Walnut Bread

Baking bread is one of those ironic acts that everyone wants to do, but very few actually go ahead with. Yet, despite the evident irony, the state of laziness in which we find ourselves is understandable; there is something magical about the smell and taste of freshly baked bread, hence the desire; yet the process itself can appear rather time consuming. Indeed, those of us who do occasionally succeed in baking a loaf of bread do so on days on which one has the luxury of being able to potter around the house. We all fall foul of such lethargy from time to time, myself included, so I shall try my utmost to instil within you an overwhelming compulsion to leaven on a regular basis. That is, assuming indolence isn’t the reason behind your lack of freshly baked bread.

Walnuts, more than any other nut I can think of, are best paired with flavours on the sweeter end of the spectrum. In this recipe, for instance, the sweetness is provided by the inclusion of raisins and honey; the former punctuating the loaf with bursts of sweetness; the latter simpering away quietly in the background, offering an all-round, natural sweetness. The effect of this layering of flavours is rather magnificent and creates a rich, complex taste in an incredibly simple manner. Of course, the walnuts themselves steal the show, giving the bread its impressive texture and nutty quality. There are a number of bread recipes available on frugalfeeding, though the recipe you see before you may be my favourite yet. That alone makes it well worth a try!

Walnut Bread

Makes 1 medium sized loaf

Ingredients:

• 200g wholemeal bread flour

• 200g strong white flour

• 1 7g sachet of fast action yeast

• 1 tbsp honey

• 200-250ml tepid water

• 80g walnuts, crushed

• A generous handful of raisins

• Salt

• Olive oil

Method:

1. Mix together the flours, yeast and a large pinch of salt in a large bowl. Stir the honey into the water, followed by the olive oil. Add most of the water to the flour and mix, it should be fairly sticky, but not entirely wet. Transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes – this is vital. Press the kneaded dough into a square and fold the walnuts and raisins in. Knead for a further 2 minutes. Place on an oiled tray, underneath a damp cloth and leave to rise for an hour or so.

2. Preheat your oven to 220C. Slice a cross into the top of the risen dough and pop in the oven until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. This could take anywhere between 30 and 50 minutes depending on your oven. Enjoy on its own, as a sandwich or as an accompaniment to soup.

Cost: The only ingredients which could possibly be described as being expensive are the walnuts, though their cost certainly isn’t inhibitive. Indeed, 80g of walnuts could set one back as little as 50-60p. As such, this loaf should set one back no more than about £1.90. Now, that’s a delicious price.

 

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83 comments on “Walnut Bread

  1. cookinginsens
    August 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Nice looking bread. Looks one from our bakery :)

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Rosemary. I’m sure that’s a compliment indeed!

  2. Karista
    August 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    My new favorite nut these days, walnuts! You are smokin’ the blog waves these days Mr. Frugal!! :) Before you know it you’ll have an entire book! Can’t wait :)

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      They are nice. Haha, thanks, Karista! I’m trying very hard 😀

      • Karista
        August 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        You’re doing a great job too! I need to take note and get myself in gear and post more often. :)

        • frugalfeeding
          August 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          Thanks! I think I’ve got into a great routine.

  3. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    August 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    One of my favourite breads and this looks perfect … Would love a slice right now!

  4. Jill
    August 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I LOVE baking bread, but you’re right it’s hard to find time. And being lazy, making bread sounds like a lot of work. But so worth it in the end! Yum!

  5. makingitwithdanielle
    August 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I agree, it’s so rewarding when it’s done but the initial push to do it is the hardest part. This look delicious and well worth it!

  6. movita beaucoup
    August 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I can only imagine the smells of walnut bread wafting from my kitchen… oh my! It’s terribly hot and humid here today, so I’ll have to munch on some bread from the bakery – which surely won’t be as lovely as this loaf!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Such lovely smells :D. Probably not… but it can’t be helped.

