Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bread. Show all posts

Stilton and Pecan - Bread Recipe

Well amazingly for me, I'm still into baking; I seem to have got the bug since the Kenwood Chef Elite arrived. Of course the Kenwood Chef does far more than mix, knead and whisk - so far I've made Banana Bread and a Berry and Chocolate Meringue Wreath. I've also made a birthday cake and a Christmas cake for which I made my own marzipan - check me out. Baker Jan lol

Stilton and Pecan Twist

I'm loving Paul Hollywood book 'How to Bake' and had a go at his Stilton and Pecan Twist. I have slightly altered it though - just don't tell him 😆I decided it would be even better with a mix of white and wholemeal flour.

I must say I know very little about baking but when I read the water had to be cold I thought it was a bit odd. But if you take time to read the beginning of the book (page 13) as I did, there's a very interesting bit about water temperature.

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Kenwood Chef Elite KVC5100S - Banana Bread Recipe

As you all know by now I do love a good kitchen gadget, so when Kenwood asked if I'd like the Kenwood Chef Elite to review of course the answer was 'Oooh yes please'!

Now I'm not really into baking but of course the Kenwood Chef Elite can be used for so much more than making cakes and bread. But with that said, since this amazing piece of kit arrived I've become all converted and have made a Christmas cake, a Chocolate cake and two lots of Brownies. I'm feeling quite pleased with myself; in fact I'm becoming quite a little baker! 😊

Banana Bread and the Kenwood Chef Elite

There's no doubt about it the Kenwood Chef KVC5100S is a powerful 1200w, variable speed mixer which comes with a beater, whisk and dough hook and it certainly make makes a lot of things so much easier.
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Honey Challah Bread Recipe

When asked to make a recipe that called for Challah bread I was on a mission to find it and buy a loaf. But after a trip to Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's so I gave up and decided the only way I was going to get my hands on Challah bread was to get busy and make it myself! Turns out as our Waitrose is fairly small they don't stock it.

But as most people know I don't do baking simply because I'm not very good at it and also I can't be doing with all the exact measurements baking involves. However, with that said considering this was my first attempt I was pretty pleased with myself 😊

Honey Challah Bread

I didn't take a proper picture of it being made since I had little faith that it would turn out any good so the only one I have is a phone camera pic which I posted on my Instagram.

Challah bread is enriched with eggs and this recipe has honey in it which gives it a really lovely taste.

Sliced Honey Challah Bread


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Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

I love reading menus; I can't for the life of me read a book of any description, unless of course it has something to do with food.  I can sit and read cookery books and menus all day long.  Oh and maps! Yes maps, I LOVE reading maps.  Possibly I could be the next brain of Britain when it comes to knowing where most places are; very bothering I know 😨

Anyway, never mind all that!  The other week I went out for lunch with some good friends to the Novello Lounge in Southwater, Telford and the menu had so many delicious sounding dishes to choose from so we all took a while to decide what to have......

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

But then I spied with my little eye; Chicken & Chorizo Panini with with red peppers, spinach and pimento soft cheese and that's just my kind of thing.  Yes, yes, I know it's probably not the healthiest thing to eat but hey ho it sounded good!

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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe

I hadn't had bread pudding for years until a couple of weeks ago when I made Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding; which got me thinking about food we had when I was a kid.  If you've never had bread pudding you haven't lived and have been missing out!

My nan used to make it and of course so did my mum.  I'm not a one for cakes or puddings, but bread pudding is a glorious thing.  Hot or cold, this is good stuff; proper old fashioned food.  Oh and when it's cooking, your kitchen will smell amazing.

Bread Pudding

There's nothing fancy about bread pudding and certainly no cooking skills are needed.  It's a great way of using up stale bread; in fact it works best with bread that's 2 or 3 days old.
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Making Jam in the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker

Having recently reviewed the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 Bread Maker at the time of writing I hadn't tried making jam so as promised I gave it a go.
Now, how marvelous it would be, but would it actually work?  Well folks I can tell you it certainly does.  No messing about with thermometers - just put the fruit in the bread pan along with jam sugar (sugar with pectin added) and Robert's your father's brother!


