Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C
Large bowl for dry ingredients
Small bowl for wet ingredients
Butter knife or other non-sharp knife
200g graham flour
300g whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Juice of one lemon
2 tsp honey
1. Mix the two kinds of flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in the large bowl.
Add your extra ingredients and flavours at this point. You could add dried herbs, spices, raisins, dried figs, nuts, seeds...ANYTHING you like!
2. Juice one lemon and add to 400ml of milk to make butter milk. Mix until the mil thickens.
Add the honey and mix.
Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients bit by bit, mixing with a knife.
The consistency of the dough will be surprisingly wet and sticky! If it's runny, add some more flour until it turn sticky.
3. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper or a silicone mat if you have one (I'm using up my Costco bulk buy and then switching to silicone).
Wet your hands and shape into a ball.
4. Wet a sharp knife and make a deep cross into the top of the dough.
Bake for 40 mins at 200 degrees C.
NOTE: I've tried this recipe with a mix of rye, strong white flour and wholemeal and other combos too. As long as you have 500g of dry flour ingredients, it should work.
Here are some breads I've tried and LOVED:
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