Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well. Apparently, it’s National Homemade Bread Day 🙂
Today’s recipe is for one of those days when you’ve ran out of bread and you’re craving some carbs. During this pandemic, it’s great to have a fool proof bread recipe in case the stores are out. This recipe is nice because its one small loaf, perfect for 1 person and it’ll last a couple of days in an air tight container. Also, for a healthier version you could use wholemeal flour which is slightly more nutritious.
Recipe: Mini Bread Loaf (makes 1 loaf)
165g bread flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
100ml warm water
Firstly add the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix, slowly add the water and knead for 10 minutes to form a smooth, sticky dough. Leave for 2 hours to double in size in an oiled bowl.
Knock the dough about for 3 minutes and place inside an oiled loaf tin.
Slash the top of the dough and leave to rise again for a further hour.
Set the oven to gas mark 6 and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes fully cooked. Leave to cool down fully before slicing.
Hello everyone, I hope your day is going well. Have things returned to ‘normal’ for you yet? I’ve recently started going back to work but everything is quite different, with the one way systems and social distancing. Today’s blog post is more for dinner inspiration but I have included a hot dog roll recipe. I ordered the sausages from an online company called lovewhatyoueat.co.uk in the flavour gammon, turkey and cranberry and my toppings were onion, lettuce and carrot. The sausages were quite salty but tasty nonetheless, something I would recommend!
Recipe: Hot dog rolls (makes 6)
250g bread flour
4g dried yeast
1/2 tsp salt
(save 1 tbsp of the egg mixed with 2 tbsp of water for egg wash)
Warm the milk, water and butter in a pan and leave to cool down.
In a large bowl mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Once the milk mixture has cooled down, pour into the bowl with the egg, using your fingers to form a dough.
Knead for 5 minutes and place in a bowl, covered to rise for 1 hour.
Next, knock out the air and equally divide into six and roll into long finger shapes.
Place onto a lightly oiled oven tray, cover and leave again for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and brush the egg wash over the top of each roll.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden.
Since the ‘lockdown’ I have really been into making bread varieties. Usually, I would just stick to a pizza base dough, but I’ve made a plain bread loaf, flat bread, tortilla wraps and pitta bread over the months. To be honest they are all quite similar using mainly flour and water but they all taste so different and each complement a range of dishes. Since these are homemade, I opted to make them as healthy as possible, and as you can see in the images below, they are not covered in oil but tasted so good.
Garlic Herb Pitta Bread recipe (makes 6)
225g strong white bread flour
7g dried yeast
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
1 tbsp oil
130ml warm water
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray.
Place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl making a well in the centre and pour in the water and oil.
Use your hands or a wooden spoon to form a dough and knead for 5 minutes. Shape into 6 circles, place on the tray and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and set aside until needed.
I love this meal because it’s so versatile and you can literally eat it at any time of the day. It’s simple yet very tasty and filling therefore keeping you full for a long while after eating.
Ingredients I used:
– 2 slices of brown bread toasted
– 1 egg
– baked beans
– 1/2 plantain
There’s lots of different flavours going on you get the sweetness from the plantain, savoury from the beans and salty from the egg.
I like to cut my plantain into circles and fry until golden on each side, with my egg I always crack it into a bowl first add a little salt and pepper then whisk lightly before pouring into a frying pan. I didn’t butter my toast because I’ve already got 2 of the foods which are fried.
Even though this dish is quite healthy for and even healthier alternative I would suggest having a boiled egg and simmering the plantain with the skin on for 15mins.