Three Seeded Health Loaf


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Makes 2 loaves



450g/3 cups wholemeal flour 

65g/½ cup wheat germ, plus extra for dusting

65g /½ cup plain white flour

65g /½ cup wheat bran

65g/½ cup ground flax 

225g/8oz pin-head oatmeal

2½tsp soft brown sugar

2tsp bread soda or bicarbonate of soda

1 litre buttermilk

For the topping

2 tsp (one per loaf) wheat germ 

2 tsp (one per loaf) sesame seeds

2 tsp (one per loaf) pumpkin seeds 



1.         Pre-heat the oven to 230°C, 450°F, Gas Mark 8. 

2.        Pour all the dry ingredients in to a large bowl and mix together.

3.        Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and gradually stir in the buttermilk 

4.       Divide the dough between 2 greased 900g (2lb) loaf tins which have been dusted with wheat germ. Smooth the top and make a spacious cross on each one with a floured knife. Sprinkle with wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. 

5.        Place in the pre-heated oven at 230°C, 450°F, Gas Mark 8 for 10 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 140°C, 275°F, Gas Mark 1 and bake for 1 hour. 

6.       When the loaves are cooked, remove from the oven and partly cool in the tins, then turn out and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.