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Author Notes: A simple and versatile whole grain bread that satisfies my German bread cravings every time.
This recipe uses a mix of seeds for flavor but you can use other seeds, nuts or even dried tomatoes if you want. I also like adding caraway or fennel seeds or ground coriander. —Vera Kern
Makes 1 loaf
grams whole grain spelt flour
grams whole wheat flour
grams fresh yeast or 21 grams active dry yeast
milliliters luke warm water
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
grams sunflower seeds
grams pumpkin seeds
grams flax seed
butter to grease the pan
oats to coat the pan
seeds for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
- In a bowl large enough to hold all your ingredients mix the luke warm water with the yeast until it is fully dissolved. If you are using active dry yeast, give it 10 min to dissolve.
- Add the salt and dissolve.
- Mix in the spelt flour. I use a spatula but you can also use a handheld or stand mixer with the kneading hook(s).
- Add the whole wheat flour and mix until you have no more dry lumps.
- Stir in the balsamic vinegar.
- Add all the seeds and mix until they are more or less evenly distributed.
- Grease a loaf pan with the butter and coat loosely with the oats.
- Fill the pan with the dough, sprinkle with some more seeds and bake in the oven for one hour.
- Take the break out of the pan and let cool on a cooling rack.