Paul Hollywood Bloomer Recipe

January 7, 2013Sew White

First up is bread and Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake. It’s nice to feel your arm muscles working as you knead! Who knows I might get some proper muscles if I keep this bread making up.

Paul Hollywood

To start the year of the random recipe I decided to make a half wholemeal and white bloomer. I adapted a recipe for a wholemeal loaf from Paul Hollywood. I changed the ratio of wholemeal to white flour as I’m not a huge fan of wholemeal but I’m trying to be better and healthier. 

The flour amount was meant to be 400g wholemeal and 100g white but I changed it to 300g wholemeal and 200g white flour. 

This is the recipe I used in the end.

300g wholemeal bread four
200g white bread flour
1 teaspoon of salt
10g of instant yeast (I just used 1 and a half packets of the 7g instant yeast as I couldn’t find my digital scales)
40g of unsalted butter
330ml of warm water 
olive oil for kneading

-Add all the flour into a bowl and add yeast on one side and salt on the other side of the bowl.
-Add the butter and half the water. Mix with your hands and then gradually add the water to make a soft dough which isn’t soggy.
-Put a little olive oil on the work surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes. It will be a smooth dough after 10 minutes and ready to rest.
-Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel or cling film to rise for an hour.
-After an hour knock back the dough and then it can be made into a bloomer, regular loaf or rolls. It’s worth getting Paul Hollywood’s book which explains how to shape the dough.
-Once it’s in the shape you want leave the dough to rise again for another hour or so and then put in the oven at 220 degrees – the bloomer I did took 45 mins to bake. By adding a tray of hot water in the bottom of the oven the loaf had a lovely crust.

As soon as it was out of the oven it was very quickly consumed by the family with our dinner and it was lovely! Unfortunately it meant that I didn’t get any photos.

I’m looking forward to trying some brand new recipes this year.


  • Lindsay

    January 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Sounds like a good aim! I also own a large number of cookbooks!

  • Lindsay

    January 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    (I have Hollywood’s book too, I have tried the Lemon and Rosemary Sourdough, and Cheese and Apple Sourdough – both excellent)

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