Farmhouse Country Grain Loaf by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    3h 5m
    • Prep Time

      2h 30m
    • Bake Time

      35m
  • Serves

    8

  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

    DF/EF/V/Veg
    • Dairy free
    • Egg free
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
  • 83 Reviews

    4 star rating

This farmhouse country grain loaf is a delicious hearty recipe which is great served with lashings of butter, or sliced and used for sandwiches. 

Method

  1. Place the flour into a large bowl and add the salt and sugar. Add the yeast and stir gently until well combined. Mix the water and oil together.

  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the oil and water.  Mix together until a soft dough starts to form. This will take a couple of minutes. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead until smooth and elastic, this can take up to 10 minutes. This could also be done using a dough hook of your free-standing mixer.

  3. Lightly grease a clean mixing bowl with little oil. Place the dough into the bowl, cover the bowl with oiled cling film or clean tea towel and leave to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.  

  4. Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Mould into a smooth oval and lift into a lightly oiled 900g (23 x 13cm) loaf tin.

  5. Cover the dough with oiled cling film or a damp tea cloth and leave to rise again in a warm place for about 45 minutes - 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C,  fan 180°C, gas mark 6.

  7. Sprinkle the dough with a little flour to create a crisp, rustic coating on top of the bread. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the bread is risen and golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

  8. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack as soon as possible to avoid a soggy crust on the bottom.

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Reviews

  1. 5 star rating

    Excellent. Use dough hooks on hand mixer For 8 minutes Speed 2 only.
    No longer buy store bought bread. This is fantastic. My oven has a dough proving setting but I guess you could set your oven to the lowest setting then turn it off - check that it’s slightly warm and put the dough in to rise.
    35 minutes 180°C Fan - perfect. Wish I could work out how to add a photo.
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    Unfortunately we don't have the functionality to add a photo to our recipes just yet. You could always share with us on our social media channels though as we love to see all of your bakes.

  2. 5 star rating

    Hello I made this loaf recently in a loaf tin in the oven it turned out great! I still have about 2 cups of the flour left do you have any suggestions on how I could this? I was thinking about making some rolls but wasn’t sure how to go about this? I would appreciate any ideas, thank you!

  3. 5 star rating

    Had great results with this recipe. One question though, i've tried doubling the recipe two make two loaves but the dough is always very sticky and difficult to handle (loaves turn out ok though) just wondered if i need to maybe not double the liquid?
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    We would recommend adding the liquid gradually and mixing, you may not need to use the whole amount.

  4. 5 star rating

    I think the bread maker machines are the problem here, not the recipe. I’m a newbie to bread making, I’ve made this bread twice per the instructions and had good bread twice, both times hand kneeded, both times baked in the oven. Have used Allinson’s bread both times, no issues and very tasty bread.

  5. 1 star rating

    I have just had a very rare disaster with my bread roll dough using a Morphy Richards Fastbake bread machine. I used my usual recipe 150g of strong flour, 150g brown flour and 150g Country Grain, 250ml water2 tbs sunflower oil, 1.5tbs sugar, 1.5 tsp salt and 1.5 tsp fast yeast, but the dough came out just a nutty blob. I can only think that country grain is not suitable for my recipe. I immediately made a white loaf which turned out perfect, proving it wasn't the machine and the only thing different was the Country Grain flour. Do you have any bread machine recipes for this flour?
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    Hello,

    Sorry to hear that your bread was not successful this time.
    I would suggest when using Country Grain in a bread machine to use the Wholemeal setting (The 5 hour programme).
    Also maybe trying 50% Strong white flour and 50% Country Grain might also give you a better loaf.
    Happy Baking!

  6. 5 star rating

    I cannot agree that it is impossible to make this bread in a Panasonic 2500 bread machine. I've made it several times in my 2500 machine and it's always come out right. I use a sachet of yeast and 2 tbsp oil per 500g flour plus 1tsp each of sugar and salt with 300ml tepid water. Place it on basic bread programme 1 with dark crust option 4.05 hours and it works every time.

