ALL · Bread

Walnut Bread

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Oh WOW! That’s all I’m going to say, well apart from, you have to try this. I am always looking for something different and this little recipe came from Kitchen Aid . Usually, I follow a recipe then on my second attempt change it up a little and experiment, but not on this one, it simply is delicious. Especially with some vintage cheddar…Mmmmmm.

 

450g plain flour

50g Rye flour – I used wholemeal

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp salt

45g melted salted butter

1 tbsp treacle

325ml buttermilk

200g walnut pieces

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 deg. I used the convection bake setting.
  2. Place the flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl and stir together. Make a large hole in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the melted butter and treacle, walnut pieces plus enough of the buttermilk to make a loose sticky dough.
  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly dusted work surface. The dough will be quite sticky. Shape it into a large ball with a taut top. Place the dough on a floured baking tray and flatten it a bit. Using a knife, score the bread

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  4.  Dust with flour then bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and has risen.                                                                      20180824_101705
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve with some lovely cheddar or simply butter.

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ALL · Bread · breakfast

Omelette in Bread

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I just love my relaxing Sunday mornings, today the sun was out and I felt great, the sun beaming into my kitchen through my living room. It’s amazing how a little bit of sun makes you feel, especially after our really bad and long winter.

Feeling good I decided to experiment, I was sent an idea recently….omelette in bread….brilliant, easy, tasteful, quick and simple cooking. Loved this.

There are so many combinations you can do, I went with cheese and tomato.

Makes 2

2 Slice of Bread – Thick slice is best

2 large eggs – whisked

2 tomatoes – sliced

Gouda cheese – small handful grated

Seasoning

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a fry pan and gently cook your filling ingredients, in this case I gently fried the tomatoes.                                                                                                     20180415_095525
  2. Cut out the centre of the bread and set aside.                                                                        20180415_095101
  3. Arrange the filling in the pan to the shape of the centre of the bread, then place the outside of the bread in the pan.                                                                            20180415_095557
  4. Gently pour some of the egg mixture into the centre of the bread covering your filling. Do this slowly so it sets. Then sprinkle the cheese on top                      20180415_095809
  5. Allow to set slightly, then place the centre of the bread on top and flatten down. Then flip over and cook for 2 minutes.                                                            20180415_095903
  6. Remove and serve…so yummy.

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ALL · Bread · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

Homemade Breads

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This week we have had nearly 2 foot of snow fall, so not able to get out for a couple of days, there was no other option than to make some bread as we had just about ran out of food in the house. I have to say this was my best for a while, flavour and structure was perfect.

 

Makes 2 small (250g) loaves

250g Strong White Flour

250g Strong Wholemeal Flour

1 packet 7g yeast

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

300ml warm water (not boiling)

 

  1. Sift flours into mixer bowl, add in the salt and sugar to one side and the yeast to the other. Make a well in the middle.
  2. Pour in the honey and oil and gently start to bring together. (If using a mixer, use the dough hook and mix on level 2)
  3. Gently add in the warm water, little at a time until you get a smooth dough.
  4. If you having a rising setting on your oven, select and prove for 2 hours. Alternatively, place a damp tea towel over bowl and leave in a warm place to prove or until double in size.
  5. Punch down the dough a couple of times, empty onto a floured surface and shape into you bread. I cut dough in half and made 2 small loaves, 1 round and 1 oblong. Trick is when shaping, make sure dough is tight, place hands facing up at the bottom of dough and bring together underneath.
  6. Place onto a well floured tray or bread tin and prove for a further 1 hour.
  7. Preheat your oven to 200 deg, place a tray with cold water on the top shelf (this prevents the crust for over crisping), then bake your bread on 1st or second level of oven for about 30 minutes or until the bottom sounds hollow.
  8. Allow to cool. Serve with plenty butter……….ot whatever you like. Yummy!

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ALL · Bread · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

Focaccia

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Saturday lunch in my house today was Focaccia, although it turned out to much more like a pizza….lol…..I couldn’t decide on my toppings so just put it all in. Was absolutely delicious. (although note to self…….less toppings next time!)

I decided to try it using my crisper tray and it didn’t fail me, results were amazing in just 15 mins.

 

400g White bread flour

300ml warm milk

1 sachet 7g yeast

salt

1 tsp of dried Italian herbs (or you can use a mix of garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper)

1 tbsp olive oil

Toppings of your choice………I used Mixed Piccolo tomatoes (halved), sliced roasted peppers, sauteed red onion, black olives, fresh basil leaves.

