Posted 27 July 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, Dutch crunch, Loaf, Tiger bread | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
Tiger bread (aka Dutch Crunch bread) is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. Years ago, I’d see it on the supermarket shelves, and thought it was covered in cheese. Disappointed to discover it was not, I avoided buying it for some time. Cheese-less as it is, it is still delicious. It’s soft and slightly sweet, with a hint of sesame, and of course that famous crunchy top.
This recipe is for a July’s Daring Baker’s challenge. In a “celebration” of past Daring Baker and Daring Cook challenges, Lisa challenged all of us to search through the Daring Kitchen archives and pick any one we’d like! The REAL challenge was picking which delicious recipe(s) to try!
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Posted 21 July 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Barleycorn, Bread, Doves Farm, Loaf | Categories: Baking, Recipes | Leave a Comment
I came across this barleycorn flour from the Doves Farm range of bread flours. A combination of wheat and barley flours, with added barley flakes and linseeds, it makes a very nice, light, granary-ish loaf of bread.
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Posted 9 June 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Cake, Hummingbird Bakery, Lemon, Loaf | Categories: Baking, Recipes, Treats | 1 Comment
The weather has finally improved here and it’s so nice to take advantage of the Amalfi lemons that are in season. Lemon is such a summery flavour. This lemon loaf from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook is the perfect vehicle. It’s a lovely sweet loaf, but what really makes it special is the lemon syrup drizzled on top.
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Posted 28 May 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, Foraging, Loaf, Nettle, Thyme | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
Stinging nettles abound at this time of year and are the bane of many gardeners (they shouldn’t be — they make a lovely liquid fertiliser). Nettles also make up part of the wonderful resource of free foods available in our gardens, or the hedgerows. They are best when they are young, and the leaves are not yet coarse, so early spring is the ideal time to harvest them, but nettles are so prolific, and seed themselves so readily, that you should be able to find some tender leaves to put in some soup, nettle tea, or this nettle and thyme bread. Nettles have a subtle, earthy flavour, and are perfectly matched by fresh thyme in this half white/half wholemeal loaf.
Now, there is an obvious hazard when using nettles. You can avoid getting stung by wearing gloves to pick them, and then remove the sting by scalding them before use. Only use the younger leaves, and avoid any that already have flowers (tiny green bobbly things).
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Posted 10 May 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Buttermilk, Chocolate, Hummingbird Bakery, Loaf | Categories: Baking, Recipes, Treats | 2 Comments
Just as soon as the sunny weather arrives, it’s cruelly snatched away from us again. It’s a rainy day in May, and what better to lift the spirits on a damp afternoon than a spot of baking? This is another recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, which I’ve some good successes with so far. This one is for buttermilk pound loaf and, because the recipe said I could, I’ve added some dark chocolate chips.
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Posted 2 December 2012 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, Granary, Loaf, Quark | Categories: Baking, Recipes | Leave a Comment
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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Posted 25 November 2012 by Debbie
Tagged As: Apple, Chocolate, Hummingbird Bakery, Loaf, Nuts | Categories: Baking, Recipes | Leave a Comment
Autumn brings a glut of apples, and the search for recipes to use them up in. This recipe for nutty apple loaf comes from the Hummingbird Bakery recipe book. It’s a lovely tea loaf, slightly spiced, with some cheeky chocolate pieces thrown in. The recipe calls for mixed nuts; I used walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.
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Posted 1 August 2012 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, English, Lammas, Loaf | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
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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Posted 7 March 2011 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, Brioche, Egg, French, Loaf | Categories: Baking, Recipes | Leave a Comment
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).
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Posted 25 January 2011 by Debbie
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!
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