  7. 2 star rating

    Just tried this flour for the first time as a seasoned baker using a standard whole meal recipe with a Panasonic bread maker and it came out as an absolute disaster- soggy with a collapsed top - fed to the birds! Having read the various other recent negative comments I then used the remaining flour to make dough, again following a proven recipe and the dough was a soggy mess. I then reverted back to instinctive hand baking logic and added a lot of Allison’s plain flour until the dough looked and felt right and then baked it. The result was an absolutely perfect loaf. The last time I had a similar experience using another maker’s granary flour about 6 years back I discovered via a website that many were reporting the same results. On that occasion the flour millers admitted that there was a problem with British sourced flour from one particular year and offered a refund. In my case I am using flour purchased less than a week ago with a May 2021 expiry date. Is there a problem with the latest flour batches that leads to a totally soggy result?
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    Hello,

    We are not aware of any problems with batches of flour.
    If using Country Grain in a bread machine I would recommend using the 5 hour programme and maybe mixing some strong white flour in to help with the rise.
    I hope your next loaf is more successful.

    Happy Baking!

  8. 5 star rating

    I made this loaf today, despite some concerns around results from a panasonic bread maker SD-2511. Looking at previous reviews I opted to use menu 5 for a granary loaf. I followed the large size and just reduced the water to 320ml and hoped for the best. I was not disappointed. The bread came out perfectly, crusty on the outside and fully cooked throughout. I have used Hovis granary flour many times with this programme and never had a failure yet. I love my breadmaker, not bought bread for two years. Steve

  9. 5 star rating

    I use the dough cycle in the bread machine then knock it back by hand, shape it and place it in a buttered loaf tin. Bake at 200C for 30 minutes. We also add about 25g of mixed seeds to the machine at the start.
    This makes a fantastic loaf of bread. Definitely the best bread I've made.

  10. 5 star rating

    I have baked different types of bread before but had not used grain flour before. I was a bit sceptical with 60% hydration this recipe suggests. But went ahead and had a perfect loaf. I used honey instead of the caster sugar. Substituted walnut oil with half and half olive and sunflower oils. Hand kneaded.

  11. 5 star rating

    I have baked different types of bread before but had not used grain flour before. I was a bit sceptical with 60% hydration this recipe suggests. But went ahead and had a perfect loaf. I used honey instead of the caster sugar. Substituted walnut oil with half and half olive and sunflower oils. Hand kneaded.

  12. 5 star rating

    Excellent loaf made with a Panasonic 2511 on both Programme 1 and 2. I only bought my bread machine at the start of lockdown so was a bit wary after reading the earlier reviews. However, as this was the only bread flour I could buy I gave it a try.
    I followed the website recipe for Farmhouse Country Grain Loaf, but used Olive Oil in place of Walnut Oil and added 320ml water. Using Programme 1 gave a big air hole at the top and the crust collapsed slightly while cooling. Next time I may try it with 300ml water, or more flour, as suggested previously.

  13. 5 star rating

    Amazing bread recipe, I make by hand and elbow grease , I didn't add the full amount of water after glancing at the reviews, and used sunflower oil,had no walnut, the bread is well risen and airy , great smells during and after cooking, I did brush mine with a little beaten egg and water than dusted really well with the flour, I'm not keen on crusty loaves, this was just a little crispy but not so I couldn't eat it, Fridays is my baking day and I make cakes and bread to give out to friends and family , so today I have 3 loaves on the go to dive out later, will report on the feedback I get,

  14. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe - I used my Panasonic 2522 to knead the dough - it is a very moist dough as doesn't absorb quite as much water as wholemeal flour or wholemeal blended with white flour. Tips for using bread makers - when trying a new or unproven recipe, open the lid of the machine around 10 minutes into the kneading and take a look.... if the dough is sticking to the bottom of the pan and not coming away, add more flour, 1 tbsp at a time and see if the dough starts to come away from the wall... equally watch for dough that is too hard with lots of floury deposits left in corners ... might need a bit of water and again add 1tbsp at a time and watch (you need to be a little patient). Make a note of any modification so you can tweak your recipe. As long as you do all that and use good ingredients you will get a great loaf from your bread machine....and this is a loaf you'll want to bake again.....
    In my Panasonic 2522 I tweaked the recipe and used 400g flour, 240mls of water which is equivalent to 500g flour and 300mls (ratio of water to flour is 0.6). I used the wholemeal setting (Menu 6.... I found it needed 2tbsp extra of flour 10mins into the mix to give me a good looking doughball

  15. 5 star rating

    Yes, I can see that bread mixers are causing some issues here. I dont use a bread mixer, and I changed the recipe and had great results. I used 250g Country Flour, 250g Strong white, 2X7oz yeast, sugar salt and olive oil. I never use tepid water, always cold, it takes longer to rise. " The longer the rise the more favour" Paul Hollywood. I also put water in the bottom of the oven to create steam. Worked really well.

