I found this recipe in 'Davina's Sugar-Free In A Hurry' book - which I picked up in Spar for €6.99 coincidentally when I was in a hurry. An impulse buy that has come up trumps! I do love Davina - such a lovely lady, loads of energy and what a work ethic. Reading this book it looks like she makes loads of dough too (soz). This bread takes under an hour to make including prep and baking (provided you don't have to run to the shop because your buttermilk has gone off).
Makes 1 loaf – about 10 slices
Approx 177 kcal per slice
200g spelt flour (I use wholemeal) and save a little bit for dusting
100g wholemeal or rye flour (I use dark rye – just because it was right in front of me on the shelf in Aldi)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
50g rolled oats
50g mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin and sesame)
1 large egg
1 x 284ml carton of buttermilk
1 tbsp milk
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C / Fan 170°C / Gas 5. Line a baking tray with baking paper / parchment – make sure the shiny side is up or your bread will stick to it – I found this out the hard way (that note is from me not Davina).
2. Sift the flours and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the salt, oats and seeds (reserving a tablespoon of seeds for later) and mix everything together
3. Measure the buttermilk and mix the egg in (crack it first) with a whisk. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and then gradually add the liquid, stirring with a wooden spoon until it comes together into a ball.
4. Finish shaping the loaf into a ball with your hands, using extra flour to stop the dough sticking if you need to. Place the loaf on the baking tray and cut a cross in the top (I forgot to do that last time – didn’t make a difference). Brush the loaf with milk and scatter over the reserved seeds.
5. Bake the loaf in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until it is a pale golden and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom. Serve warm with butter. Freshly baked bread with melting butter is just one of my favourite things! It keeps really well for a few days but if you don’t get through it slice it up and put it in the freezer.