Failsafe Recipes: Lunches and Snacks

Bread (Howard's Health Bread) in the breadmaker (V)


This is what we eat - you may have seen it on TV. Visitors often say it's the best bread they've ever tasted, yet it has NO added salt or fat. What's the secret? We think it is the high quality flour. We use biodynamic white or wholemeal flour - even the white looks like wholemeal because it is stoneground. We order it in bulk from the local health food store and leave it in the freezer to keep it fresh. Our breadmaker is a Breville Custome Load and we use the wholemeal setting. This recipe makes a 1kg loaf, so reduce in proportion if you have a smaller breadmaker.

420 ml filtered water for white flour (480 ml if wholemeal flour)
2 pinches ascorbic acid (Vitamin C, optional)
1 tbsp white sugar as yeast food
680 g Demeter Biodynamic flour (this is 3 level measuring cups)
1.5 tsp dried yeast

Put all ingredients in breadmaker in the order above. Set the timer (takes nearly 4hrs) and wait for the wonderful aroma. The ascorbic acid helps to deliver well-risen bread every time. When finished, remove and cool before slicing with a sharp bread knife. Wrap in a clean tea towel and store in a cool, dry place to reduce staling. For more than two days, slice and freeze, or toast before use.