Homemade bread is the best! No matter if you have already experience in bread baking or if this will be your first time, this Walnut Bread Wreath will turn out amazing! It’s so flavorful, you can eat it on its own, but I prefer it with a spread of vegan butter!
One of my plans for 2019 was to bake more bread again. I got a little bit of bread-baking-lazy in 2018 and resorted back to store-bought bread more often.
So when I got a huge bag of walnuts from a good friend, I knew I wanted to make a delicious and flavorful walnut bread.
I am absolutely in love with how this bread turned out! It’s so good, you can eat it on its own! But of course, you can also all kinds of spreads on top or serve it with creamy soups or stews.
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How to make a Walnut Bread Wreath
You will need:
- flour (I used a mix of all-purpose, spelt, and buckwheat)
- instant yeast
- ground caraway seeds
- olive oil
Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients (flour, instant yeast, salt, and ground caraway seeds). Then add the wet ingredients (oil and water). Combine and knead it with your hands until it comes together in a ball of dough (or use a kitchen machine with a dough hook). You might have to add more flour if the dough is too sticky or add more water if the dough is too crumbly.
Step 2: Add the walnuts and knead them into the bread dough.
Step 3: Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for 2 hours until approximately doubled in size.
Step 4: To make the wreath, form a baguette shape with the bread dough, then twist and close the ends to make a ring. Place the walnut bread wreath on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake at 400°F/200°C for 15-20 minutes.
The bread should be slightly golden and should sound hollow if you knock on the bottom, then you know it’s done!
Walnut Bread Wreath
- 2 cups flour (I used a mix of all-purpose, spelt and buckwheat)
- 2 teaspoons ground caraway seeds
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup water lukewarm
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Combine the dry ingredients (except the walnuts) in a mixing bowl (you can either use a kitchen machine (if you have a dough hook for it), a bread baking machine or your hands), stir to combine and add the olive oil and water. Knead until a smooth dough ball comes together. Adjust the dough: If it’s too dry, add more water, if it’s too sticky, add more flour. At last, knead the walnuts into the dough.
- Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for about 2 hours until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
- Form a baguette, twist and close the ends to form a ring. Then transfer the bread loaf onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the surface is golden. You can knock on the bottom of the bread and when it sounds hollow it’s done!
Saturday 12th of January 2019
In your opinion could this be made using all spelt/buckwheat? I’m trying to stay clear of white flour. Also, how necessary is the oil? Sorry for all those questions to a fab looking recipe!
Sunday 13th of January 2019
You can make the bread without oil - that's no problem! I actually would recommend using a mix of spelt and buckwheat. 100% spelt could be a bit too dense. But it will work either way!