  7. egg me on
    August 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Ha — that’s not a knife. THIS is a knife. A bread knife that is. Great bread. Love that it’s round.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Haha. I love round bread… the best shape 😀

  8. Cathy
    August 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Ooh, looks so good! I can imagine that with some tasty honey spread on it!

  9. unoscoiattoloindispensa
    August 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    no need to convince me into baking! and this bread has just fallen into my to-try list :-)

  10. Juls
    August 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I want your bread knife.

  11. Somer
    August 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Every time I attempt to put raisins in my bread I can’t get the dough to rise, now I’m no amateur, I make bread several times a week. I can’t figure out what the heck I’m doing wrong. I use organic raisins without sulfites (after some research I thought that may have originally caused the problem). No luck, the bread is always as dense as a brick. I will just be jealous and pine over yours.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      That’s very strange… I use the cheapest raisins available (they are delicious though). I’m afraid I can’t help, Somer! I feel useless :( – haha.

      • Somer
        August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        It’s okay! I’ve come to terms with it. I’ll keep making savory breads instead.

        • frugalfeeding
          August 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

          Haha – I’d still class this as savoury 😀

        • frugalfeeding
          August 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

          Actually, it’s sort of in between 😀

          • Somer
            August 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

            Yes, I just noticed you’ve only got a tablespoon of honey in the bread, I think that still classifies as savory, but the raisins definitely push it towards center 😉

          • frugalfeeding
            August 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

            Yes. Though, one can taste a hint of honey.

          • Somer
            August 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

            Yes, of course! I’ve got some that my parents brought me from the gulf of Mexico, it tastes like wildflowers! Don’t tell the other vegans 😉 I might get kicked out of the club.

          • frugalfeeding
            August 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

            Oh wow, that’s amazing! It’s stupid that honey isn’t vegan… it simply doesn’t make sense. If anything it encourages life and benevolence… it certainly isn’t mean to bees. Besides, some vegans wear wool and leather…

          • Somer
            August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

            I’m with you, however, some vegans think the practice used to “smoke stun” the bees counts as animal cruelty and that using anything from any animal or in this case “insect” is exploiting the creature. I’m a vegan for health reasons so even though meat and dairy are out I still have wool and leather items too that I’m not going to just throw out.

            I must admit I can’t walk past the meat department anymore though… Something I thought I’d never say.

            It’s an interesting debate and I have respect for both sides, but I try to stay out of it because at some point it gets downright silly!

          • frugalfeeding
            August 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

            That’s so silly! I don’t have a problem with being vegan for health reasons (obviously)… I have a problem when it turns into unbridled and blind stupidity. I try to stay out of it because the hypocrisy makes me angry… You’re a sensible vegan though.

          • Somer
            August 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

            I hear you. It’s a sensitive topic for sure. I get a lot of flak for my diet as is, My friends all ready call me the Vegan Obama Lover (not an endearing term in my neck of the woods) I’ve decided going all Nazi Vegan as well isn’t the brightest choice 😉

          • frugalfeeding
            August 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

            Haha! Obama isn’t a bad guy. Funny you should mention the Nazis. I got a new haircut and all my Polish co-workers say I look like a member of the Hitler youth… not the compliment I was looking for…

          • Somer
            August 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

            Haha! Time for new gravatar!

          • frugalfeeding
            August 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

            Haha, yes!

  12. glutenfreehappytummy
    August 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    wow that looks incredible! yummmmm!!

  13. Clouds of Colour
    August 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Yum yummm YUM! Fresh bread is soooo good!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks! It was so delicious. I think I shall make some more soon! A different type of course.

      • Clouds of Colour
        August 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        I love homemade Rye bread! I think that could be my fave

        • frugalfeeding
          August 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

          I think I’ve got a rye bread recipe somewhere on here…

  14. mamagwen
    August 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This looks fantastic! I’ll give you recipe a go this week-end :)

  15. Clarisse Shaina
    August 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

    This looks fantastic! Wish I could reach into my screen for a bite.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks, Clarisse… don’t try… it might hurt.

