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Walnut Bread

When making any bread with walnuts in it, never omit the step of roasting them, as these nuts are almost always rancid when sold shelled. This bread is particularly delicious with cheese.

Ingredients

  • 125 g walnuts

  • 15 g fresh or 1 ½ tsp dried yeast

  • ½ tsp castor sugar

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • milk

  • 350 g unbleached strong flour

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 tbsp walnut oil

  • 150 ml sour cream

  • 1 free-range egg

Method

  • 1.

    Pre heat the oven to 220C. Roast the walnuts on a baking tray for about 5 minutes, shaking the trays to prevent the nuts from burning. If they are not fresh seasons, rub the walnuts in a clean teatowel to remove the bitter skins. Allow to cool.

  • 2.

    Combine the yeast, castor sugar and warm water in a small bowl, then dissolve the yeast by mashing it with a fork and set aside for 5-10 minutes until frothy.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile, warm 250ml of milk and set aside. Combine the flour, salt, walnut oil and walnuts in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, then add the yeast mixture. Combine the warm milk and sour cream. With the mixer set on a low speed, gradually mix the sour cream and milk into the flour to make a soft but not sloppy dough.

  • 4.

    Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it gently for 8 minutes. Brush the mixing bowl with a little more walnut oil and return the dough. Roll the dough around the bowl to coat with the oil, then place a piece of plastic film loosely over the surface of the dough. Leave in a draft free place until doubled in volume, 30-35 minutes.

  • 5.

    Turn the dough out onto a floured surface again and gently knead it for 2 minutes. Shape into 2 baguettes and leave to rise on a baking tray, dusted with flour in a draft free place for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220C. Mix the egg with 1 tablespoon milk and lightly brush this over the loaves. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180C and bake for a further 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Notes

When making any bread with walnuts in it, never omit the step of roasting them, as these nuts are almost always rancid when sold shelled. This bread is particularly delicious with cheese.


Makes 2 loaves.

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The milk/sour cream ratio was too much for me. I only used about half of it as my dough was looking too wet. The bread turned out lovely. Next time I think I'd try it with half wholemeal flour.