  16. 5 star rating

    Used this flour in my Morphy Richards Fastbake machine. Followed the Wholewheat recipe but with this flour instead - excellent result. Had issues when I tried to modify other recipes. Plan to make this regularly.

  17. 4 star rating

    I have a Panasonic SD-2500. Unfortunately, it is impossible to make a 100 percent country grain loaf in it! I have tried & failed as others have stated. However, it is possible to get a decent loaf following the Malted Brown Loaf recipe on page 25 of the booklet. I made a medium loaf using Country Grain flour in place of the strong granary flour the recipe suggests. I also added 15ml of malt extract (and reduced water by 15ml. The loaf came out beautifully, but you do need to leave it a few hours before cutting into it. It’s my current favourite loaf, makes beautiful sandwiches, toast or just spread with butter for soup. The only reason I didn’t give 5 star, is because sometimes, the crust might break from the loaf - nothing a bit of butter doesn’t sort out though!

  18. 1 star rating

    I use Allinson's Easy bake yeast in a tin, what quantity should I use.
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    Hello,

    You should use 7g of easy bake yeast,

    Happy Baking!

  19. 4 star rating

    I made this in a Panasonic bread maker firstly with the advice given on the reviews using menu 4 with 370 ml of water and, as others have said, it was a soggy mess. As this flour is granary rather than whole meal it needs much less water, looking in the Panasonic manual they recommend 340 ml for a 500g granary loaf using menu 4. I always use less water than Panasonic recommend and found the loaf was pretty good using the 300ml water on the website recipe and 1.5 tsp sugar, 25g butter, 1.25tsp salt and 1tsp of yeast on menu 4.

  20. 3 star rating

    The cooking instructions are a bit off here in my opinion. Typically you cook bread at 220-230 degrees for about 25-30 minutes and to create a good crust you need steam in the oven to protect it during the rise phase in the first 10 minutes. You can achieve this in a regular oven by preheating a baking tray at the bottom of the oven and adding boiling water to it as you add your dough, just leave it in there for the duration of the cook.

    As for this flour it contains a portion of rye which is low gluten and creates a wetter, stickier dough, so you have to be used to handling that kind of dough if not make a few regular white loaves first.

  21. 3 star rating

    There is definitely something wrong with the amounts in this recipe. The dough is too wet.
    I would suggest that the water amount is about 50ml less and if you need more, add bit by bit.
    And I am an experienced baker by the way.

  22. 3 star rating

    I tried 375g Country Grain with 125g strong white, 8g Easy Bake yeast, 10g sugar, 8g salt, 25g marge and 340 ml tepid water.
    Rose hugely and most of the loaf was very good with an open-textured crumb, but there was a void at the top at one end.
    Trying it now at 500g Country Grain without the strong white and on 320 ml water.

  23. 5 star rating

    I've used this recipe a few times, and it is great. But I don't use a bread maker. Walnut oil is not essential (although best) - rapeseed or sunflower oil works too. You can also add a few crushed walnuts.
    The main thing is to work the dough, then leave to rise as long a it takes. A food mixer with a dough hook (like a Kenwood) takes all the hard work out of it. I used to have a breadmaker and the results were too hit and miss because it takes not account of the potency of the yeast or the strength of the flour.

  24. 5 star rating

    First time hand making bread and this turned out great. I replaced the walnut oil with olive oil. Feeling very pleased with myself!

  25. 5 star rating

    Turned out amazing. First attempt at bread making, certainly won't be the last. Thank you so much.

  26. 5 star rating

    Good hearty bread, made by hand and turned out fine. Can’t wait to have it toasted in the morning for the breakfast. I used olive oil instead.

