Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sunday Morning Spelt

So given how fowl the weather has been this weekend I wanted to make a nice warming loaf of bread for Sunday breakfast / brunch. Claire missed my last spelt loaf as she was away so was looking forward to trying something it. I think this bake did the trick. Only small, to ensure its eaten whilst fresh, this little loaf made the most perfect toast.

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Sourdough Crumpets

As a followup to my attempt at making sourdough pancakes I thought I would have a go at their bigger brother – crumpets. The motivation is basically to use up my sourdough starter without throwing it away.

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Dan Lepard’s Sunflower (+ Pumpkin Seed) Bread

Yet another bake from the Dan Lepard’s – The Handmade Loaf. This time the sunflower bread – Page 93. Generally a little dense but it served as a perfect post race snack as it just soaks up butter. Quite a small loaf but it is packed with flavour and tasty seeds.

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Morning Bread

I have previously posted about my Lazy Morning Bread, this is the not so lazy version. Still raisin and cinnamon milk loaf, but made by hand rather than in the bread maker. A great opportunity to compare the two baking methods.

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Dan Lepard’s Quick White Loaf

Finally I have gotten around to baking one of this months 3 Mellow Bakes, but perhaps the most boring, the simple white loaf (this months other choices are Flaky Butter Buns and Cherry Fennel and Rye Loaf).

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Quick and Simple Lemon and Vanilla Cheesecake

Claire and I were both racing today, so as a bit of a pre race treat we decided to make a cheesecake. We wanted to make a fridge cake, rather than baked, and we wanted something that combined both lemon and vanilla + the filth of full fat cheesecake.

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Failed Oat and Apple Bread

I hadn’t intended on posting this, as it was a failure in many respects. We all have them and it’s what we learn from them that is important. Having written a post earlier today about my main problem with the loaf – very wet dough I thought I should really illustrate the problem.

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The Mill Loaf

Another day another bread. Again this one is taken from Dan Lepard’s The Handmade Loaf, and is his Mill Loaf – Page 30.

I have made this loaf before, with a few changes as it was my first sourdough. So this time I wanted to follow the recipe a bit closer, with a slightly more developed starter, for a deeper flavour.

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Working with Wet Dough

So recently I have had a few failed bakes recently. Obvious this has saddened and disheartened me a little, but I have wanted to get to the reason. I think it is wet dough. Since I have started branching out with my bread, and using different recipes, I have experienced the general problem that the dough is very wet. Now this shouldn’t strike me (or anyone) as strange, all of the bread books + website discuss it, but they don’t really help with what to do with it.

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Sourdough Take Two

I was really happy with my first attempt at making sourdough, it has made great toast this week, but I wanted to try it again, but slightly differently. I had heard of making a sponge the night before, so I looked into this method for my next bake. Slightly more time consuming yes, but well worth a try.

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