Mix the flours and salt in a large bowl, then add most of the yeast liquid. Mix to combine. If it is too dry add the remaining milk/butter.
  • When the dough has formed, tip out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough in to prove. Cover with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place to prove for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
  • Remove the clingfilm and knock back the dough by pressing your finger tips into it.
  • Tip out onto your work surface and sprinkle in the seeds. Knead again for about 3 minutes.
  • Shape into a loaf size by rolling the dough up under itself.
  • Place into your lightly oiled 500g loaf tin and cover with clingfilm again to prove a second time
  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade fan/gas mark 6.
  • Once the dough has risen again, dust with flour and a few extra seeds then bake in the oven for approximately 25 – 30 minutes until golden.
  • If you turn out the loaf and tap the bottom, it should sound hollow. If it doesn’t return to the oven for a few more minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack
  • Enjoy.

When using a food mixer the dough hook is ideal for kneading but make sure you use a low speed. Over working the dough in a food mixer is very easy to do and will result in a heavy loaf.