Blue Cheese and Walnut Bread Braid
This blue cheese and walnut bread recipe is very simple and will give you a delicious loaf with a superb depth of flavour.
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Makes: 1 loaf
  • 400 g (14 oz) wholemeal bread flour
  • 100 g (3½ oz) white bread flour
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) lukewarm water
  • 100 g (3½ oz) blue cheese (Stilton, Gorgonzola, Bleu d'Avergne... )
  • 100 g (3½ oz) crushed walnuts
  • 2 tsp black treacle (dark molasses) - optional
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Dissolve the treacle in the water. Add the yeast, stir and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the flours, walnuts and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Add the cheese and mix. Break up any large lumps of cheese by rubbing them into the flour.
  4. Add the yeast-water and mix to a soft dough.
  5. Place the dough on a very-lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  6. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and put in a warm place to allow the dough to double in size.
  7. Turn the dough out, knock it back then knead for 3 minutes.
  8. Split the dough into 3 and roll each piece out into a sausage about 30 cm (12") long.
  9. Braid the strands. Place the loaf on a lightly floured baking tray then cover and allow to prove for 30-40 minutes.
  10. Bake at 200°C/390°F fan oven, 220°C/430°F conventional oven for 25-30 minutes.
You don't have to use this dough to make a braid. You can bake it in a loaf tin or make a more rustic-looking loaf by following the technique for a granary loaf.