I thought I had been locked out of this blog forever but, after a morning's faffing, I've managed to get in!
It's been 2 years since I last wrote anything here, but people from across the world are still visiting this blog, which has really surprised me. A lot has changed since my last post and I have decided to leave this blog just as it is and start a new one for rebeccamaryjane's. I haven't posted anything yet, but please do take a look. You can also find out what I am up to by following me on Instagram @rebeccamaryjane
Thank you so much for visiting...it means a lot!
Happy Mother's Day...a day to be thankful for all that my mother has done for me, a day to be thankful that I am a mother, and a day to think about those whose mothers are no longer with us and those who long to become mothers.
I love making bread! When our last bread making machine broke (we've worn out a couple over years!), I started making the dough in my Kenwood Chef. I just pile in the the ingredients:
150g strong white flour
500g brown flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp brown sugar
1 sachet of dried yeast
1 tbsp sunflower oil
14 fl.oz of warm water
and then turn it on! There's something quite reassuring about the clunking and rocking of my trusty, old machine as it sets to work turning the ingredients into a dough. I let the machine have its turn at kneading and then I always like to give it a go myself so I tip the warm dough onto a lightly oiled work surface for a few minutes kneading by hand...nothing beats it for removing the stresses of the day! Using an oiled surface was a tip that I picked up recently from a repeat of Great British Bake Off...it works a treat, so much better than using flour!
Put the dough back in the bowl and leave to rise.
Then, when the bowl is filled with pillowy dough, comes the joy of knocking it back and kneading again before shaping into a loaf or rolls.
Leave to rise again. Then bake - Gas 7, 30 minutes for a loaf and 20 minutes for rolls - and enjoy the lovely smell that fills the house!
Last night's loaf!
The happiness continues...
with a big bite from a door step of sandwich made with last night's loaf....delicious!