Hi, I’m Kellie. I’m a wife, midwife and mum to 4 beautiful rapidly growing boys. I’ve always loved to cook and entertain and feed my friends and family. My husband jokes that no one leaves our house hungry, ever.
My food journey changed dramatically when my second child was 6 weeks old. At this point, my settled, beautiful baby started to scream and not sleep, at all. It turns out he was basically allergic to the universe. His reactions ranged from anaphylaxis to intolerances, to foods, food chemicals, additives, colourings, preservatives, and on and on.
Until he was 18 months old there were only about 8 foods he could tolerate and that I could eat while breastfeeding. My learning curve with food started a massive turnaround to all our lives. I have no formal training but lots of life experience at creating and adapting recipes that he and I could eat.
Thankfully now he has grown out of most of his allergies and has undergone desensitisation for his most serious allergies at the Royal Children’s Hospital, to which he is slowly responding.
Somewhere along the line, I must have done something right because, in complete contrast to most kids with allergies, he loves food. He is adventurous in trying new things, never passing up a chance to try something new.
Now, thankfully, I can mostly just play around with food to create healthier options for my family. To make food that fills them, fuels them, and fits into our ever-tight budget.
This bread is so full of goodness, everyone in our family loves it. It freezes fantastically and is great for school lunches, toasted and salad sandwiches. It is real bread, to me, it’s how bread should be.
1 ¼ cup warm water
170g wholemeal flour
100g rye flour
2 tsp salt
170g wheat flour (organic if you have it)
50g rolled oats
25g sunflower seeds
30 g pepitas
30g melted butter
1. 1 ¼ cup warm water, 43g honey, 10g yeast
Combine in a large bowl to activate yeast while measuring other ingredients.
(I do it in the Kenwood with dough hook). Set aside (preferably in a warm spot) for 3-5 min should go bubbly….
2. Weigh out: 170g wholemeal flour, 100g rye flour, 2 tsp salt
Then add to activated yeast. Mix together
3. Weigh out: 50g oats, 35g flaxseeds, 25g sunflower seeds, 30g pepitas, 28g butter, melted, cooled slightly
Add to other ingredients in mixing bowl and mix
4. Weigh out 170g wheat flour.
Add gradually until dough comes together into a ball, not sticking to the sides.
This is the tricky part in bread making, all flours absorb water slightly differently, just gradually add extra flour/water until the dough comes together in a nice smooth ball. Temperature and humidity can also affect the absorption, so just trust yourself, if it needs more add more….
5. Knead in mixer 3-4 min. Remove from bowl and shape into a ball.
6. Oil the mixing bowl lightly, then place back in. Score top, cover and leave to rise.
7. When the mixture has doubled in size, knock down, shape, place in a loaf pan to rise again.
8. When it has risen above the edge of the pan bake in a preheated oven (200*C) for 25 min.
I always double this mixture to make two loaves at a time and freeze some for toast and later in the week.
While the recipe looks complicated, it’s pretty forgiving and most of the time it’s ignored in the corner while rising.
My 3 yr old loves to “help” measuring out, get your little ones in the kitchen, too!
Thanks to our community member, Kellie, for this fantastic recipe.
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