Made from gram flour (essentially ground chickpeas), this bread is packed with protein – hence the name ‘superfood bread’ – and makes a great, super nutritious pre and post workout food. The bread itself has a much more dense texture than the usual loaf off the shelf, and a slightly drier texture which is why I like mine best toasted and topped with either smashed avocado or scrambled eggs! I like that you can mix and match what seeds you want to include too, making it a good way of using up what’s already in your food cupboard- I used pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. If you’re wondering where you can purchase gram flour, I found it in the World Foods aisle in Tesco. Happy baking!
1 x 7 g sachet of dried yeast
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
250g gram flour
100g ground almonds
100g mixed seeds, such as chia, poppy, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
4 large free-range eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5. Line a 1.5-litre loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Fill a jug with 375ml of lukewarm water, add the yeast and oil, then mix with a fork until combined and leave aside for 5 minutes.
3. Pile the flour, ground almonds and all the seeds into a large bowl with a pinch of sea salt and make a well in the middle.
4. Pick, finely chop and add the rosemary leaves. Crack in the eggs, add the Marmite (if using – simply leave it out for a gluten-free friendly loaf) and beat together, then pour in the yeast mixture.
5. Whisking as you go, gradually bring in the flour from the outside until combined – it’ll be more like a batter than a dough.
6. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth out nice and evenly on top.
7. Now you’ve got two choices – bake it straight away and it’ll puff up a bit more and taste fantastic, or cover and place it in the fridge overnight and allow some slightly more complex sour flavours to develop. Both are brilliant, just different.
8. To bake, place in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, or until golden, cooked through and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes before eating, then serve.
This bread is good fresh for a couple of days, and delicious toasted for a few days after that. You could even use any leftovers to make croutons.