Of course, we had to squeeze in one more healthy recipe before the month was over and today is all about bread. There is nothing more delicious than warm, homemade bread and the gorgeous smell that it fills your house with, so why not try making this super simple wholemeal bread? You could also make it using granary flour for a nuttier flavour.
- 500g strong wholewheat or granary flour
- 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon clear honey
- Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. In a separate bowl, stir 300ml of hand-hot water with the oil and honey, then stir this mixture into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.
- Oil your loaf tin and put the dough inside, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hour or until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.
- Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas mark 6. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife, then bake for 30-35 minutes, until the loaf is risen and golden. Tip it out on to a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave it cool completely, or serve up whilst slightly warm.
It’s as simple as that! Not all bread recipes require a bread machine, so everyone can give this a go. This would be something fun to do with kids and you’d have a yummy end product that you can toast or make sandwiches with. Just imagine a slice of still-warm homemade bread with jam.. mmmm!