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The breadmaking machine might be condemned as the lazy way to bake but the current fashion for them is encouraging a lot of people to eat better, healthier and fresher bread. Load the machine in the evening and set the timer instead of your alarm clock. Waking up in the morning to the smell of freshly baked bread has got to be the height of decadence!
- 500 g wholemeal wheat flour
- 1 tsp dried yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 280 ml water
The distinctive rich flavour of this bread is similar to the traditional sour-dough common in Germany. It requires a little more time than wheat bread but the result is worth it. The caraway is optional, but when I dared suggest this in conversation with an elderly man whose father’s rye bread had been his staple food as a child growing up in Czechoslovakia he put up his hands in horror as if I had blasphemed and cried “But you must use caraway: you can’t make rye bread without caraway!”.
- 500g wholemeal Rye flour
- 3 tsp dried yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 – 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 350 ml warm water (about 45°C)
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It’s May; in recent years the weather has been practically summer, and could be the best sun we get until September, but in terms of growing food, we are still in the notorious “hungry gap”. And if we were careless or unlucky we’d be at the end of our stores as well.
So what is the hungry gap, and is it still relevant to us today? It is the gap in crops between winter and summer. The time when Continue reading “The Hungry Gap (Bridport Times, May 2018)”
Soda bread is a traditional Irish wheat loaf, but we like to use rye or barley for ours. These flours don’t rise easily with yeast as wheat does but using a soda bread recipe works well to make a firm and tasty loaf. Soda bread is very quick to make and needs to be eaten fresh.
- 500g wholemeal Rye flour (or Barley flour for a variation)
- 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your preference)
- 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
- 1 level tsp baking powder
- 300 ml warm water or milk or old yoghurt (about 40°C )
This is the easiest and quickest bread ever. It was publicised widely during the war by Doris Grant to encourage working women to eat well on rationing. The loaf is dark, moist and delicious.