Hello again! Nice to see you. Sit down and have a slice of this:
I don't know if you've been watching the Paul Hollywood bread making series on BBC recently, but I did. I watched the heck out of it. There's something about that blue-eyed silver Scouser kneading floury mounds that gets me a little bit hot under the collar (sorry, my darling OH - it's the beard!).
I bought myself one of his books and had a good cyber-flick through the recipes from the TV series on the Beeb website. The image above shows the wholemeal soda bread that was whisked up from start to finish in 45 minutes. It is gorgeous, and begged to be smothered in jam. Or butter. Or any other thing that takes your fancy!
It's 500g half-and-half mix of strong white and wholemeal bread flours, 20g baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, 75g melted butter, 270ml milk and 30ml buttermilk. I didn't have buttermilk, but I just put a squeeze of lemon juice in the 30 ml milk, and left it for 5 minutes.
You bung it all in a bowl, mix and shape into a ball on a lined baking tin. slash the top and sprinkle with a little flour. Cook at 200deg C for 25 mins. Cool (if you can wait that long) on a wire rack.
It sort of reminds me of a massive scone mixture. I think I might try to handle it much less next time, as I know this makes my scones lighter. Or even substitute the buttermilk for 30ml plain yoghurt. Hmm...
I'll be sharing some more of my baking adventures in the near future - watch this space for pitta (out of this world) and pizza.
What's your favourite bread product? Or bread producer? Do tell ;)