Sometimes a simple breakfast is all we want… maybe tea and toast. And sometimes we want a sort of fruity nutty feel to the toast, and Nigella’s Lazy Loaf is just the thing.
Like most things I make, this is simplicity itself – we call it Bone Idle Bear Bread because it is so easy.
All you need is bread flour… I have been working my way through a range of seeded and grain bread flours… some yeast, some muesli, a pinch or so of salt and milk and water.
To bake it in you’ll need a loaf tin and one of those silicone paper liners. Either that or line the tin with greaseproof paper but that is so fiddly, so go and buy some liners… you will thank me for it
In a big bowl, put 200g of muesli (we particularly like Dorset Cereals Really Nutty) and 325g of bread flour. This week I am using Allinsons Seed and Grain Flour and stir it round…. put a sachet of yeast.. or a teaspoon or so in
and stir round, adding a pinch of salt
You’d better do this before you add the 250 ml of milk and 250 ml of water… you get a better mix
That’s just under a pint, mix the milk and water together and pour straight in
Stir it round.. it becomes a gloopy mix very quickly
Then pour it (I tell you, this is pourable.. don’t panic!)
Then… you won’t believe it but this is right.. put it into a cold oven
THEN, and only then, turn the oven on to 110 degrees C and walk away for 45 minutes. This allows the bread mix to start to rise…..
At the 45 minute stage, turn the oven up to 180 degrees C and leave for an hour.
Then.. take it out and leave it to cool on a rack
This is a substantial bread…
And it is wonderful toasted…..
Put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea while you wait.. then spread your bread with butter…
And then, because the Bear loves the taste of Marmite on fruited and nutty bread, a lovely mix of sweet and savoury….
Try it with jam.. or honey….but whatever you do, try it. Easy as anything and that, my friends, is all we ask!