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Seeded Wreath Bread with Camembert

This Seeded Wreath Bread with Camembert is great for sharing at lunch, the bread was made yesterday evening and the Camembert added today into the middle of the bread and warmed for around 10 minutes. Home-made warm bread and oozing melted soft cheese, perfect for a light pre-Christmas lunch!

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Seeded Wreath Bread with Camembert

Prep Time:  25 minutes plus 1 hour 15 minutes for proving
Baking Time:  25 minutes
Serves 4-6 generously (but you may need more cheese!)

50ml warm water
10g dried yeast
500g strong white bread flour
10g salt
35g unsalted butter, melted
1 Camembert round – 250g size
1 medium organic egg, lightly beaten for egg wash
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

This recipe is inspired by and adapted from Woman and Home you can find the full recipe and method here. I used the seeds I had in the pantry and doubled the volume as we love seeds on our breads and left out the wine and honey at the end (see recipe for details).  It.was.delicious!

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Mini Panettone for Christmas

I’ve not attempted to make a Panettone before but after my bread making course my confidence with all things bread and yeast has definitely increased.

Mini Panettone make lovely little gifts for Christmas, after wrapping in baking parchment paper pop them in cellophane wrap and tie with a bow.  These were for Miss ND’s pre-school gifts along with some homemade iced Christmas biscuits.  I shall be making my Stollen next and some Stollen bites for our usual Christmas Eve breakfast.

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This recipe comes from the Baking Mad website, so many lovely baking recipes there. for once I stuck to the sugar allocation and the Panettone did not taste overly sweet even with the sultanas and mixed peel.  I would definitely add more dried fruit and mixed peel next time though and maybe some dark chocolate chips!

This is another recipe I will definitely be baking again and again as apart from the 3 provings (don’t let the 6 hour prep time put you off, you can start in the morning and have it all done by tea time) the Panettone were very easy to make and came out beautifully.  

 

Thanks to Tesco for providing the flour for the Panettone.

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Seeded Spelt Loaves

Since I went on the bread making workshop  I’ve been wanting to try out some breads using non-traditional flours.  I’ve had some Wholegrain Spelt Flour in the cupboard for a while now and was wondering what to bake with it.   Spelt is an ancient grain, a cousin to wheat although  it contains a broader range of nutrients and is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, folic acid, E, manganese,  copper, and magnesium.   It also contains a wide range of minerals and is a good source of fibre .

I used this recipe from Dove’s Farm  except that I made 4 mini loaves, omitted the nuts and added a mix of sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flaxseeds to the top as well as the dough.  Before adding the seeds on top I egg washed the dough to give a nice sheen.

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The dough was a little harder to work with and didn’t rise with as much aplomb as my usual wheat-based flour doughs but nevertheless the resulting Spelt bread rose well enough and was delicious.

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We’ve enjoyed these loaves with a numbers of toppings and fillings, from cheeses to honey and even my jam!  It was also delicious toasted the next morning.  Even the tiddler enjoyed a slice  or two, although I think she’s a little confused about why I would put seeds in her bread when we usually put them in the garden!   

I popped one of the loaves into the freezer, the great frozen abyss that is my old chest freezer, I cannot wait till I have an upright one with drawers!

If you want to try using non-traditional flours, Spelt is a great one to start with,  it has a lovely nutty flavour and with the addition of seeds a very healthy alternative to traditional wheat.

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The Artisan Bakehouse

On Saturday, myself and a group of friends visited The Artisan Bakehouse located between Steyning and Ashurst in West Sussex for a bread making workshop.  The Artisan Bakehouse is owned and run by Les and Louise, a lovely couple who were very welcoming with plenty of tea, coffee and delicious home made biscuits,  a great start to what turned out to be a brilliant day.

The Artisan Bakehouse is set in 5 acres of secluded gardens and woodland, a really beautiful setting, peaceful and calm.   There are also two 16th century holiday cottages available to let all year round for a perfect country break.

The Bakehouse itself houses a custom-made wood fired traditional bakers oven, that uses nothing more than fire wood, to create the perfect bake.  

First up on the bread making list was Foccacia laden with garlic, rosemary and black olives.   We then tackled a small baguette, M&S watch out, ours were pretty good!  Next was a Tear and Share Crown Bread to which we added sundried tomatoes and more black olives.  The same dough again then produced a Seeded loaf with my favourite combination of seeds, sunflower, pumpkin, golden and brown flaxseeds and sesame seeds, a nutritionally power packed bread!  We didn’t get time for the Soda Bread, but as I’ve made it many times it was no matter and we all got a chance for a chat over tea and lunch so the day was not rushed and extremely enjoyable.

