I’m really excited about this post! With it comes a couple of firsts; my first loaf of bread and my first feature post! Today I’m featuring my friend Marjan Hansell. The other day she sent me a photo of a gorgeous loaf of bread with no caption, I assumed she got the photo from the internet or bought the bread from a bakery. It wasn’t until later that she said “mmm my bread is so good” and I was wait you made that!?! Send me the recipe immediately! So I couldn’t make this post without sending her a huge shout out for the inspiration of the day! See below the photo of Marjan’s bread.
She sent me the recipe which you can find here : The Minimalist Baker
I made it today and let me tell you it is a great feeling to see something come out of the oven that looks like you purchased from a bakery. It was SO easy, I know you are all capable of creating this and the best part? 7 ingredients. This is what you’ll need:
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 3 cups flour (I used whole wheat because that’s all I had) 🌾
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 3/4 tbsp yeast
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup craisins (original recipe says raisins but nah)
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
That’s it! One thing to note thought is that there is a couple “resting” periods which you will need to plan ahead for. Maybe make the dough and let sit while you go get groceries or run other errands.
Combine the first 4 ingredients together.
Cover and chill in the fridge for 2 hours.It should have raised a bit over the 2 hours. When it comes out kneed it a few times and put the remaining ingredients on top. Kneed them into the bread, trying to keep the majority of them contained within the dough. If they surface no biggie, but the ones on the outside could burn, if that happens just brush them off after it’s cooked.
When you are ready to bake, make a few slashes on the top.Bake at 450* for 30 mins until golden brown. I love how mine and Marjan’s look so different but still good. I used whole wheat flour because it’s all I had so mine is a bit darker. I personally think hers is much prettier!!
Once your bread is cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, slice and enjoy! So delicious to enjoy while warm with butter and honey.
I will definitely make this again and was thinking of putting my own spin on it and doing a savoury version with cheese and jalapeño? I’m expecting to hit a huge nut and seed jackpot once I get to the centre of this loaf.