The supplied recipe book says to use sugar and powdered pectin.  Now could I actually find powdered pectin in Asda or Tesco, errr no.  But that said I'm sure if I hunted about a bit in the right shop I'd find it.  But I wanted to make jam now.  So not to be put off I fancied that if I used jam sugar (Tate & Lyle) it would be the same difference, after-all it's just sugar with the right amount of pectin already added.

So, to make jam in the Panasonic bread maker (please note not all models have a menu for making jam) simply layer fruit and jam sugar in the bread pan.
  

 Select the correct menu, press START and sit back while jam happens.


So with the jam making a success it was onto making a Spicy Fruit Loaf.  Once again, faultless - I love this machine!


Nice and spicy and while cooking the kitchen smelt amazing.  Am I impressed with this bread maker - it's a big fat YES from me.   


Disclosure:  I was sent this Panasonic Bread Maker for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not meant to influence readers buying choice.  I was not required to write a positive review.
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Panasonic Stainless Steel Bread Maker - Review

Now, there are bread makers and there are BREAD MAKERS!  I think the very stylish Panasonic SD-ZB2502 would take some beating in looks and more importantly performance.

Having owned, and been using an older Panasonic model (the SD-255) for a few years now (and I might point out I was still using it till this fancy one arrived) I can tell you even though my older model is fantastic there was one thing that always bugged me - and that was the way you set it the programs.  You selected them and they went round in a loop which made it sometimes quite confusing to set.  That said, believe me it doesn't take much to confuse me.  With this one however I'm pleased to say it really is a doddle to set since it's done by simply select a menu number. 

Panasonic Bread Maker



The bread pan is longways as apposed to sideways as it was in my older machine - this is far better since this breadmaker takes up far less room on the kitchen worktop.
The dimensions are H38.2 x W25.6 x D38.9cm and the maximum loaf size is 0.8kg

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Giveaway - Branston Relishes and Pickles

Branston is well known for their great products and just about everyone has heard of and loves Branston Pickle!  Well the good news is they've just released a new relish line incorporating five flavours and they are offering readers of this blog the chance to win all five of these relishes - and more!


The selection consists of Tomato and Red Pepper relish which adds a tangy twist to a hot dog, and the jalapeño in the Spicy Tomato is perfect if you like a kick to your food.  Caramelised Red Onion which is brilliant in burgers, Smoky Tomato and Chipotle that offers a distinctive smoky taste and Brazilian which is a sweet and spicy relish.
Pop over to Branston to find out more about their products.
 

TV Chef Andy Bates of Street feasts has created some lovely recipes to celebrate the launch of Branston's relishes.

Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/tuna-melt-toastie-with-branston-spicy-tomato-relish

Tuna Melt Toastie with Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
Ingredients:
1tbsp mayonnaise
1tbsp soured cream
2tbsp tinned sweet corn
1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
zest of a lemon
1tbsp chopped Coriander
salt and pepper
150g tinned tuna, drained
4 slices of sour dough bread
½ ripe avocado cut & sliced
50g grated Swiss cheese
20g grated Parmesan
3tbsp Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
2tbsp butter for frying

Method:
Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, soured cream, sweet corn, chilli, zest, coriander and season. Carefully fold in the tuna. Set to one side. Spread two of the bread slices with the tuna mix, then top with avocado slices, and the cheeses. Spread the remaining 2 slices with the Relish. Close sandwiches together.
In a heavy based saucepan heat the butter on a medium heat till starting to foam. Add the sandwiches and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip over and transfer the pan to the oven for 4 minutes melting the cheese inside.

Cut and Serve.
 *For a milder toastie the kids can enjoy, substitute Spicy Tomato Relish for Tomato and Red Pepper Relish and omit the chilli.
 
Now for the Branston Giveaway - the prize will be:
5 x Branston relish (one of each flavour)
2 x Branston Original Pickle
2 x Branston Small Chunky Pickle

How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.
 
Good Luck Everyone!
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Feta and Red Chilli Stuffed Naan

Okay this isn't exactly a traditional filling for naan bread but I fancied making something different.  After the success of my Peshwari naan and since I had some feta along with a green bell pepper in the fridge in need of using up, Feta and Red Chilli Naan seemed the way to go.