  27. 1 star rating

    I followed the instructions for the Panasonic bread maker and had the same terrible result. The loaf came out soggy and didn’t rise. It also still had flour at the bottom that didn’t mix with the rest of it. What a waste.

  28. 5 star rating

    Made this loaf for first time all kneaded by hand turned out great a good everyday loaf I will try it with walnut oil next time just used olive oil fab

  29. 5 star rating

    Bought by mistake thought it was just wholemeal no machines made by bit of elbow grease !turned out fab just had olive oil will try with walnut next time a hearty everyday loaf fab

  30. 4 star rating

    I just used this flour for the first time. After reading the reviews I used the recipe for Rustic French for my Panasonic bread maker which is program 9 because of the rye content in the mix. I used 400g flour, 1tsp yeast, 1tsp salt and 15g butter and 300ml water. it is a 6 hour program. I got a very nice tall crusty loaf, but it is a little bit more moist than I would have liked, so I think next time I will use a little bit less water as there is less flour. I cut an end while still warm to see if it was cooked enough and it will do for now. It might be different when it cools down. I might try this again with half of this flour and half wholemeal and still use this setting as non wheat flours need more time. Looking forward to experimenting.

  31. 1 star rating

    Absolutely terrible recipe, far to wet. Total waste of ingredients!

  32. 5 star rating

    I tried this loaf and it was absolutely fantastic.ive actually baked for a good few yrs but only ever my dad's recipe for cheese bread and also white bread,but am getting more and more adventurous every day.

  33. 1 star rating

    Unfortunately I tried this in a bread machine as well. Exactly the same result as others. Soggy and sunken. I followed the instructions given here - Panasonic Programme 4 and the exact ingredient quantities but disaster. Maybe this flour just doesn't work in a bread machine?
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    Hello,
    Sorry to hear that your bread making was not successful.
    When using a bread machine we would recommend using the recommend recipe from the Bread Machine manufacturers.
    Thank you for your enquiry.
    Happy Baking!

  34. 1 star rating

    I also have a Panasonic breadmaker and used the 5 hour programme for wholemeal bread (Prog 4). The result was disaster, the bread was soggy and the top crust had sunk. It went tot he chickens. Obviously either - too much water (350ml) or not long enough baking time. Has anyone had success? If so, what did you do?
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    Hello,

    Sorry your loaf was not successful, the recommended recipe for Panasonic on programme 4 is -

    370ml Water
    500g Bread Flour
    1 tsp Yeast
    1.5 tsp Sugar
    25g butter
    1.25tsp Salt

    Happy Baking!

  35. 2 star rating

    I’ve just tried to make a loaf in my Panasonic machine, used menu 04 which is 100% wholemeal, and left it it in the machine for 10 minutes when done but it collapsed as soon as I took it out. It’s soggy and uncooked on the inside.... would welcome some suggestions as this is the first time I’ve made a loaf that’s inedible!
    Jeremy
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    Hello,
    Sorry to hear your loaf has not been successful.
    The recipe we would recommend for a bread machine would be programme 4 -

    370ml Water
    500g Bread Flour
    1 tsp Yeast
    1.5 tsp Sugar
    25g butter
    1.25tsp Salt

    We would also recommend getting the bread out of the pan as soon as the programme has finished.

    Happy Baking!

  36. 5 star rating

    Amazing, loaf turned absolutely amazing

  37. 2 star rating

    I tried using this flour in my Panasonic breadmaker. As there were no specific instructions on the packet, I tried using the five hour wholemeal programme. This did not work out well. The outer shell was fine, but the bread mass inside came away within it, and some of it was actually left uncooked. Help!
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    Hi,
    Sorry to hear you are not getting a perfect loaf. Could you please send us the recipe you are using as I would expect a 5 hour wholemeal programme to be the correct programme to use for this type of flour.
    Thanks
    Sarah

  38. 5 star rating

    First attempt at making bread. Wonderful result. So pleased. Thank you.

  39. 1 star rating

    Really excited to be making my first ever loaf. However, baking at 180 fan for 35 mins and the result was undercook doughy bread. Will try again after reading your reviews, hotter oven, longer baking time and hopefully this will result in the perfect loaf, fingers crossed.

