GOOD Recipe: Hemp Bread

September 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm 1 comment


On Tuesday night hemp was on everyone’s mind as Howard Middleton, a contestant on BBC’s Great British Bake Off, whipped up a date and hemp seed loaf for this week’s sweet bread challenge. Such a humble loaf turned into rather a big deal when Howard was trending worldwide on Twitter and the hemp-filled loaf set the world of social media alight. However the judges proved to be not quite so excited…

Mary Berry said that it was ‘different’, and Paul Hollywood went even further to say that ‘the hemp dries out your palette’. Not such good feedback for a loaf that is full of goodness! Perhaps the hemp bread wasn’t quite at home on GBBO as the judges seem to prefer more decadent delights that bear no health-promoting qualities at all. If the contest was to judge the healthiest bread then I’m sure Howard would have won hands down. Unfortunately, Howard was voted off the programme but we still think he put in an amazing effort and was always our favourite. Not only for being sweet and funny but also for getting people talking about hemp and using our GOOD OIL!

In Howard’s version of the bread he used hemp flour along with hemp oil and hemp seeds and this could have been a reason why it was ‘dry’ as Paul mentioned. In this recipe, wheat flour is used with plenty of oil and seeds so it stays nice and moist. Also, the honey adds a sweetness that works really well with nutty hemp!

Makes 1 Loaf


500g strong white flour

250ml warm water


2 tbsp honey

1 sachet fast-action dried yeast


1 tsp salt


1. Preheat the oven to gas 6 (200C/400F)

2. Sift in the flour and add the salt. Next, add in the dried yeast, making sure that it doesn’t touch the salt

3. Add in the honey and GOOD SEED and stir to combine.

3. Pour in the GOOD OIL and water and stir with a round bladed knife until the mixture comes together, at this point, start to knead with your hands.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead for around 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.

5. Place the kneaded dough back into the bowl and cover with cling film or a clean tea towel. Leave the dough in a warm place for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.

6. Place the dough into a loaf tin and bake for about an hour until risen and golden brown.

Tip: You can vary the flavour of the bread by using different flavours of GOOD SEED hemp seed. Sweet cinnamon would be really delicious!


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. penny PH4P  |  September 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    but no hemp flour?? its guna take a while to catch on, never give up guys, i’m with you all the way happy equinox and love to you all penny xxx



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