Tuesday, 14 January 2014

English Muffin Bread

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup water


Method

1. Place ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the dough cycle.

2. Divide dough into two unequal parts, and shape into loaves. Place in one 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and one 7 x 3 inch loaf pan; non-stick pans are preferable, but greased and floured normal pans will suffice. Cover, and allow to raise until doubled in size.

3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for about 15 minutes. Grandma bakes hers longer for a more browned and chewier crust.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Nigel’s lazy loaf

Ingredients

225g/8oz wholemeal flour
225g/8oz plain flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
350ml/12fl oz buttermilk

Method

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 8. Put a large casserole dish and its lid into the oven.
In a large bowl, mix the flours, sea salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together with your fingers. Pour in the buttermilk, bringing the mixture together as a soft dough. Working quickly (the bicarbonate of soda will start working immediately), shape the dough into a shallow round loaf about 4cm/1½in thick.
Remove the hot casserole dish from the oven, dust the inside lightly with flour then lower in the dough. Cover with the lid and return to the oven.
The bread should be ready after 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave in place for 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool slightly before eating. (Soda bread is best eaten warm.)