I’ve made bread before, cheating, using a bread mix. I do flatbreads a lot but lets face it, you can’t really mess up a flatbread can you?
I’ve been threatening to try bread from scratch but not got around to it. I was inspired by 5 Kinds of Rice & her blog, her breads look immense. She had mentioned Paul Hollywood & I happened upon his book for a good price in Morrisons. I confess that I don’t really watch the British Bake Off program as I’m more inclined to watch a cookery rather than a baking show.
Then something else made my decision for me. Before getting out of bed on Bank Holiday Monday, I picked up my phone and noticed an invitation to this from another blogger Bunny. Eats. Design. It was my sign.
Once my muffins were in the oven I got to work. I did something with Paul Hollywood’s book that I don’t normally do with other cookbooks – I read the intro. It turned out to be most helpful. I put my water into the mixture (probably a little too much) but instead of throwing in more flour after a little bit of patience and a LOT of kneading, my dough ended up looking like it should.
Mr H also puts oil on his work surface instead of flour. There are lots of great tips in there. I chose to make the bloomer as he says it great for beginners.
My whole plan had been to show my baking step by step (I managed it with the muffins) but I forgot. I left it to rise for almost 3 hours, I would have probably just left it on hour but Mr Hollywood says a slower rise makes a better bread.
As for the results, I ended up quite pleased with myself. This bread had a fabulous crust on it & tasted delicious. I might do the bloomer again and with a bit more confidence, move on to something else.
So I must thank both bloggers mentioned above and others that I follow for their great posts and inspiration.