  16. erin
    August 8, 2012 at 3:46 am

    You crack me up. “..an overwhelming compulsion to leaven on a regular basis”?! Seriously?! hah! As a side note this bread looks awesome. I’m a big time fan of bread baking. Our pizza stone has taken up permanent residence in our oven…

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Haha, sorry, I hope it wasn’t painful. I need a pizza stone… will get one when I move house 😀

  17. Sue
    August 8, 2012 at 7:27 am

    This looks absolsutely delicious, something I’ll definitely be having a go at.

    That’s two recipes I’ve printed out today, I see a busy day in the kitchen, but a tasty night in front of the tele!!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks! Please do, it’s definitely worth it. Haha, carry on cooking, Sue!

  18. spree
    August 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Love a good walnut bread (and have a recipe for one myself). Love it with slices of good salty cheese, or toasted with jam, or just out of the oven with a good glob of butter melting! And your descriptions are mouth-watering in and of themselves!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Was so delicious, Spree! I just ate it with butter 😀

  19. The Teenage Taste
    August 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I love the idea of having homemade bread on hand (and the smell…Mmmm!), but I hate how time consuming it is. That being said, this looks fantastic and totally worth the work! Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      IT all depends on whether you’re at home or not… it’s not too bad if you have time to stick around… It was so worth the effort…

  20. Misky
    August 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    How much olive oil: 5g or 10g?

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      For the benefit of others: between 1 and 2 tablespoons… it doesn’t matter an awful lot.

      • Misky
        August 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Thank you very much for your reply here and on Twitter. I used 2T and it was perfecto! I might have to write up a post on this bread because it’s such a winner.

  21. KatsHealthCorner
    August 10, 2012 at 1:12 am

    What a great recipe! I always love raisins paired with walnuts. (Especially in my cinnamon raisin walnut butter. :D) I don’t think I’ve ever paired them together in a bread though — you always have the best ideas. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks! That sounds delicious! Haha, thanks, Kat!

  22. Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com
    August 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Great bread, looks so delicious! I love everything about bread baking and do it on a regular basis.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks, Sibella! I need to try and get back to that.

  23. Ben Gaiarin
    August 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Bread looks great! This combo is one I see a lot in Italy, and bake a lot. I gotta try your recipe!

  24. yogininoms
    August 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Ohmygoodness, this looks so divine! bread baking is one of the things that always intimidates me, which I really need to work on :) I only wish I could convert from grams to American measurement cups.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Thanks! All you need is practice, it’s very simple really! Just use the conversion tables I provide at the top of my page.

  25. Daily Dose of Fresh
    August 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, you make bread sexy again! looks fantastic….please tell me you had the first slice with a thick layer of butter..mmmm

    • frugalfeeding
      August 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Haha – it is a little sexy :D. I did indeed!

  26. daisy
    August 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I have been meaning to bake some bread, but I’ve been saying that for months now. This looks great and I can imagine it slathered with butter. Yummy!!

    daisy

    • frugalfeeding
      August 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      You really must make this, Daisy. I know you’d love it.

  27. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    August 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    My heart is leavened with this post alone! The walnuts, the honey and raisins… I try to bake bread on days when I’m making a big dinner because that ensures I’m hanging out in the kitchen all day.. and the scent of baking bread is heaven!!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Haha – I always enjoy your comments :D. The smell of bread truly is divine.

  28. theintrepidbaker
    August 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    your bread looks amazing! i try to make bread but am never able to activate my dry active yeast. the proof never works but somehow the bread will rise in the oven…stumps me all the time!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks! That’s very strange! Try warmer water?!

  29. silverbells2012
    August 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I really love walnut bread and recently found a packet of walnuts in the back of my cupboard which was going out of date, so I just had to have the most indulgent walnut bread ever :)

  30. mad_pixie
    August 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hi,
    This recipe looks delicious. But could you please tell me how much olive oil needs to go into the mix?
    Thanks :)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Hello! Thank you very much! Around 2 tbsp would be ample!

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