A Feast for the Senses

If you’ve read my very first blog post you will know I am a big fan of baking bread. In fact I would go as far as saying it’s a form of therapy, which I don’t tire from doing and it’s something that others around the dinner table get to benefit from too. So if like me you’ve been captivated by the silver fox of the culinary TV world, Mr Paul Hollywood and his latest TV show, hopefully you’ve been inspired to get baking bread.

It’s very simple and your creations are wholesome and in his words it really is not just a “feast for the family but a feast for your senses”. The taste, sound and smell of bread is what makes baking your own loaf so rewarding and satisfying. With practice comes perfection and a mouth-watering range of super tasty breads whether you’re craving a sourdough, a bagel or just a plain baguette. My apple and pecan nut loaf is the perfect tea time treat. Drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar it really is delicious.

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Apple and Pecan Bread

The Ingredients…

450g strong malted brown flour

290ml of milk

1 tsp salt

15g dried yeast

2 tbsp of olive oil

60g roughly chopped pecan nuts, lightly toasted for 10 minutes at 180C

1 apple chopped into little pieces

Honey for glazing

The Baking Bit…

  1. Heat the milk gently in a pan until warm
  2. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, making a well in the centre
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of milk into the yeast and then add this mixture with the oil and the rest of your milk into the centre of the well you’ve created
  4. Using your hands mix everything together into a soft dough
  5. Again using your hands knead the dough for 10 minutes on a floured surfaced
  6. Place your dough in a bowl and cover with clingfilm and leave it for about an hour in a warm place, until it has doubled in size
  7. Take your dough from the bowl and knock it back and again using your hands knead the pecans nuts and apple into the dough, creating a nice oval shape. Then using a sharp knife slash lines across the dough and cover again in a bowl with clingfilm and leave until it has more than doubled in size
  8. Having preheated your oven at 200C place the dough on a baking tray, glaze with honey using a pastry brush and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown
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