Nothing Is Perfect - Coarse Grain Wholemeal Loaf

                       I simply love that 'Pull Away' effect on the crust. It gives me a lot of imaginations...... :)

Nothing is perfect...... Look is deceiving.

A loaf that looks unappealing, it seems so stiff and hard, not the that kind of soft loaf...... It's just not a PERFECT one!!

Oh yes, it really looks like one that has the above all. BUT, the crumb is moist, soft, smooth, and fluffy!! How possible??? It just happen to be one that has not so soft crust, but its heart is soft and fluffy. There are just so many different preferences and types of wholemeal loaves out there. My son, the bread expert at home love this for his breakfast sandwich. He even didn't mind it has lettuce in it! I like the grainy look and it makes the loaf looks rustically in fashion. But, at the end of our breakfast, our table was scattered with the wholemeal crumbs.


Bread Flour      200g
Wholemeal Flour    50g
Yeast 3.5g
Salt   4g
Lard  5g
Warm Water     165ml
Extra Wholemeal Flour for coating.


1. Soak wholemeal flour in 50ml warm water for over night. ( I soaked it for 2 hours).

2. Except lard, mix all ingredients till form a rough and sticky dough.

3. Mix in lard and knead dough till smooth and springy. Cover with wet cloth and let dough rise till double in size.

4. Bring dough out to work top, dust with little flour, and deflate the risen dough. Form dough into a ball shape and let it rest for 30 minutes.

5. Roll the dough flat and roll up lie a Swiss roll. Wet the dough surface and roll on the wholemeal flour to coat the dough. Put coated dough in bread tin and cover it and let it have the last rise till double the volume.

6. Bake in a preheated oven at 190'c for 35 minutes. Remove the bread from tin after it's baked and cool on a wire rack.


hanushi said…
Hi Honeyboy,

It looks great to me, love the old rusty look...
Cosy Bake said…

thanks! I like the old rustic look too. I love the soft and smooth crumb even more! when you have a chance, you should give it a try. :)
Your #1 Fan said…
Hi Honeyboy,
I think the loaf looks perfect! So wholesome.
Zoe said…
Your bread looks very wholesome and soft. Great job... Your boy is very lucky to have this bread...yum.
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Cosy Bake said…
Thanks Zoe,

basically my boy would eat any bread be it I made it myself, or bought from outside! But of course nothing beats homemade!
I've not baked bread for a long time! I tried a few months ago but my bread machine died on me and I had to knead by hand. Although it was a therapeutic process, it's simply too time consuming. I'll love to try my hands on this one day.
Cosy Bake said…
Blessed Homemaker,

I owuld only make my bread at night after my son goes to bed. And I only do the kneading after i use my stand mixer does the mixing job. So it's quite alright for me. It does help saving some times using the stand mixer. only the proving and baking take a longer times. Usually I will leave the dough prove in the fridge over night, hten bake it in the morning.
I can't bake at night as I've got few cases where DD3 woke up for milk (I'm still nursing her). My worst experience was when I was making a chiffon cake. I made her wait for about 10 mins (she was crying non-stop then) as I just started to beat the egg whites. Now, I never bake when she sleeps.
Cosy Bake said…
Blessed Homemaker,

i see.. That could be quite 'dangerous', especially making cakes like chiffon....
FATMUM said…
Hi hi izit ok to replace the lard with butter? Thanks
Cosy Bake said…
Hi Fatmum,

I am supposed it shouldn't be much issue to use butter instead of lard. I think the lard shall give a lighter crumb than butter. however it's just a small amount so may not be too much difference. Do update me how it turns out using butter ok? Thanks!
soh said…
Hi, are you using instant yeast for the above amount?
Thank you
Cosy Bake said…
Hi Soh,
Sorry for this long overdue reply...
Yes, I used instant yeast for this bread.

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