Making Mozzarella

Mozzarella SaladLong time no post, I know. I think like every blogger I go through phases of creativity, and writing. Recently my writing has been papers and my thesis. For now back to bread etc, and specifically cheese. As a follow on to making ricotta we had a go at making mozzarella.

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Tortellini in the Snow

Finished tortellini

Finished tortellini

As many of you will know our little bit of England (Warwickshire) has had a fair amount of snow, so sporting alternatives have had to be devised. Making and stockpiling pasta turned out to be a great idea. On the menu was mixed mushroom tortellini, with extra garganelli.

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Richard Bertinet’s Fougasse

Hanging fougasse

Hanging fougasse

Time for a slightly more recent post. Fougasse. A very simple bread, with a lovely shape. Taken from Richard Bertinet’s book Dough, it uses the basic dough recipe, but makes an aesthetically beautiful loaf. For those who follow me on Twitter / Instagram then you will have seen some early pictures of this, and I can honestly say I enjoyed making this as much as I did eating it.

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Making Cheese

Ricotta?

Ricotta in the muslin cloth

A new year, new projects. This one is dedicated to my first attempt at making cheese. A long time ago I bought some vegetarian rennet with the vague idea of making cheese, but it never happened. As luck would have it for Christmas I received a cheese making kit from Claire’s parents. Here is the result.

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Christmas Party Baking

Tin of mince pies.

Tin of mince pies

Last weekend we threw a little Christmas soirée (well mulled wine and mince pies) and that involved a lot of baking on my part.

On the menu were mince pies, bread sticks, bread shots and more pfeffernüsse.

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Pfeffernüsse and Instagram

Baked and Iced Pepper Biscuits

Baked and Iced Pepper Biscuits

I love Christmas, and in recent years I have become more and more like an excited child about it. It’s not about the gifts, though I do love giving them, its more about the food and the atmosphere.

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San Fran

Ok so I know it has been a really long time since I have blogged, but thats mainly because I haven’t been baking much. On top of that I have spent the last 10 days in the States, both Salt Lake City and San Francisco.

San Fran, the home of sourdough, and believe me I have been having my fill. In addition the coffee has been amazing, and I will have to post about that when I get home.

For now I just wanted to share a photo, or Lombard Street, well known I know, but I love these stitched panoramas. Warning it is about 10MB big if you do download it.

Panorama of Lombard Street

 

Cheers,

Olly

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A Weekend For Bagels

I sat at the breakfast table yesterday wondering what to do with my day. Things have gotten quite busy recently so bread making has become more of a weekend activity, when I have the time. So flicking through Crust I wanted something simple yet worthy of a day of baking. What better than bagels.

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Khorasan (Kamut) My First Try

A while ago I mentioned that I hah been prompted to try Khorasan / Kamut flour by a few other bloggers, so purchased myself some whilst at Shipton Mill. Since then I have been very busy, with sadly very little baking. This weekend was my first chance to actually give it a go, and here is what I made.

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More Bike Repairs

Having given my commuting bike a new lease of life with a Single Speed conversion  I have been enjoying riding it around, until it broke on on me. Literally the handle bar just snapped. So I took the opportunity to perform a few repairs / upgrades.

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