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Walnut Bread

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  Wholemeal flour 15 Ounce (425 g /3 1/4 cups)
  Strong white flour 5 Ounce (150 g /1 1/4 cups)
  Salt 2 1⁄2 Teaspoon (12.5 ml)
  Lukewarm water 18 Fluid Ounce (525 ml /2 1/4 cups)
  Clear honey 15 Milliliter (1 tbsp)
  Easy blend dried yeast 15 Milliliter (1 tbsp)
  Walnut pieces 5 Ounce (150 g /1 1/4 cups, plus more for decorating)
  Egg 1 , beaten (for glazing)

1. Mix together the flours and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in 250 ml / 8 fl oz / 1 cup of the water, the honey and the yeast.
2. Set aside until the yeast dissolves and the mixture is frothy.
3. Add the remaining water. With a wooden spoon, stir from the centre, incorporating flour with each turn, to obtain a smooth dough. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky and use your hands if the dough becomes too stiff to stir.
4. Transfer to a floured board and knead, adding flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl and roll the dough around in the bowl to coat thoroughly all over.
5. Cover with a plastic bag and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.
6. Punch down the dough very firmly and knead in the walnuts until they are evenly distributed.
7. Grease a baking sheet. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. Press in the walnut pieces to decorate the top. Cover the dough loosely with a damp dish towel and leave in a warm place for about 25-30 minutes until doubled in size.
8. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/ Gas 7. With a sharp knife, score the top of the loaf and brush with the egg glaze. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 and bake until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 40 minutes. Leave to cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
120 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
140 Minutes

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