Bread of Heaven

Bread of Heaven or in my case Bread of Great British Bake Off.  This week The Great British Bake Off made three different types of bread:-

Quick breads

Baguettes

3d Bread Sculpture

My first bake was the 3d sculpture and after looking into a theme I came up with the idea of  a Yin & Yang shape.  My design was made from a batch of white bread and  brown bread.  I wasn’t convinced it was going to turn out as well as it did as the white bread rose a lot more than the brown bread when proving however the final result was an even bake.  I also had some dough left so I made some bread rolls to have with my lunch (yum yum).

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For my second bake I made baguettes.  A baguette is made from a normal bread dough recipe but the proving time is double and when the baguette is baked a roasting tin of hot water is placed in the bottom of the oven to create steam which gives the baguette a crust.  This bake went a bit wonky as my final shape was a lot larger than a normal baguette but it did taste like a baguette and was delicious straight out of the oven with lashings of butter

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My final bake for this week a quick bread.  A quick bread is a Soda bread and the reason it is called a quick bread is because it has no proving time and the kneading is very minimal.  I used a normal soda bread recipe and I added my own twist by adding some mexican flavours (cumin, chilli, paprika, oregano and coriander).  I always find soda bread doughy so I liked the idea of adding some spices to the bread to take away from the doughy taste.IMG_3598

Soda Bread

My bake this week is soda bread although a simple bake i wanted to try it out as unlike normal bread soda bread has no yeast in it and you dont have to prove it or kneed it.  This makes it a very quick bread to make.

The dough has two diffrtent flours these are Plain flour and strong white bread flour which you mix with buttermilk and water.

Once you have mixed the dough togher you then shape it into into a round ball.

Flatten the dough whith your hands and then get a sharp knife and make a deep cross on the top of the dough.

Lightly sprinkle plain flour over the dough and place in a preheated oven for 40 minutes until golden brown.

This bread tastes like any other bread and also makes great toast!

Did you know:-

In Ireald where soda bread comes from they sometimes use stout instead of buttermilk.

The cross ontop of the bread is meant to keep the devil away.

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