Risk free, no brainer baking. Perfect! If you have never made bread before, start here…….if you’re a pro kneader, give this one a whirl, you’ll be surprised by the results.
This is bread making without all the fuss and mess. In fact, its as simple as; combining, baking, eating. This is a light loaf, with a slightly crumbly finish, like an Irish soda bread (without the faint twang of soda). You can really taste the yoghurt which is a nice addition, giving richness to the loaf.
This is a bread that we make regularly and is perfect for a quick loaf in a hurry. There is no proving or hanging around with this one. Mix it up, whack it in the oven and before you know it, your whole house is fragrant with the joys of imminent warm bread. Homemade bread is the only way to go and with recipes like this, its hassle free.
Adding sparkling water to your baking really adds a lightness to proceedings. Normal water works fine here also.
Modified from the awesome vegan baking book ‘The Vegan Baker’ by Dunja Gulin
The Bits – Makes a 1/2kg loaf (around 8-10 slices)
275g unbleached white flour
125g wholewheat flour
2 teas baking powder
50g rolled oats
1 ½ teas salt
250ml soya milk
225ml water (sparkling water is best)
4 tbs soya yoghurt (unsweetened)
2 tbs olive oil
3 tbs rolled oats
1/2 teas caraway seeds
2 tbs flax/linseeds or sunflower seeds (any seed will do….)
Preheat an oven to 220oC (425oF).
Sift the white flour with the baking powder, then stir in the oats and salt. Mix well.
Mix in the wet ingredients and combine well with a trusty wooden spoon until a sticky dough is formed. It should be easy to spoon, add a touch more water if needed.
Line a loaf tin with oiled baking parchment, the neater, the better. Sprinkle half of the seed mix on the base and then spoon in the bread mix. Level with a spatula (a wet one works best) and sprinkle over the rest of the seed mix.
Pop in the oven and lower heat to 200oC (400oF) and bake for an hour. If you’re using a fan oven, check after 30 minutes that the top is not burning (our oven is a beast and tends to burn tops). Cover with more parchment if this is happening.
Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin. Turn out and peel off paper. Leave to cool further on a wire rack, the crust will now crisp up nicely.
Store as you do, this bread lasts well, 5 days.
Warm with Marmite and good olive oil or some of Jane’s lovely Apple and Tomato Chutney (coming soon on the B.H.K). This loaf is a good toaster.
Oats are a concentrated source of fibre and nutrients, a pocket battleship so to speak. They are very high in minerals like manganese, phosphorous and copper. It contains beta-glucan, which is a special type of fibre that actually lowers cholesterol. Isn’t nature kind! Have loads of fibre also means that oats help to stabilise our blood sugar level, meaning a better metabolism and less freaky weight gain. Oats are very cool.