We have been spending some time in Norway with an old friend who makes exceptional bread (actually he cooks a lot of great things, but his bread is something else). Thought you might like to see how he does it. This bread is a staple in his household. He freezes slices of it and then pulls them out for school lunches and breakfasts. Apparently, this bread is so popular that at recess his kid’s friends often ask to trade sandwiches so that they can get a bit.
You will need the following ingredients (for two loaves):
625 grams all-purpose flour
250 grams whole-wheat flour (preferably coarsely ground)
½ cup linseed
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup quick oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
½ pumpkin seeds
1 Tbls salt
1 package active dry yeast
1 liter lukewarm water
Measure all the ingredients and combine everything but the yeast and water in a mixing bowl.
Add the packet of dry yeast to the lukewarm water and stir until blended.
Using the dough attachment of a stand mixer (if you don’t have one you can use a hand mixer with the pastry attachments – the curly ones), blend all ingredients for about two minutes or until the mixture is properly combined. It will be sticky and runny – don’t be alarmed.
Cover with a dish towel and leave it to rise for about an hour.
After an hour the dough should have risen. It might even bubble a little.
Grease two loaf pans with butter and divide the mixture between the pans.
Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius/ 375 degree Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating up leave the dough to rise for about ten more minutes. If you fancy, sprinkle a few oats on top. Once the oven has heated up, put the loaves in the oven for one hour. If you want a crispy crust, you can spritz the loaves with water every now and then.
After an hour, take the loaves out and let them rest in the pans for a little until you take them out to let them cool.
Once they have cooled, the loaves are ready to be eaten.
Danny made some great toppings for his sandwiches. He used pear, brie, honey, and walnuts or boiled eggs and caviar or prosciutto, cheddar cheese, arugula, red pepper, and balsamic or ham, cottage cheese, prosciutto, and red pepper. Bon appetite! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Let me know if you have any questions.