Last week I wrote about baking by hand my first ever loaf of bread. It was instantly addictive and so I was back in the kitchen this weekend to have another go.
There is just something amazing about the alchemy of bread making. Yes, I know it is basic chemistry and that the active yeast will cause the creation of air in the mixture etc etc. But I love the joy and delight of leaving a smallish mound of dough in a bowl for an hour or so, only to return to see it doubled in size.
For my second break making endeavour I decided to really go for it with a wholemeal loaf and a honey and walnut loaf, once again following the recipes in James Morton’s book Brilliant Bread.
The wholemeal loaf felt pretty straightforward – this was mostly the same as the white loaf I made last week, only with different flour. No kneading once again, but several rounds of proving, shaping etc resulted in a deliciously yummy bake.
The honey and walnut loaf was potentially more of a challenge as this required, shock, some kneading. But I thought, you know, what’s the worst that can happen? It would be irritating to lose the ingredients if it didn’t work out, but that’s all. So I rolled my sleeves up and got stuck in.
How delighted I am that I did – it was not nearly as bad as I thought. Sure, my shoulders are a bit sore this morning – they are rather weak from a couple of years of ‘frozen shoulder’ a little while back. But the effort was definitely worth it.
Here are both loaves in all their glory. Yummmmmm!!
And in between bread making activities, I knocked up one of my favourite cakes – lemon drizzle. I have a friend coming for coffee this morning and wanted to be able to serve something homemade. Mary Berry’s recipe is a joy, and always 100% reliable.
Mind you, I did not really bargain on the cake being quite so tasty – Hub and I had to keep on making sure it was ok, with the result that by the end of the day it looked like this:
What a good job the recipe is for two loaves in one go. 😂😂😂
“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” – Robert Browning