Never mind that it's naan bread, it makes a nice change from ordinary bread and can be served with whatever you fancy.  Once you've made your dough, stuffing it is easy to do and you can experiment with different fillings to suite your taste.   
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Peshwari Naan - Easy to Make Recipe

Every good Indian curry dish deserves some nice naan bread for dipping and mopping. Although Garlic and Coriander is seriously good, if I have to choose between the two then Peshwari has to be my favourite. Why? Because it has a lovely sweet taste to it from the coconut and sultanas.  If you want to you add a few flaked almonds to the top.  So very easy to make and far better than shop bought naan.

Peshwari Naan Bread

Don't forget once the naan is cooked you can freeze them if you have too many; just be sure to defrosted them thoroughly before reheating.  Place the naan breads on kitchen foil and sprinkle with a little water.  I've done it and they turn out fine.

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Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast - Tom Kerridge

Oh my goodness, have you seen Tom Kerridge's TV program on 'BBC 'Proper Pub Food'?  It's fantastic - everything he makes looks truly delicious!   So, after watching the other day his Proper Baked Beans on Soda Bread Toast just had to be made.

Baked Beans

And I just had to buy his book too.  I found these two recipes so very easy to follow and more importantly - they both worked.  I'm so fed up with recipes in books that just don't work.  Amazingly for me I managed to produce this quite good looking loaf of soda bread too!  *Please note the loaf was half this size again, just that we'd eaten the rest before I took this picture.
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Creative Sandwich Ideas

Now if I told you a winning sandwich combines cheddar, banana, chili and Mango chutney into a wrap you might think I was either off my rocker or creating the prefect solution an expecting, food craved mother-to-be.  
But no, recently I was invited by Warburtons to an afternoon at a creative sandwich lunch along with food bloggers.  The event was hosted by James Ramsden.


Photograph by Warburtons.

The afternoon was broken into three parts.

SESSION ONE:
Flavour pairings – Discussion on which sandwich classics work and why, steering away from just sandwiches and thinking about more general flavour pairings and how they might be incorporated into a sandwich.

SESSION TWO:

British with a twist – Discussion on British and retro flavours which are very much on trend at the moment.

SESSION THREE:
International sandwiches – Taking elements from international dishes and applying them to a sandwich.
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LivLife - Bread with Half the Carbs

Great news for anyone either on a diet, or just wanting to eat more healthily.  You may or may not know that regular bread contains on average 42.7g carbohydrate per 100g, but imagine a bread that contains only 14.6g carbohydrate per 100g well here it is - LivLife Seriously Seeded Bread.  

LivLife bread
Okay so this bread has 50% less carbs per 100g compared to regular seeded, white and brown sliced loaves:
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Easy Breakfast - Recipe Idea

The perfect lazy day breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast topped with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes.  Serve with a nice cup of coffee (tea for me please) and after eating this you'll be all set and ready to do absolutely nothing for the rest of your lazy day.

bacon and eggs


Well in my case, till lunch time - always hungry am I 😃
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Piquanté Pepper and SunBlush Tomato Flatbread

This very moreish flatbread made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, topped with a Tomato Sauce, Piquanté Peppers and SunBlush Tomatoes - certainly does the trick if your looking for a bread to go with any Pasta Dish or my Patatas Bravas with Chicken and Chorizo.

Having been set a challenge to do something with bread dough by Mermaid Cookware for National Bread Week (16th-22nd April) - here's my invention!

Piquanté Pepper and SunBlush Tomato Flatbread

I've tried and tested a few Mermaid products before and this baking sheet lived up to all my expectations.  The baking sheet is made from Hard Anodised Aluminium which evenly distributes heat to avoid hot spots.
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Quick Soda Bread - Nigel's Lazy Loaf

Nigel Slater's idea of baking the loaf in a preheated cast iron casserole dish is a good one, but I'm thinking the loaf might have a bit more colour round the edge if it was just baking on a baking tray. 


Overall I was really pleased with how this loaf turned out - not being a one for baking and all that.  Using the cast iron casserole did make the loaf cook quick - 25 minutes and it's done!
One thing's for sure, once the loaf was cut and smothered in butter, it tasted good.  Whatever, I would still make it this way again.
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Polenta Crusted Flatbread - Easy to Make Recipe

Okay my flatbread wasn't exactly what you'd call flat!  But it was rather moreish and so easy to make.  Polenta is ground cornmeal and available in any good supermarket usually somewhere near to the pasta shelf. 


