Kitchen Capers: making my first ever loaf of bread

I have been having great fun in the kitchen today. And the best bit about it? Eating the fruits of one’s labours of course!

For a while now I have been wanting to have a go at making bread. We have a perfectly good bread maker which we use occasionally. But having watched tons of cookery programmes on TV over the years, as well as reading about how amazing it is to make one’s own bread, I decided to give it a try and see for myself.

Using the ‘Basic White Load’ recipe from James Morton’s fantastic and easy to follow book Brilliant Bread, I managed to produce this little beauty:

The best bit about the whole thing is that this recipe requires no kneading. It takes more time overall, of course, because you have to give the yeast time to do its work on its own, rather than helping it along via the kneading process. But as James points out in his book, this is fine because it allows you to get on with other things in between the various stages.

In my case, these other things took the form of a week’s worth of chicken and rice soup for lunch…

…and a delicious chicken casserole:

This was adapted slightly from Jack Munro’s Spanish Chicken recipe in  A Girl Called Jack – another of my current favourite recipe books.

Once the bread had cooled a bit, it was time to give it a try….

Yummmmmmmmm!

And perfect for dipping in the casserole liquor.

I reckon that counts as an excellent day in the kitchen. Well done me!! 😀

24 thoughts

  1. Now that you’ve made your start, I hope you’ll give kneaded bread a try–there is something lovely and meditative about that process! Your kitchen must’ve been so warm and inviting!

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  2. I love making bread, it’s great fun to mix different types of flours and seeds. The only problem is it goes hard quicker than shop bread, but that just means it needs eating quicker 😉
    And go you with the week’s worth of preparation! I never feel more on top of adulthood than when my freezer is full of pre-made hearty meals, and never more failing at it than when staring into a bare cupboard and wondering what I can do with a tin of sweetcorn and tub of bicarb. 😉

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    • Damn that tin of sweetcorn always lurking at the back of the cupboard to make us feel guilty. I have just come home with a bag of wholemeal flour to mix with the white flour for my next attempt – stay tuned!!

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