Recipe – Wholemeal Bread with Pepitas & Sesame Seeds

Baking bread is something I do from time to time. I do not like most bread you can buy here because the
majority are made with white flour and taste very bad. I suppose growing up with my Mum baking fresh bread
every few days has opened my eyes to different types of flour and adding seeds to them etc. I mean two
slices of freshly baked bread is enough to satisfy the pangs of hunger for hours. In Europe there are many
different types of breads to choose from but here there are not.
Baking bread is a fun thing to do and it is really very quick too.
Wholemeal Bread

610 g wholemeal four
410 ml warm water (approx 30C)
2 tsp dry yeast
A handful of pepitas
A handful of sesame seeds
1 tsp almond milk
Wholemeal Bread

Pour the wholemeal flour in a bowl then add the yeast then small amounts of the water mixing it together until it has formed a dough
Place the dough onto a surface area like your kitchen bench, add the pepitas and knead for 10 minutes
Return the dough to the bowl and place a t-towel over the dough then take the bowl to a warm area of the house and leave for 40 minutes to rise
Preheat the oven to 220C
After 40 minutes gently degas the dough gently and knead gently then place the dough into a loaf tin
Return the loaf tin to the warm area in your house and leave for 30 minute or until the dough has sufficiently risen enough
Now add almond milk to the top of the dough and place sesame seeds and pepitas on top
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes @ 220C

Note: Why does bread rise ? The yeast reacts with the water creating carbon dioxide. As the gas is lighter than
the dough it rises which makes the bread rise.