So excited for you to try this week’s recipe, an absolutely delicious Five Seed Sourdough. If you’ve never tried making your own homemade bread before, or sourdough for that matter, you are in for a treat. This recipe is super easy, requires only a handful of ingredients, is packed with healthy polyunsaturated fats and omegas from the super seed blend, and there’s no fancy bread maker required. You don’t even need to knead the dough, or roll it out on a floured board leaving a small dust cloud in your wake. Just a food processor, a plain old bread tin, and an oven, and this delicious homemade fermented loaf will be yours.
I personally held off making bread for years. Seemed much too ominous, all that proving, fermenting, kneading, getting temperatures just right, then baking without it flopping in the middle or over cooking around the edges. Plus, it seemed so much easier to purchase from the store when bread is so readily available. That is until I came to realise the difference between store bread and “real” bread. The latter being that which is made with just a few simple ingredients, no eggs, thickeners, preservatives, or refined bleached flours required. Real bread that tastes amazing, is a filling and nutritious meal in itself, and is beautifully macronutrient balanced with plenty of protein and healthy fats, alongside its low GI, energy sustaining and vitamin rich complex carbohydrates.
We tried a lot of bread whilst we were in Europe recently, and oh my do the Baltic and Scandinavian nations do their bread well. Beautiful dense rye breads, filled with hemp and pumpkin seeds, and flavoured with dollops of molasses and traditionally brewed beer. The flavours were incredible, the textures so moist and almost chewy, and the experience simply divine. We ate bread like this three times a day for almost a month, and our digestion never felt better.
So when we got back, I knew I had to create something equally delicious for the blog, so you could enjoy this gorgeous bread at home too. After a number of trials, this delicious Five Seed Sourdough is my final and favourite version. I’ve made one of these loaves every third day the past few weeks, and can’t get enough of it. It lasts beautifully in the cupboard for up to five days, and equally slices perfectly (no crumbly bits) to be stored in the freezer. Although truth be told, it’s never made it to our freezer in time!
Once you’ve tried making your own bread, there truly is nothing better than the delicious warming smells of a home baked loaf wafting out of your oven. You’ll find this recipe can easily fit into your busy week too, with only an evening needed to prep (15 minutes), then a few days later a short burst in the oven and you're done.
I hope you give this gorgeous loaf a go, and would love to hear about your bread-making experience! Leave me a comment below, and if you share your version on Instagram, tag me @begoodorganics and #begoodorganics so I can come see how yours turns out.
Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday, and til next week, stay happy and well!
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Makes 1 loaf
Takes 15 mins + 50 mins to bake (+ 3 days wait for sourdough method)
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Always use certified organic, local and fairly traded ingredients wherever possible5 c rye flour