  40. 5 star rating

    I used this flour to make my first ever loaf at the age of 61. Trying to follow the recipe on my phone, which kept going dark, I accidentally missed out the second rise stage. This didn't seem to matter because the end result was delicious. I'm now a convert to home baked bread. Thanks for the flour and simple instructions.

  41. 5 star rating

    Fantastic results every time in my bread maker on program 1 using 500g of flour and set on large with a dark crust. I also substituted the walnut oil with olive oil.

  42. 1 star rating

    All your recipes need to also give bread machine instructions.

  43. 3 star rating

    Can you use Allinson dried active yeast that comes in the tin?
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    Hi, yes you can use Allinson Dried Active Yeast, you would use 15g to replace the 7g of Easy Bake used in this recipe. Just make sure you follow the activation guidance on the back of pack prior to adding to the flour. Happy Baking!

  44. 3 star rating

    Made a loaf in a bread maker but the top of the loaf came out craggy like a mountain range I used program 1 any advice would be gratefully appreciated ,
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    Hi,
    For this flour we would recommend a Wholemeal setting on your bread machine.
    Happy Baking
    Sarah :-)

  45. 5 star rating

    First time ever baking bread. I followed the recipe to exact wording and was more than pleased with the outcome. I have now read all the reviews and will experiment with different oils and finishes. Yum 😋 yum 😋

  46. 5 star rating

    not tried country grain before. mum bought it by mistake, thought it was a ready mix. so I baked 500g worth of the flour used a 1lb loaf tin. I think it has a high hydration so dough was a bit sticky. It turned out great. lets hope it tastes good too. Am going to use a sourdough starter instead of yeast tomorrow to see how it fairs.

  47. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe. Fabulous tasting bread and very light. Made with olive oil.

  48. 5 star rating

    Made this loaf and was perfect! Really easy to follow. Made a free standing loaf without a loaf tin. Going to use the same recipe today but making bread rolls instead. I hope they turn out ok.

  49. 3 star rating

    Please can someone advise me what number to use in a Panasonic bread machine for Allison’s country grain. Not sure how it bakes. Thank you
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    Hello,
    We recommend a Wholemeal programme for Country Grain, I believe it to be Programme 4,
    Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

  50. 5 star rating

    Absolutely smashing to work with. Follow the rules and it is lovely. Have added dates, chopped apricots and raisins in the past and all been delicious.
    John Young

  51. 5 star rating

    WOW is the only word for this delicious bread. Don't think there's going to be much left by teatime! Really easy recipe to follow giving a perfect result. Will certainly make again.

  52. 4 star rating

    Although the loaf baked well, the dough was very sticky even after adding flour so difficult to kneed.Am I doing something wrong?

  53. 5 star rating

    This loaf came out well, but found it hard to kneed because it was so sticky.I added flour when I was kneeding but still sticky! Anybody got any ideas?
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    Hello,
    We will be reviewing this recipe,
    Thank you
    Happy Baking!

  54. 5 star rating

    This loaf came out well, but found it hard to kneed because it was so sticky.I added flour when I was kneeding but still sticky! Anybody got any ideas?

  55. 4 star rating

    Made a lovely loaf but I had to add way more flour (or reduce the water) to get the dough to the right consistency. Maybe I was doing something wrong?
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    Hello,

    We will be reviewing this recipe,

    Happy Baking!

  56. 5 star rating

    So easy and a great result. Lovely loaf. Made in a Kenwood. Didn't have walnut oil so used Ground nut oil instead. Was amazed at how well it rose. Will definitely be making this again.

  57. 5 star rating

    I made this bread with olive oil, a teaspoon of treacle instead of caster sugar and put in a mixture of seeds. The result was fantastic. Will definitely be making this again.

  58. 5 star rating

    can you give details of how to use in a bread machine please?

  59. 5 star rating

    Added chilli nuts left over from Christmas crushed then a few on top yum

  60. 2 star rating

    I put mine into an oval shape, it rose and then collapsed . Not sure where I went wrong. I swapped a bit of the flour for white and wholemeal bread flour and all seemed fine. possibly overproofed ? I hope it will still be edible.

