Recipe: Simple And Fluffy Homemade Bread With Healthy Seeds

Makes 12 servings


  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2½ cups white flour
  • 1½ cups wholewheat flour
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tbsp seeds of your choice (pumpkin/flax/chia/sunflower)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter / olive oil

For the topping

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp seeds
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 2 tsp melted butter for brushing


  • Mix yeast, warm (not hot) water and sugar in a bowl/measuring jug and stir well.
  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Combine the flours (start with only 2 cups of white flour), oats, seeds and salt in a large bowl and mix.
  • Pour in the yeast mixture and bring together into a rough dough. Add the butter or oil and knead.
  • Add the remaining flour, a tablespoon at a time, and knead until the dough is smooth and soft. You might not need all the flour. It should be slightly tacky but not overly sticky.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Transfer the dough to a loaf pan and cover again. Allow to rise for 30 minutes in the pan while you preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Brush the top of the loaf with a beaten egg then sprinkle on some extra seeds and oats.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter and allow to cool completely before slicing. 

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