I feel like I am on a roll now, 3 posts in 2 days. This bake is my contribution to the Mellow Bakers website, for part of the June bakes. This one is Dan Lepard’s Raisin and Cinnamon Loaf – The Handmade Loaf – Page 100. Actually quite similar to my Lazy Morning Bread – but made by hand and in a ring.
As with all my Dan Lepard bakes I am not going to post the recipe – buy the book.
I was quite happy with this loaf, it has a good shape, it was nice to work with and has a beautiful smell.
There are a few points I would like to make regarding it though.
I think the amount of oil in the recipe is a bit high, made the dough a bit greasy, but didn’t appear to effect the bake / taste much, so perhaps not a problem.
I baked it too hot, despite following the instructions and taking it out about 10 mins early it was starting to burn. So next time I would perhaps knock the temperature down a bit, there is nothing worse than the taste of burnt raisins.
Lastly the shape – whilst visually pleasing it is rather impractical. Trying to make toast with it means you need quite a few slices and that means a lot of crust. I think I will keep the recipe but perhaps play with the shape.
Despite all of this I am happy with it, and it is always good to do something a bit different.