Pesto Flower Loaf -Pretty and Delicious

Christmas is now well behind us, and our life has finally got back into its normal rhythm after a pretty gruesome start to the year.  Sadly we are of the age when our parents’ generation is passing on and our contemporaries are succumbing to the scourge of cancer and other middle aged diseases. 3 funerals…

Sourdough Bagels for Brunch

I love Salmon and Cream Cheese on a bagel and for years I merrily bought Bagels from the supermarket and at the time thoroughly enjoyed them, especially when toasted.  It is only when you make your own bagels that you realise what a travesty the commercial ones are.  Bread rolls with a hole in them…

A Quick Sourdough Fougasse

I am always loathe to carp at the Bake Off as I love the programme  but I was surprised that the technical challenge this week was a Fougasse,  a french flatbread cut to look like a leaf.  It was one of the first breads I made, and followers of professional baker Richard Bertinet (he who…

A Seedy Sourdough

We have my big brother and his brood visiting for the bank holiday so we are in for a houseful for a couple of days. The first port of call for getting ready for any visitors is baking bread for our breakfast toast and I decided it was time to break away from my staple mill…

Wrestling with an Easter Wreath

I can officially say I am now baked out for Easter.  My finale was going  to be a Polish Babka Wielkanocna, a rich bundt cake (12 egg yolks are just the start of its richness)  that caught my eye on Mary Berry’s programme and in the papers, but after making this monster loaf it will…

A quick Poppy Seed Roll and Sourdough Loaf

I obviously need to learn to not take too much on when it comes to baking, but I woke up really early this morning and thought I would do my perfect German Hausfrau impression and whisk up a few Frühstuck Brötchen (breakfast rolls), and a sourdough loaf or two. I should know by now that…