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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bready, Steady, Go - July Round Up

I was delighted to host Bready, Steady, Go again as I love seeing all the delicious creations linked up.  We bake bread regularly and it's great to have some bread baking inspiration and new recipes to try.

Jen will be hosting next month so if you are baking bread, do link up and share your delicious bakes.

I recently blogged a handy step by step guide to baking bread over on BabyCentre UK, perfect for those who find bread baking a bit intimidating or for those having a go at baking bread for the first time.

Baking bread is a brilliant way to keep kids amused in the school holidays and there's a sense of satisfaction and pride eating bread you've baked yourself, it also usually tastes much better than store bought bread.  

On to the fabulous breads baked in July! 

Tales from the Kitchen Shed baked a delicious Garlic and Herb Twister Bread

Who can resist soft warm bread fresh from the oven ? Kitchen Shed Garlic & Herb Twister Bread is perfect for sharing !

Tales from the Kitchen Shed also baked Homemade Cheese and Garlic Bread Twists

Soft Homemade Garlic Bread Twists - these are sure to disappear quickly! Twisted with a Cheese & Herb mixture or Sundried Tomato & Bacon or Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Cheese. Why not try them all ? #cheesy #breadsticks #herbs #garlic

We Don't Eat Anything With A Face created a delicious Tear and Share Spiral Pizza

Tear 'n' Share Spiral Pizza

Belleau Kitchen baked a Mallorcan Rustic Rye Bread

Onions and Paper created a Cheddar, Onion and Parsley Plait, perfect for a picnic

Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Raisin Bread

Only Crumbs Remain took on the challenge of a 5 Strand Cholla, with delicious results

Cholla - 5 strand braid

 Caroline Makes cooked Pizza on the BBQ, what a brilliant idea

The Veg Space baked Cheddar and Chilli Sweet Potato Bread

Cheddar & Chilli Sweet Potato Bread 2

Thanks to all those who joined in with Bready, Steady, Go!

Sunday, 26 July 2015


Today was a rather damp, cold, and miserable day.  So much for lovely and sunny British Summer weather!  We were craving comfort food, mainly carbs and cheese, so I baked some Fougasse and we devoured them whilst still warm with a cheese, chive and bacon dip.  The rainy day seemed much more tolerable with a decadent indoor picnic.


350g strong white bread flour
7g instant yeast
7g salt
250ml luke warm water

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until a smooth dough forms then turn out on to a work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, this took 10 minutes by hand.  Cover and prove until doubled in size, this took an hour and a half.  

Knock back the dough and divide into 4 portions.  Flatten each to about 1cm thick and cut down the middle then make 3 smaller slanting cuts each side, as shown below.  Spread out the dough on the trays so the cuts are fairly wide, you don't want the dough to rise and close up the cuts you have made.

Put the prepared dough onto lined oven trays and cover with greased clingfilm.  Leave to prove again for 45 minutes to an hour until doubled in size again.  Preheat your oven to 240C/220C Fan/Gas Mark 9 and bake the Fougasse for 20 - 25 minutes until golden.