Saturday, 31 January 2009

Graham's Bread!

Graham is one of our customers; he buys his flour from us at Elixir Health Foods and lives in Bodmin, Cornwall. His talent for bread-making has brought him into demand with a local pub, where the customers have quite rightly fallen in love with his delightful loaves and buns. He brought me in a couple of his buns and I too became a fan of his. Totally unselfish, he happily provided me with his recipe.

So don your pinny and go for it:


500g Mixed grain flour
50g Oatmeal
300g Strong white flour
1 sachet of dried yeast (7g) or 30g of fresh yeast
1 and half teaspoons of salt
50g butter
1 egg
500ml of warm water
Two and a half teaspoons of sugar

Sieve flour into a bowl, add sugar and salt then mix.
Melt butter and add to the water, egg and yeast in a separate jug.
Create a well in the centre of the flour than add contents of jug.
Stir until all flour has absorbed into the dough.
Cover with cling-film for 20-30 minutes, until doubled in size.
Once risen knead well (add flour as necessary).
Divide dough into two equal parts, shape and leave to rise again for a further 25-30 minutes.
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 190 degrees celsius.
Bread is cooked when it sounds hollow when tapped on the underside.
Leave to cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes - until done...

...and there you have it - Graham's bread - enjoy!

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