Last month was the inaugural month of "Bready, Steady, Go!" the monthly bread baking challenge created and hosted alternate months by me and Jen from Jen's Food.
I bake bread several times a week, we don't buy bread any more, we make it all at home. One of our favourite breads, especially for after school snacks, is Fruit and Seeded Wholemeal Bread. A slice or two of this bread spread with peanut butter, and accompanied by a glass of milk, will take care of hunger pangs until dinner time.
Deciding that the challenge for Bready, Steady, Go in May would be "Bread with Bits" was clearly influenced by our fondness for bread with flavourful additions. You could add fruit, nuts, seeds, cheese, vegetables, herbs, meat, pulses or other flavourful culinary additions. I can't wait to see what you make! Here's our favourite bread recipe at the moment, it is so easy, just one prove then bake.
Fruit and Seeded Wholemeal Bread
175g strong wholemeal bread flour
175g strong white bread flour
75g porridge oats
75g dried fruit
75g mixed seeds
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp fast action instant yeast
2 Tblsp oil
2 Tblsp golden/maple syrup
250ml milk, or soy/almond milk
Grease a 900g/2 lb loaf tin.j
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add the liquid ingredients and then mix until a smooth dough forms.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth then shape and put in the greased tin. Cover with greased clingfilm and leave to prove until doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas Mark 7. Remove the clingfilm from the proved loaf and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. The loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom when it's cooked.
Bready Steady Go! will run until the 28th of each month and then a round up will be posted by the hosting blog at the end of the month.
You can link up any bread recipe, sometimes we may also run themed challenges, and feel free to join in with other challenges if your post also meets their guidelines. If you really love baking bread then you can add multiple entries up to a maximum of 3 per blog each month.
Please link back to Jen’s Food and Utterly Scrummy Food For Families and include the badge to help spread the word.
We’d prefer to see entries from new blog posts where possible but you can also add old posts if you add the badge and link back to our blogs as well.
You can tweet your entries to @JensFood and @UtterlyScrummy using the hashtag #breadysteadygo and we will retweet all that we see.
All entries will also pinned to our new Pinterest board as they come in.
If you make a recipe from a book/magazine/website etc please respect copyright and do not reproduce the recipe verbatim. Instead of copying out the recipe from the book, describe it in your own words and if it’s from an online source please link to the original content.
So what are you waiting for? Bready, Steady, Go bake some bread!