Salt & pepper to season

 

  1. Mix the yeast with the warm milk and leave for about 10 mins until it starts to froth.
  2. Mix the Flour, salt & herbs in a large mixing bowl
  3. Pour the milk into the flour and mix well. Knead dough for about 10 mins by hand or using a mixer for a few minutes until blended together into a dough.   20170909_132701
  4. Let dough rise for about 1 hour. Use rising setting on Hotpoint oven.       20170909_132721
  5. Preheat crisper plate for 2 minutes on Dynamic Crisp setting.
  6. Once dough has risen, place directly onto crisper plate and spread it out evenly to cover crisper plate.                                                                                                  20170909_144123
  7. Place your toppings into the dough evenly and drizzle with a little oil
  8. Cook on dynamic crisp setting for 15 mins. (Or oven at 220deg for 20 mins)

 

 

 

ALL · Bread · breakfast · One Pot Wonders

French Toast Baked Casserole

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I had seen loads of recipes for this and keen to try it, so today was that day. It turned out really well and so delicious. I am a fan of Maple Syrup so anything with this ingredient I know I’m going to enjoy.

 

Makes about 4 portions

4 Slices of bread (you can use anything you like) – I used wholemeal.

4 eggs – beaten

150ml milk

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

For the topping:-

1 tbsp cinnamon

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp nutmeg

pinch salt

3 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tbsp butter

 

  1. First oil a casserole dish.                                                                      20170625_104334
  2. Lay bread in casserole dish, layering up. I broke my bread into chunks.  20170625_104540
  3. Mix together egg, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and pour over bread in dish 20170625_105101
  4. Leave overnight in fridge to soak or for at least 3 hours.
  5. Next morning………..preheat oven to 180 deg.
  6. To make the topping mix together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and 1 tbsp butter in a pan until melted together then pour over bread mixture.20170625_105800  20170625_130149

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  7. Bake in oven for 40 minutes. It will rise slightly.   20170625_142158
  8. Serve with loads of Maple Syrup….Yummy!
ALL · Bread

Tomato & Basil Focaccia

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Inspired by a post I seen on KitchenAid London’s Facebook and having recently invested in my own KitchenAid Stand Mixer it was a must that I had to bake. I adjusted some of the ingredients to my liking but I was so pleased with how it turned out.

 

Makes 1 loaf

1 packet of 7g dried active yeast

200ml lukewarm water

pinch of sugar

400g strong white bread flour

1/2 tsp salt

50ml olive oil

1 tbsp honey

1/2 bunch of basil – finely chopped

1-12 Cherry tomatoes (of your choice) I used piccolo and sunblush

1 tbsp Tomato puree

Sea Salt flakes to garnish

 

  1. Empty the yeast into the lukewarm water with the pinch of sugar and leave for about 10 minutes until foamy.
  2. Stir in the olive oil to the yeast
  3. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl, gradually add in the yeast mixture and tomato puree, using the dough hook, knead until a soft dough. Speed 1 for about 5 minutes.
  4. Select proving on your oven (if you have one), if not, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1.5 hours.                                                                                       20170401_114602
  5. Knock back the dough and knead on speed 1 mixing in the basil for about 2 mins.
  6. Roll out the dough on a floured surface about 1.5-2cm thick
  7. Place on a greased baking sheet on a tray and make 12 indentations with a damp fingertip, push your cherry tomatoes into each hole, prove again for about 30 mins. 20170401_131727       20170401_141814
  8. Preheat your oven to 200deg, drizzle a little oil over bread and garnish with sea salt. Bake in the oven for about 25 mins or until bread sounds hollow on bottom.

I served with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil dip, but it is also really nice on its own.

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ALL · Bread · Cakes and Biscuits

Chocolate & Banana Marble Bread

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First try at marbling, I’ve seen it loads of times in magazines but never tried it, who knew it would be that simple!

125g butter

150g light brown sugar

2 eggs

2 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla essence

200 g self raising flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarb soda

pinch of salt

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

 

1. Preheat oven to 170 deg.

2. Line a baking tin with greaseproof paper

3. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix together until smooth and fluffy

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well.

5. Mash the banana and add with the vanilla essence and mix

6. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon together, fold into the wet mixture until combined.

7. Pour half the mixture into another bowl and mix through the cocoa powder

8. Spoon both mixtures into the baking tin alternating between each so you have layers.

9. Drag a knife through the mixture a few times to marble then bake for approx. 1 hr or until knife comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.