Sunday, 21 May 2006
Another day trapped indoors by the non stop rain – so yet more cooking.
I thought I would show you how my bread making machine – that cheapo £19.99 one, turns out bread.
I adapted my favourite bread recipe that I make by hand, and it works really well in the bread maker. You just have to do things in reverse order in a machine.
Here is the recipe if you have a machine and fancy doing it yourself.
Put the ingredients into your machine in the order listed. This will make a 2lb loaf.
I use toasted sesame oil (recommended by Mike who gave me the basic recipe that I have played around with and added bits)
A glug or two of oil
350ml warm water
1 dessertspoon full of black treacle
1 teaspoonful of salt (I use Lo salt) but any will do including rock salt
400grms white bread flour
200grms of wholemeal flour
1 Sachet dried yeast
I also add two handfuls of seeds that I have ready mixed in a container, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Depending on what machine you have – you can either add these after the flour or add them as per your machine instructions. I throw mine in at the same time and they never get ground up or broken.
Set the machine to the wholemeal bread setting – and go do something else!
I set the machine to a medium crust for this loaf (in error) as I usually go for a dark crust. As you can see it still turned out wonderfully crispy.
This is the top view - you can baste the bread after the second rising and add seeds on top for an even crunchier top.
Whilst this was cooking I made the rhubarb and ginger jam to go with it.