This recipe for multigrain bread is made with quark, a curd cheese popular in Germany. The addition of the quark to the bread dough gives a loaf that is quite moist, with a subtle tangy flavour. I used malted flake (granary) flour, and added wheat bran and pearl barley for an extra dimension of texture.
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In the Northern Hemisphere, it is Lammas Day today – 1st August. Lammas (“loaf mass”) is an ancient celebration of the first harvest. It is one of several holidays celebrated by Neo-Pagans as part of the Wheel of the Year; Lammas falls between Midsummer and the Autumn Equinox. It’s also known as Lughnasadh. The festival celebrates the first harvest of wheat and loaves of bread used to be brought to church to be blessed.
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I got this recipe for buttery brioche from The Guardian. It seemed quite hard work, and it was in a way. It was done over two days, and the part where you rub the butter into the dough is very messy, so be warned! The result was a rich, buttery, sweet loaf of bread that was particularly good toasted (you just have to be careful about it burning, with the sugar in it).
Tagged As: Bread, Loaf, Roman, Spelt | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
I love making bread. Cooking is kind of like alchemy, and bread-making is food alchemy at its most basic. Turning flour and water into nourishing, sustaining food. It’s one of the oldest known prepared foods (thanks Wikipedia…) and apparently our ancestors were eating bread up to 30,000 years ago; albeit made from different plant starches. They were eating bread in the British Isles long before potatoes. Of course, bread wasn’t always as we know it and in the Bronze Age, bread made from spelt flour was common. Spelt is a type of wheat flour; it tastes slightly different and has more micronutrients than normal wheat flour. It may also be slightly easier to digest. This recipe for Roman Army Bread comes from the back of my Doves Farm spelt flour packet. I’m not sure it was passed down from genuine Roman soldiers, but with honey and olive oil, it’s playing the part!
Tagged As: Bread, Honey, Loaf, Rye | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
Tagged As: Bread, Flat bread, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Pita bread | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 12 Comments
Pita bread (also known as pitta bread or Arabic bread) is a Mediterranean flat bread. It is absolutely delicious and really easy to make. It’s also easy to convince yourself that you’re eating healthily. I mean, it’s flat, so there can’t be many calories in it, right? And when it comes to baking it – I must admit I got a little bit excited when they all puffed up just as they were supposed to! I made my pita bread from white flour, but it can easily be made with wholemeal too.
Tagged As: Bread, Caraway seeds, Coriander seeds, English, Loaf, Mayne bread, Medieval, Rose water | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 1 Comment
This is probably the most unusual loaf of bread I’ve ever made. This recipe for Medieval York Mayne bread comes from Marguerite Patten’s 500 Recipes for Bread and Scones, an incredibly battered book that used to belong to my grandmother. The book is full of her comments and modifications next to recipes, with some obscured by cut-outs of what are presumably better versions she found elsewhere. There are no marks next to this recipe, so I don’t know if she ever made mayne bread.
As Marguerite explains, this recipe comes from the 16th century and there are indeed many mentions on the Internet of mayne bread from the middle ages. The term apparently derives from the French pain de mayne (“pain” being bread, “main” being hand) and was sometimes known as paynmayn. Mayne bread was considered the “bread of nobles”, made from wheat flour, as opposed to bread eaten by ordinary Medieval folk made from cheaper grains like rye.
Tagged As: Bread, Honey, Loaf, Sunflower seed | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 4 Comments
Some supermarkets sell a version of a honey and sunflower seed bread that is absolutely delicious. I couldn’t find an ideal recipe for this, so I put one together from several similar recipes.
Tagged As: Bread, Bread rolls, Garlic, Garlic bread, Thyme | Categories: Baking, Recipes, Side dishes | 6 Comments
I love garlic bread. Who doesn’t, right? I saw this recipe for garlic buns at Torview, which had in turn been inspired by garlic pull-apart rolls at Edible Garden. They look so delicious, I couldn’t wait to try them! The other recipes used chopped up coriander, but I’m not a big fan of that, so I decided to use thyme instead. Luckily, there was still some growing in the garden so I could use it fresh.
Tagged As: Bread, Chocolate, Dark chocolate, Irish, Loaf, Soda bread | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
Irish soda bread is made, as the name suggests, with bicarbonate of soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate). The soda acts as a leavening agent so you don’t need to add any yeast. It doesn’t need to be kneaded really either, so it’s very quick and easy to make. This recipe is for speckled white soda loaf from Country Bread by Linda Collister and Anthony Blake. It’s a bit more special than your average Irish soda bread because it has pieces of dark chocolate added!