I make three or four loaves a week these days. It is usually a white loaf or a spelt loaf. Sometimes , if time is short, then it’s soda bread. I felt like making something a bit different this week. I had cashews loitering and apple juice open in the fridge and so this loaf was born. You could make it with normal wholemeal flour and omit the yeast and make a soda bread if you are short of time.
I liked it so much that I have made it twice, once with the addition of ground almonds, replacing some of the flour, which makes it really lovely and nutty.
It’s a tasty and easy loaf to make. It’s good with cheese (grilled or not, it’s up to you), with strawberry jam and with honey, or dipped into soup. It’s a substantial loaf that you can really get your teeth into.
400g strong wholemeal flour (or 300g flour and 100g ground almonds)
100g porridge oats
50g cashew nuts, bashed in a food bag with a rolling pin until nubbly
2 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp easy bake yeast
1 tsp runny honey
150ml apple juice
Butter a 2lb loaf tin.
Place the flour, ground almonds (if using), oats and cashews in a large bowl or freestanding mixer. Add the yeast, the salt and the honey. Warm the apple juice and water until hand hot. Pour into the flour and mix well until combined. You may need a spot more water, as it will depend on the flour you are using. The dough wants to be slightly sticky. Roughly shape into the size of the tin and place in the tin. Cover with a large plastic bag, making a tent shape so that the loaf has room to rise. Leave in a warm place for about an hour until the loaf has risen almost to the top of the tin. Wholemeal loaves do not rise as much as white loaves.
Place in a preheated oven at 200°c, gas mark 6 or on the floor of the roasting oven of the Aga for about 35-40 minutes until the loaf is well browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. You may want to return it to the oven for another five minutes out of its tin to let the base crisp up. When cooked place it on a wire rack to cool completely.