the perfect bread recipe

In my quest for eating better it’s hard to abstain from certain favorite foods.
A staple in my diet has always been bread. I love german bread, the crunchy crusts and the rich taste (seriously, you have to try german bread!).
As a result of my changed diet however I’m trying to stay away from gluten, lactose (often added to bread) and empty carbs as much as possible.
I had already switched to grain/seed bread but I wanted to try and see if I could find a recipe for baking a nice grain bread at home. I love baking at home and it would give me full control over the ingredients. I looked up some recipes and found a winner quickly!

easy grain bread. little home by hand blog.

I deviated very little from the original recipe but since the source is in German, here’s my translation:

  • 500ml lukewarm water
  • 600g flour ( I used half whole spelt flour, half normal spelt flour)
  • 200g seed of your choice (I use a mix of oats, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds / linseed)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (can be substituted with honey or other sweeteners)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages dry yeast (in german packages that would be enough for 1000g flour)

Dissolve yeast in the warm water with the sugar. Add the flour, seeds and salt. Mix throroughly (the dough is quite wet) and let rise for 30 minutes. Form into a bread shape or fill a loaf pan with the dough and bake at 200°C (ca. 400°F) for 45-60 minutes, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Yes, it really is that easy!

easy grain bread. little home by hand blog.

Let the bread cool before cutting and enjoy a filling homemade bread!

So why is this better than storebought bread?
a. The taste of freshly baked bread is divine
b. I used spelt flour instead of wheat flour. Spelt flour is not gluten free but it is much easier to digest than wheat for most people. I also like the taste better.
c. No additives, no added lactose
d. You get to choose the seeds you like best in your bread

The recipe resulted in quite a large bread, so I froze half of it and ate the other half within 6 days. I don’t know how long it keeps but it was fine for the week.
Ultimately I want to try making my own sourdough starter but right now this recipe feels like a great start!

easy grain bread. little home by hand blog.

 

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12 thoughts on “the perfect bread recipe

  1. Sera

    ooh it looks lovely! I really want to try the sourdough route as well, but feel like I haven’t got the time right now to feed it and care for it. Maybe I’ll try starting one in summer 🙂

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  2. Kristina Post author

    Thanks everyone 🙂
    @Sera, exactly, I really wouldn’t have the time for a sourdough starter either at this point, so I’m happy with this easy recipe for the moment.
    @Lindsay, do let me know how you like it when you try it!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Do let me know how you like it! To be honest I was surprised it’s not very different from normal wheat flour…I think it tastes nicer but it’s not a huge difference really

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  3. Martha

    Wow it looks delicious. I love crusty breads. They are my favorite. I love baking but have not tried a lot of bread making. I want to give this a try looks so yummy.

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  4. Stefanie Neumann

    Es stimmt, in Deutschland gibt es köstliche Brote – und selbstgebackenes Brot ist ohnehin am aller Besten! Vielleicht probiere ich dieses Rezept auch bei Gelegenheit mal aus.

    Meinen Mann würde das sicher freuen. Er kommt aus den USA und liebt deutsches Brot.

    (For the English readers: It is true – you “have” to try German bread!!)

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