Monthly Archives: March 2012

Olive Loaf

My baking faith had been renewed after yesterdays failure. I wanted something different today, and spent a while browsing the internet for pics, and I found this one, Matt’s Rosemary + Olive Loaf. So I set about it. The recipe for this bake is taken almost straight from the blog. I only modified a few things, like using easy bake dried yeast and using a mix of white and wholemeal flour.

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The One That (Sort Of) Got Away – Rye Loaf

So I decided to have a little play with the rye bread recipe tonight. Things didn’t go to plan. I decided to make a small loaf, smaller than my usual 500 g loaf.

I decided to experiment with more than just the recipe, I tried to set up a custom program for the bread maker, as the recipe required slightly different times than my normal setting. For some reason despite being on just a kneed + prove setting, it started cooking the loaf.

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Spelt Loaf

I had heard rumours that Tesco sold spelt flour, and so I went investigating, and true to their word they did. So a rather expensive 1 kg bag of Doves Farm spelt flour was the latest addition to my cupboard, but what to do with it. So last nights challenge was a spelt loaf, unsure if I have ever eaten a spelt loaf before I was a little unsure what to expect. I shouldn’t have been, it came out as one of my best bakes yet.

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Shipton Mill

I get bored quite easily, and so am constantly looking for new things to try. This is very applicable to bread, but I have felt limited by the availability of ingredients so far. Specifically I have been wanting to try a Rye bread, partially motivated by the Hairy Bikers – Bakeation – Scandinavian Rye Bread. So I ordered some flour online from Shipton Mill, and because they charge £5 for postage I had to buy enough to make it worth while.

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New Whisky – Stronachie

Dave from my lab spent last week up in Scotland visiting family, as a fellow whisky drinker I set him a challenge of bringing me back a bottle. Something that I wouldn’t have heard of before, and boy did he rise to the challenge.

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Cinnamon Swirls

Cinnamon swirls are one of my favourite treats, especially for breakfast. So I had a go at making this recipe, it’s more on the bread side than the pastry side, but I think it worked really well. I have previously made a very similar recipe, but for a swirl loaf (sadly I don’t have any pictures).

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Tacx T1000 Rollers

So I have been waiting a few days to write this entry. Basically the new rollers arrived just after the track bike, but I didn’t want to write a report until I had actually properly tested them. The first step was to actually work out how to use them properly, without falling off.

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Lunchtime Rolls

Claire needed a packed lunch for her trip tomorrow so wanted some sandwiches (how she isn’t sick of me force feeding her bread based good by now I’m not sure) so I decided to make some rolls. Well I say rolls, but they turn out quite large, more like a baton or something.

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Charity Cakes (Guest Blogger)

Hello, mystery guest blogger here.  Well, perhaps not so mysterious but it’s a better title than ‘guest blogger’.  Anyway, I have been asked to write about our baking evening extravaganza, in order to prove that our kitchen gets graced with more than just bread-based items from time to time.  Only occasionally though.

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Pizza

So Claire has the girls from the lab around to bake for Sports Relief, and they need feeding. So my plan was to make some pizzas to keep them fed, through all the hard work. Being a veggie I made a tomato mozzarella and pesto pizza, and for the meat eating girls I made a pepperoni.

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