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    100% Whole Wheat Walnut Loaf 'The Baking Bible'

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    Brrrr, baby it's cold outside! It's been hailing off and on all day and rumours of snow in a nearby suburb in the hills, I say "rumoured" because we do all get excited about even one flake of snow. 

    Walnut bread toasted (grilled) aged cheddar cheese sandwiches and pumpkin soup with a hint of orange, the perfect starter to ward off winter chills. 

    100% Whole Wheat (in Australia we say wholemeal) Walnut Bread is a fabulously flavoured versatile bread, lets get started.... 

    I started by making the dough starter (sponge), wholemeal flour, water, honey and yeast are combined. To make a vegan bread swap the honey out for golden syrup.   

    The mixture is whisked to incorporate air, it will resemble a thin batter. 

    Time to make the dough now with more wholemeal flour, *gluten flour and instant yeast are sprinkled over the sponge starter forming a blanket of flour. 

    An hour later and there is bubbles bubbling up through the flour. 

    Ok better toast and break up the walnuts now, 166 grams to be exact are toasted in the oven and the then the skins are removed. 

    Shhh, I cheated and used a photo of removing walnut skin from the Stilton Cheesecake story.

    With the dough hook fitted on my mixer, dough is mixed and then rested for 20 minutes. Back to mixing now with the addition of walnut oil, salt and toasted walnut pieces before going off to rise.

    The first rise. 

    The second rise. 

    After turning out the risen dough the dough is "dimpled" using your fingertips to get rid of air bubbles. The dough is shaped and put into prepared tin (I used four small tins instead of one large) and then off to rise for the last time before baking. 

    Over half way through last rise, almost time to go into the pre heated oven. 

    Baked, cooled and it's time to eat!!  

    It's not the "prettiest" bread but boy served fresh with blue cheese and pear and it's a wonderful combination of flavours. Plus it's easy to slice thinly, like what I used in the aged cheddar cheese toasted sandwiches paired with the pumpkin soup today.

    Oh, oh, oh mini loaves would make the best hostess gift, wrap the centre of the loaf with brown or baking paper, tie with kitchen string, throw in a chunk of blue or a bottle of red for a unique and welcome hostess gift.

    This bread is also great for vegetarians/vegans, high in protein, low GI and perfect to serve with your favourite veggie stew.  

    Also great "baker's treat"... toasted crusts of walnut loaf with French fine cut marmalade. 

    Happy Baking :) 

    *Gluten flour: we used gluten flour to promote rise and texture in today's bread. The gluten is in the whole wheat flour but the wheat germ is blocking the release so you use added gluten, a protein composite from wheat and related grains. This gives you not only extra "lift" in rising it also provides the characteristic "chew" we associate with bread. It's why you add various gums to gluten free bread trying to recreate the chew gluten provides.  Gluten flour is also used extensively in vegan and vegetarian cuisine to create seitan and in asian cooking for dishes such as like "mock duck". 

    Would I bake again? Yes, loved it for "something different to serve" factor.. plus tasted great. 

    Would I change anything?  I loved it as is, I would continue to bake smaller sized loaves. I'd like to try halving the walnut weight and adding either dried apricots or dried muscatel grapes for a fruit/nut loaf. 

     How it works... now I've joined the fabulous existing alpha bakers, once a month I will post about what I have baked from Rose Levy Beranbaum's 'The Baking Bible'. This won't include the recipe due to copyright and publisher restrictions however, I will be posting how it went and photos of making/baking the gorgeous baked goods.

    The Baking Bible available from Amazon and all discerning book retailers. 

    You might also be interested in Amore Frangelico Truffles, rich in mascarpone and chocolate!


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    Reader Comments (9)

    Your bread looked wonderful! Perfect crumb too! And wow, you ate with all that cheese and pear. I ate my plain.. I didn't have any jam or even butter.

    August 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfaithy

    LOL … that sounds like an Oliver Twist type tale "I didn't have any jam or even butter". Your bread looks good to me… are you sure it's just that you aren't used to whole wheat breads? Glad you liked flavour…. and try with something on it !!!

    August 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Love the mini loaf idea. I was going to bake mine in two smaller 7" tins until I decided to make rolls with the other half of the dough. That photo with the sliced pear on top is so pretty!!

    August 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHanaa

    Love the photos of food surrounded by white space. I bet the blue cheese/pear combo was delicious, I might try that when the weather's a little colder here.

    August 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

    Rachel thank you so much :) the pear/blue cheese combo is delicious :)

    August 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Thank you Hanaa, I was inspired to make burger buns after you made the whole wheat buns to pair with your tagine :)

    August 7, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    I agree with you. This bread is fabulously favoured and versitale. I really loved it too.

    August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim

    Hello, Jeniffer: I must admit that I don't envy you the weather. As good as that pumpkin soup sounds I am delighted to still be in the "heights" of summer! Your bread looks delightful. I found it to be delicious but it could use some tweaking to make it less heavy next time. I love the flavor of the walnuts, however. If you have a moment, stop by and see my results. Michele at

    August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

    The tasted cheese option looks good, particularly with pumpkin soup. I like your mini loaves. I think I need to add less water next time. Mine was very wet.

    August 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

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