  61. 5 star rating

    I have never made a loaf of bread before in my life, yet this turned out amazingly!! I did have to swap the walnut oil out for olive oil as it was all I had to hand at the moment, but it still came out perfectly. Thank you for the great recipe!!

  62. 5 star rating

    Makes a quite exceptional loaf which you couldn't distinguish from shop bought. Very quick to make and lasts well. I'm lucky to have some French walnut oil which makes a real difference. Down to my last bag now so this will have to be a special occasion loaf until more flour arrives on the supermarket shelves. 35 mins on 200C Fan with water via mister gives a good crust. Adding a slash across the top helps with the rise in the oven

  63. 5 star rating

    Very impressed with the results, it was definitely worth the effort. I am not normally one for baking and I do prefer white bread but this one will definitely become a regular in my house. I will definitely try some of the other recipes on this site now.

  64. 5 star rating

    Why don't you give details using a bread machine?

  65. 4 star rating

    Needed a long bake but looks worth it. Next time will shape and bake free form - think will finish better.

  66. 5 star rating

    Fantastic, simple easy loaf to make and tastes great. Now a regular favourite.

  67. 5 star rating

    Brilliant bake, used my bread maker on program 1 & chilli oil instead of walnut- rose perfectly with a lovely crust & so!! Tasty - thanks Allinsons!

  68. 5 star rating

    I also made loaves with olive oil instead of walnut as I had non! It was fabulous in 2 loaves! Just reduced the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Delivered smaller loaves to neighbours xx

  69. 5 star rating

    I made pizzas with this dough today! Same recipe as above but just proved it until it had doubled in size then flattened out onto a tray that was lightly oiled and sprinkled with semolina! Homemade pizza sauce and some nice toppings. Oven on high for about 10 minutes! Delicious!

  70. 5 star rating

    First time making bread it was excellent very tasty easy to make

  71. 5 star rating

    Brilliant bake, used my bread maker on program 1 & chilli oil instead of walnut- rose perfectly with a lovely crust & so!! Tasty - thanks Allinsons!

  72. 5 star rating

    I wish you would print a simple loaf recipe on each packet. It would make life a lot easier.

  73. 2 star rating

    Tasty but unfortunately takes up 2 much time and utensils to bake. I can bake 4 loves of strong whole meal which I then freeze down.

  74. 5 star rating

    So good at these times 👍👍

  75. 5 star rating

    This makes a really tasty loaf. We love it, and it’s easy to do. I put a tin of water in bottom of oven to make the crust crispier. Perfect.

  76. 4 star rating

    1st April 2020
    First time I have made my own bread for years. Found this recipe so easy to follow and the result was lovely. As I didn't have walnut oil I used olive oil instead. Definitely one I will use again.

  77. 4 star rating

    You don't give instructions for a bread machine. That would be helpful. Nice loaf.

  78. 5 star rating

    Easy recipe and great result! Thank you....

  79. 3 star rating

    This took far too long to bake,almost 1hr in the oven. I hope the wait was worth it.

  80. 5 star rating

    This is going to make you cry...I live in the USA and I can only get Allison's Country Grain flour in the UK. I buy 20 kg of flour and carry it back to the US every time I visit my cousins in Watford. This recipe is fabulous. This flour is fabulous. I wish it were sold here. Thanks for making it!!

  81. 5 star rating

    Fantastic, so easy and so good! I swapped the walnut oil for unsalted butter. This has become a weekly bake.
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  82. 5 star rating

    Hi
    I have recently started to use this flour, it is now one of my favorite's.
    I use olive oil instead of wallnut, and free form instead of a tin.
    The results are great and it taste's Amazing.
    TOP NOTCH FLOUR.

  83. 5 star rating

    I can't believe that I am the first to comment on this recipe. The flour makes a lovely bread, full of flavour. I prefer a crustier loaf so cook at a higher fan-oven temperature of 200c (maybe lowering towards the end of cooking) and put a litre of water in a tray at the bottom of the oven just prior to putting the dough in. Using medium-cut oat bran rather than flour to dust before cooking makes for a more attractive finish (spray the top of the dough with a little water before you sprinkle them on). You can also experiment with different oils in place of the walnut oil. However, the basic recipe is a winner, and pretty foolproof.

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