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The Artisan Bakehouse also hold a range of other workshops, including children’s baking and pizza making parties.  I will definitely be taking Miss ND next year (she’s a touch young at 3) I would love a mummy and me type afternoon of baking and sampling our bakes.

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A break for lunch with home-made bacon quiche with plenty of salads and coleslaw plus a good selection of drinks and a lovely surprise was afternoon tea with a gorgeous selection of home-made cakes, whilst we waited for our final breads to bake, I couldn’t manage much by that point but Louise very kindly let me take home a brownie and meringue for Mr ND who was looking after Miss ND for the day.  They were very well received!

I can highly recommend The Artisan Bakehouse, warm and friendly, beautiful surroundings and superb tuition, I feel way more confident about baking a wider selection of breads now with all the tips Les passed on to us.

 A lot of kneading later and 32 breads made between us, 8 exhausted but happy ladies went away laden with bread and windfall damsons, see what I made with them here!  

 

 

Walnut and Gruyère Loaf

I’m a great fan of the Great British Bake Off and this week was Bread week.  I love cheese in breads so thought I’d give a Walnut and Gruyère Loaf a go, I’ve made a few loaves in my time but my favourite so far is Soda Bread, because it is so easy to knock up a loaf if we run out of bread!  I am going on a bread making workshop next month at The Artisan Bakehouse which I am greatly looking forward to, hope my hands can take a day of kneading.

I used my KitchenAid to mix the dough up, very quick and a very good job it did too!

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 Prep Time:  about 3 hours with all the proving!
Cook Time:  30 minutes

Makes:  1 standard loaf size

Lightly brush Olive oil on the inside of your preferred tin.

 

Fill a roasting tin with water and pop in the bottom of your oven (to create steam in the oven when baking the bread).

Ingredients

350g strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
7g fast action dried yeast
25g unsalted butter, softened
225 ml tepid water
Olive oil for greasing tin and kneading
80g Walnuts, roughly chopped
100g Gruyère cheese, grated

– Put the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl, add the butter and tepid water and start to mix until the ingredients are all combined and the dough is soft.  You may need a little more water, 225 ml seemed fine to me for this amount of flour.

 – Add the chopped walnuts and the grated Gruyère cheese and mix for another minute or two until combined.

– Tip the dough onto an oiled surface and give it a knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough has a nice soft, smooth skin.

 

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I left the dough to prove for an hour in an oiled bowl covered with cling film  to allow it to double in size, then I gave it a good knead knocking the air out, then popped the dough into a lightly oiled tin (I wanted a round loaf) and covered with a plastic bag then proved for another hour.  The dough doubled in size again, then I dusted the top of the loaf with flour and put two cuts in the dough.

It was then baked in a very hot oven, 200ºC in my fan oven for 30 minutes.

I’m not sure what Paul Hollywood would make of this bread but it was enjoyed by the whole family and was especially delicious with the Apple and Blackberry Jam I made earlier this week.  I’ll definitely make this one again, maybe with more cheese and wholemeal and white flour combined next time.

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Super Seeded Bread

I recently purchased Lee Holmes fabulous book Supercharged Food, I’ve tagged all the recipes I want to try, the Super Seeded Bread is first on the list.  I’m not a huge bread eater but was looking for something different and this bread is gluten-free, dairy-free, packed with healthy seeds and uses stevia and coconut milk.  Stevia is a new ingredient for me, it is a natural herbal sweetener that’s more than 200 times sweeter than sugar, with no calories and no carbohydrates, which is used as an alternative to sugar.  I put a tiny bit on my tongue to taste and it really is very sweet so a little goes a very long way! 
The only adaption I have made to the recipe is to use olive oil instead of grapeseed oil.  For my seed mix I used pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and linseeds.


Super Seeded Breadmakes 1 loaf

Pre-heat your oven to 175C/160C fan – Grease and flour a 20×9 cm (8 x 3½”) loaf tin.

Ingredients

350g gluten-free self-raising flour

1¼ cups mixed seeds

¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp Pure Via stevia
4 organic eggs

1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 tblspn olive oil
3 tblspn coconut milk
125ml water
extra sunflower seeds for topping
Method
Combine the flour, mixed seeds, salt and stevia in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes until pale and fluffy.  Stir in the vinegar, olive oil, coconut milk and water.  Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, then smooth the surface with the back of a tablespoon.  Scatter extra seeds over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
The bread will keep well for a day or two at room temperature, then keep in the fridge.  It can also be wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 6 weeks!

I ♥ this bread


Recipe printed with kind permission from Lee Holmes, author, Supercharged