I have been trying to perfect my bread making skills for months now and it wasn’t until I went home a few weeks ago to visit my parents that I got a proper bread making tutorial from my mum and she showed me the tricks of the trade. This is her recipe and it’s really simple to make and tastes rather yummy. I love making bread, it’s such a therapeutic process and is good for the soul.
Here in Doha, buttermilk is not available so I use Laban, which is a popular natural yogurt drink or else I will use milk and lemon juice which have the same effect.
250g wholemeal flour
250g plain flour
1 small tspn bread soda
1 tblspn olive oil
500 ml Buttermilk
Handful of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed and oats
Heat the oven to 200 °C.
Sieve the wholemeal flour, plain flour and bread soda together in a mixing bowl.
Lift up the flour through your hands to aerate it.
Add in the seeds (optional)
Add in the olive oil and mix.
Pour in the butter milk a little at a time. If you need more just add to it.
You should have a wet batter, but not soggy.
Grease your bread tin and spoon the batter into the tin.
Take a dry knife and make a line through the centre of the bread.
Put the bread in the centre of the oven and reduce the heat to 180 °C.
Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
When the bread sounds hollow, it is done.
Serve up with some bread and jam and enjoy with a hot cuppa!