2 1/2 Tbps each sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 2/4 cup spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp fine grain sea salt

1 3/4 cups buttermilk

A bit of extra buttermilk or milk

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place a rack in the center of the oven. In a small bowl combine all the seeds and set aside.

Sift the flours, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir in all but 2 Tbsp of the seeds. Make a well in the flour, pour in the buttermilk, and stir until the dough just comes together. If you need to add an extra splash of buttermilk because the dough is too dry, you can. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly for about a minute, just long enough to pull it together into a loose ball but no longer – you need to get it into the oven while the baking soda is still working.

Place the dough on a lightly floured baking sheet and mark it with a deep cross across the top, cutting two-thirds of the way through the loaf with a serrated knife. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with the remaining seeds, making sure plenty of seeds make it down into the cracks.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the bread is golden crusted on top and bottom. (you may want to move the oven rack up for the last 15 minutes if you need more color on the top of the loaf). Cool on a wire rack.

Makes a single loaf.

(Recipe retrieved from www.101cookbooks.com)

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