It also was the nearest taste I've ever got trying to make the 'Hearty Italian' bread they serve in SubWay the high street sandwich shop.
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Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia - Easy to Make

I came across this fantastic recipe by Lorraine Pascale in her book Baking Made Easy and it has to be said - this was easy!  Foccacia is an Italian flat bread and you can vary the topping to suit your taste - for example  Caramelised Red Onion or Cheese would be good!


As you're probably already aware, I don't do baking!  But this certainly turned out rather nice indeed.  Of course a good baking tray is vital and the Eazistore I reviewed a while back is still looking like new.
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Domino's Reggae Reggae Pizza - A Review

Last night we ordered the new Reggae Reggae Pizza from Domino's the pizza delivery expert.  
Their new pizza made with Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce will be on general sale in all stores from Monday 11th April but you can try it now!  Just order it from Domino's Pizza UK FaceBook fan page where until Sunday, it's only £9.99 for a large one.  Just click on the Reggae Reggae link on the left side bar of their Facebook page and it will be added to your basket.
We loved the Reggae Reggae pizza and could find no faults at all in the ordering and delivery service.  The pizza itself was delish!  There was a generous amount of topping, chicken, tomatoes, green peppers and pineapple and mozzarella.  
The only really tiny fault we could find is we thought it was going to be spicier than it was - more heat please for us!  Of course, lots of people don't like as much spice as we do so with that said it's probably just us.  Whatever, we'd have no problem ordering this pizza again. 
Ten big slices of yumminess delivered to your door at the time you choose. I took a few screen shots to show just how easy ordering is:
Once you've placed your order you'll receive an email  with a link that lets you able to see the progress of your order!
 
You can see when you're order is being prepared, being baked, going through quality control and finally being delivered - Marvelous!
 We ordered our pizza to be delivered at 6pm and it arrived at 6.02pm (precisely)!

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Garlic and Coriander Naan Bread - Easy Recipe

I've made naan a few times before but I must say these were the best yet, really soft and perfectly cooked and looked the part too; although my photo isn't too amazing.   But all in all they were totally yummy and that's all that matters! This recipe was adapted from one by the lovely Madhur Jaffery.

Garlic and Coriander Naan




A Quick Word on Yeast:
You really need to use Dried Active Yeast for hand baking and not Easy Bake or Fast Action.  Easy bake yeast is suited to bread machine and you will not get the same result.
How do I know these things?  Because I made this mistake in the past and my naan turned out horrid and hard!

Print Recipe




To make 4 to 6 naan you will need:
150ml warm milk
2 teaspoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons dried active yeast
450g plain flour
1/2 a teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus a little extra
150ml natural yogurt
1 large egg, lightly beaten

You will also need:
5 fat garlic cloves and a big handful of coriander leaves finely chopped and mixed with a tiny amount of oil - just to make the mixture spreadable.

How to do it:
Put the milk in a bowl. Add just 1 tsp of the sugar, and the yeast. Stir to mix. Set aside for 15-20 minutes or until the yeast has dissolved and the mixture is frothy.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the remaining 1 tsp sugar, the yeast mixture, 2 tbsp vegetable oil and the yogurt and egg. Mix and form a ball of dough.
Empty the ball of dough on to a clean surface and knead it for 10 minutes or more, until it is smooth. Form into a ball.

Pour a teeny amount of oil into a large mixing bowl and roll the ball of dough in it. Cover the bowl with a piece of cling film and set aside in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Pre-heat your oven to the highest temperature.  Put the heaviest baking tray you own to heat in the oven.

Punch down the dough and knead it again. Divide into 6 equal balls. Keep five of them covered while you work with the sixth.

Roll this ball into a tear-shaped naan, about 8 inches in length and about 6 at its widest.  Mine wasn't exactly the perfect shape but hey-ho does it really matter?!
Spread over the garlic and coriander mixture over each naan.

Now remove the hot baking tray from the oven and put the naan on to it, you can do 2 at a time.  Put the tray back into the oven immediately for 5 or 6 minutes. They should puff up nicely.

Remove from the oven and brush each naan with a little ghee or melted butter, wrap in foil to keep warm and soft while you make the others.  When you're done serve straight away.
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