With the summer season upon us, treat the whole family to freshly made home-baked loaves for picnics and barbeques.
Rye-Wheat Macadamia and Sultana Bread
Ingredients for one small loaf or approximately 8-9 small rolls.
- 75g white sponge
- 100g strong white flour
- 100g light rye flour
- 140ml warm water
- 7g yeast
- 4g salt (5g if using saltless sponge)
- 5ml vegetable oil
- 40g macadamia nuts
- 40g sultanas
- Mix the strong white flour, rye flour, water, yeast, salt and sponge to form a dough.
- After the mix has come together, add the vegetable oil, then gently mix in the nuts and sultanas.
- Leave to stand for an hour in a warm draft free place (or just before the surface of the dough begins to crack).
- Shape as it is soft enough into the “torpedo” shape by flattening the dough then tucking in the sides before rolling up into a boat like shape.
- Fold the sides together before rolling on the board to seal the dough.
- Place on a greased tray before leaving to stand for about 45 minutes.
- Move them to the oven just as fine surface cracking is beginning to show.
- Dust with flour and slash 3 diagonal cuts across their backs or one long slash down their length.
- Bake in the oven at 220-225°C for 25-35 minutes.
To make small rolls use approximately 50g portions and mould in the same way.
If you do not have white sponge, add 50g more to the white flour and raise the water to 170ml.
Macadamia nuts are also high is beneficial monounsaturated fats which are proven to help reduce bad cholesterol levels as well as being a good source of protein and fibre. Further information and research about the health benefits of Macadamia nuts is available from the Macadamia Advice Centre website at www.macadamias.org.uk or by calling the helpline for more information on 020 7436 8800.
Do you have any good bread recipes or recipes using macadamia nuts that you would like to share?