A couple of weeks ago I attended a lovely baking workshop with Marriage’s flour at the beautiful Regal Kitchens in Chelmsford. It was so fabulous to watch a skilled baker making beautiful bread from scratch. You all always ask about healthy bread recipes, so here I am sharing what I learned with my clean eating wholemeal bread recipe.
I was so pleasantly surprised that Marriage flours are local millers who have been milling flour in Essex since 1824. It is very much a family run business and today the 5th and 6th generations of the Marriage family continue in the milling tradition. Their flour ranges from traditional white strong flours to organic ranges and wholemeal flours. They also specialise in dark rye, light spelt or strong malted seeded flour.
Their baker Kevin, who gave me all their secrets on how to make this clean eating wholemeal bread recipe perfect, was so knowledgeable and passionate, it was a pleasure to learn from him. As I mentioned above, the workshop took place at the beautiful Regal Kitchens and we were able to test the amazing Neff ovens. These powerful machines can actually prove the dough in the oven and then bake it! I think I know what I will be asking Santa for Christmas.
All the attendees left with 2 delicious loaves (Sofia demolished half of the loaf within 15 minutes), loads of lovely goodies and empowered and encouraged to make their own bread. I thought I have to share what I learned with you, because nothing beats homemade bread, the shop bought versions are no where near when it comes to taste, ingredients and originality. I actually find dough kneading very therapeutic, while working out my arms at the same time.
Today’s clean eating wholemeal bread recipe calls only for simple ingredients, nothing artificial required. I will be using fresh yeast, because I got some kindly given at the workshop, but you can use dried yeast too. This recipe will work in a bread machine, but my only suggestion would be to follow manufacturer’s instructions especially when to add the ingredients and water. This recipe makes 2 small loaves, or 1 large loaf.
Btw. How do you like your bread? I served mine 3 ways. One with mashed avocado and radishes, another with Coyo yogurt, pecans and a drizzle of coconut nectar and the third way, a healthy Nutella spread with banana slices and chia seeds.
Here is the clean eating wholemeal bread recipe
- 500g wholemeal flour
- 14g fresh yeast or 7g dried fast action yeast
- 10g olive oil
- 7g sea salt
- 330ml lukewarm water
- Preheat your oven to 220 degrees and grease your bread tin.
- In a bowl mix all the ingredients including the water (use your hands, it is the easiest way)
- Tip the dough on the table and knead for a good 10 minutes (it will be slightly sticky, but don’t worry)
- Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave it in a warm place to rest for 45 minutes. It should increase in size.
- After 45 minutes mould the dough round to the shape of your bread tin.
- Place the dough in the bread tin, cover again with a damp tea towel and let rest for another 60 minutes
- Once the time is up, uncover and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes
- Remove bread from the tin and let it cool down on a wire rack.
- The way to know if the bread is ready is by tapping the bottom of the loaf. If it sounds hollow it is done
You are of course all invited to come along! There will be 2 sessions at 12pm and 6pm and the best bit is, it’s for FREE!!! Just drop an email to the lovely Emma at [email protected]
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