Sunflower Seed Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

There is nothing like warm hearty soup with fresh made warm bread, specially on a Sunday afternoon. This is definitely a family bonding session, you get the husband to help the kids make the bread, you get busy with the soup and viola – lunch is ready! Where did the morning go? Great way to keep the kids busy asking if the bread has had the first rise yet?

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

A little tip I learned from the Great British Bake off is that if you add a little water to the bottom on the oven, the bread will have an amazing crusty crust. I’m a glutton for crusty bread – it’s definitely one of my weaknesses.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Carrot and tomato as such a creamy combination, there is no need for any cream and a great way to get in the 5 a day – specially if you have picky kids. My kids love tomato soup and If I had said this is a carrot and tomato soup at first there would have been some frowns….however playing the mummy trick ” did you like the soup kids?” “we love the tomato soup mummy” replied the kids, that when the bombshell is dropped, “well kiddies, this is a carrot and tomato soup” – love the look you get back, it is almost a hmmm…but I like it!Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Ingredients – Bread
75g Sunflower Seeds
25g Oats
150g Wholemeal Strong Flour
200g Strong White Flour
15g Yeast
1 Tsp Salt
450ml Warm Water

Ingredients – Soup
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Chopped Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
2 Tsp Basil
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Pepper
200g Grated Carrots
1 1/2 Red Peppers
2 Fresh Tomatoes Chopped
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

In a mixing bowl with a dough hook attachment add sunflower seeds, oats, wholemeal flour, strong white flour, salt, yeast and warm water.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Knead for about 5-10 minutes so that the gluten can be stretched and worked to the point where when you press into the dough it springs back.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Cover with a tea towel and allow to prove and rise for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Knead quickly to knock out the air the from the dough and split into 8 balls. Now allow to prove again for the second rise covering with a tea towel so the bread doesn’t dry out for about 30 minutes.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Using a knife, make a couple of cuts to the bread to allow the bread to bake evenly. Bake at 200c for about 20 minutes until fully baked. Add a little water to the bottom of the oven in a pan to create a crusty crust.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Tap the bread to listen for a hollow sound, if hollow then the bread rolls are ready.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Heat up a pan with 1 tablespoon oil and add the roughly chopped onion and garlic, cook until the onion has soften.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Add the basil, salt, pepper, carrots and tomatoes, stir well.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Add a can full of water and then bring to boil and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.

Sunflower Wholemeal Bread & Carrot Pepper Tomato Soup

Using a handblender blitz until smooth and serve with warm bread.Footer

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