• Baking, Cooking 15.01.2013 No Comments

    I have been wanting to have a go at making sourdough bread for ages but thought it would be too difficult. I treated my self to Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake book and followed his recipe for the sourdough starter and basic sourdough loaf and I’m glad to report that it was entirely successful. My second batch of loaves are proving as I write and I think they will be even better than the first.

    I’m not going to give the recipe here but just some photos of the work in progress and finished loaves. If you have never made sourdough give it a try; it is immensely satisfying and you get great tasting bread!

     

    The sourdough starter bubbling away

     

    A loaf ready for proving

     

    The finished loaf

     

    Yummy!

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  • Baking, Cooking 09.06.2011 2 Comments

    My son went to France last week on an exchange trip with school and has returned a complete Francophile.

    He now requires French bread for his school lunch so I thought I’d have a go at making my own. I used the French bread dough programme on my bread machine to make the dough.

    500g White bread flour
    1 teaspoon quick yeast
    2 teaspoons salt
    320ml warm water

    The dough took over 3 hours to make. It would have been quicker to use the Kenwood but I wanted to just leave it as I was busy.

    The dough was split into 4 portions. Each was flattened then rolled out to about 4cm x 30cm with plenty of flour.
    Each piece was then rolled into a cylinder shape and the join pinched together. The loaves were left to rise covered with a damp teatowel for half an hour.

    They were put into a hot oven, 200C for 15 minutes. A bowl of hot water was placed on a lower shelf to provide steam.

    The result? Four delicious, crusty loaves to be proud of! They didn’t last long though!

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    It has been a while since my last post. Life has been busy, and stressful. I have been ill and one of my daughters involved in a car accident, fortunately she is ok just a broken ankle.
    I decided it was time to get back to my blog and back to baking so this post combines the two!
    Latest fun thing for me to make is bagels. I have to follow a low fat diet at the moment and they are great for that. I have tried out different types of flour and different toppings and decided that I like fennel seeds as a topping and 75% white, 25% wholemeal mix for the flour (although all white is good too!).
    I use 450g flour, 1tsp quick yeast, 1Tabsp sugar, 2 tsp salt and 300ml warm water to make the dough. My trusty Kenwood Chef makes short work of the kneading and then I leave the dough to rise for an hour.
    The fun aspect is dropping the bagels into boiling water with three tablespoons of sugar dissolved in it. After the dough has risen and the bagels shaped (twirling them round the handle of a wooden spoon is quite fun too!) they are dropped, 3 or 4 at a time into the water. They rise up to the top and you turn them over. After a couple of minutes you lift them out, drain off any water, sprinkle them with yummy seeds if you like and then bake them for 25 minutes. Delicious!
    Check out my photo and give them a try, they really are easy. Let me know how you get on

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Home made bagels

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