My husband’s Bestemor (Grandma) from Norway. Has never bought bread from a store. She only knew what’s best for her…..to make homemade bread. This recipe had never been written down. It had just always been in her head. The bread is just delicious. Nothing like what you buy in a store. It’s like that warm nostalgic bread, you get at the start of dinner, in an amazing restaurant.
A few years ago, I asked her to show me how she makes it. With the help of my mother-in-law, we wrote it down in Norwegian.
Unfortunately she was in hospital, for a period of time. So Besterfa (her husband) was at home on his own. His version of cooking is putting a frozen pizza on a frying pan 😫. So my mother-in-law and I, attempted to bake the bread for him. The feedback we got, was it didn’t taste the same, as it didn’t have enough salt 😅.
The other day my sister-in-law and I were trying to work out, what bread we could give our 8 month old babies. I remembered I had this recipe in the cupboard. We found it, luckily still readable. And tested the recipe out. With half the mixture, we didn’t add any salt and used unsalted butter (for the boys). I recommend if you do this, make a different decoration on top, so you know which one is which. My sister-in-law came up with, an extra sprinkle of sesame seeds on ours!! What a great idea 💡
So while my parents entertained the boys. We made the bread. We couldn’t believe how quick it was to mix up. Its perfect, because we didn’t have to wait for it to prove. You just put it straight into a cold oven and turn the heat up 😃. One hour later, that glorious smell of baking. Had the boys drooling over the bread. All of us stood round the bread in the kitchen, testing it out 😋.
This bread also tastes great once stored in the freezer. Just pack it in a clear food bag, and put that in a carrier bag. Take it out the night before you need it, to let it defrost…… delicious for breakfast or lunch.
1kg of plain flour
2 cups (256g) of wholemeal bread flour
1 cup (128g) of oats
4 teaspoons of sesame seeds (remove from kids bread if allergic)
2 teaspoons of salt
100g yeast live (Norwegian) or if dry yeast use quantity required for 1.4kg of flour on the packet
1. Mix together all the dry ingredients.
2. Heat 400ml milk with 500ml water to about 37 degrees.
3. In 300ml warm milk add the yeast and mix well.
4. Mix the milk and yeast into the dry ingredients. Then pour in the rest of the wet ingredients.
5. Mix till you get a dough that’s not too dry and not too sticky. If too sticky add a little more plain flour. If too dry add a little more warm water.
6. Divide the mixture into 3, and make them into bread like loaves. Place onto baking parchment on a tray. Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top. And make a few dents on the top.
7. Use salted butter to put blobs on tops and on the sides. To give them a nice golden look.
8. Place the tray in a cold oven. Turn the oven up to 180 degrees for 30 minutes. After this time turn the oven up to 200 degrees for 25 minutes.
9. Take out of the oven once you can tap it. It should give a hollow sound.
Be creative, by adding extra seeds or dried cranberries!! Enjoy!! 🤗 for breakfast, lunch or dinner!!