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The Lady's Wholemeal Loaf

Sifting through a National Trust book I came upon this recipe. Daughter of the sixth earl of Edgcumbe, Lady Hilaria Gibbs apparently made a very good loaf. If it is good enough for Lady Hilaria then it is good enough for me!

7g/1 teaspoon salt

250g/9 oz wholemeal flour

150g/5 oz strong white flour (I used malted flour)

25g/1 oz butter

10g/2 teaspoons fast action dried yeast

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon oat bran

1 teaspoon black treacle

250ml/9 fl oz warm water

Put the salt and flours into a bowl and rub in the butter.

Add the yeast, sugar and bran, mix.

Stir the treacle into the warm water and pour into the dry ingredients.

Bring together into a dough.

Knead for ten minutes until smooth (or 5 minutes in a mixer with a dough hook).

Grease a loaf tin and pop the dough into the tin. Cover and leave to prove until double in size (approx 1 hour).

Pre heat your oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

Uncover the dough and pop the tin into the oven.

Cook for 30 minutes.


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