Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bouncy Brown Bread

A long weekend in Paris meant the opportunity to skip down the aisle of a local Franprix to stock up on food; glorious food.
I stumbled upon a multi-grain bread mix which surprisingly had instructions in English. Home made bread is so simple that I've stopped buying it pre-baked and opt for as close to hand made as possible. 
Admittedly I cheated a bit as the mix only needed some grams of dry yeast and warm water before dropping it in the mixer to wrestle with the dough hook. 
Making this bread could not have been easier and the result was a perfectly bouncy loaf. I've put together some pictures of the bread-making at various stages and in no particular order. I loved the look and feel of it from when it was wet all the way to the final baked result.
Just a few more months until another trip to France! 

The Bread Loaver

Friday, 14 March 2014

Pizza e Patate

I've come to discover that this blog appears to be incorrectly titled.
I do love bread, but lately it seems that the dough that my hands get stuck into, more often than not produces something other than bread.

Do bear with me though while I discuss the latest of my adventures in dough; whereby a delicious pizza was the end result.
After the kneading and folding (my favourite things) and two hours of 'sleep', the dough was ready to be dressed up for a 45 minute rendezvous in the oven.
But before that - to get it into it's pre-party state there was a pile of flour, a dash of water, a pinch of salt, and some yeast.

Hand made with the assistance of my darling Italian; Pizza e Patate takes the idea of Roman focaccia and and molds it in the typical Napolitan style. A white pizza topped with sliced potatoes, rosemary, and mozzarella sounds slightly odd but I can assure you, it tastes fantastic.

And now I've come to the end of the post and realised that I don't have a picture of the cooked pizza, after coming out of the oven. Take it from me, it indeed looked as delicious as it tasted.

The Bread Loaver