I have wanted to make Chocolate Babka for some long, I wanted to attempt my own chocolate spread and I know chocolate Babka is a thing of beauty. This week’s Great British Bake Off signature was chocolate bread so it … Continue reading →
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There is something about wintertime, the build up to Christmas. It’s the delicious scents and smells which go with the season. The wonderful recipes which are suddenly the most acceptable to feast on. And there is nothing as perfect as cwtching up on the sofa with my little family and a host of favourite breads, preferably with an accompanying hot chocolate.For me, whenever bread baking is in store, a trip to Waitrose has to be in order, I love the range of flours they have and I always end up leaving with far more than on my shopping list. And of course there’s nothing like a food shop in the run up to Christmas to add a few more festive flavours to the kitchen cupboards.
And whilst we went in to stock up on bread flours, we ended up leaving with the ingredients for our favourite Christmas breads- Panettone and Stollen.And after a weekend of fun in the kitchen, controlling the excitement waiting to see if our breads rise, and then have patience in the baking process- of course, not quite achieving the full cooling process!
And so, for some really child-friendly recipes, for baking and for eating, these will definitely make your home a little bit more cosy.
And for an extra tip with Panettone, I find a really authentic bake can be obtained with a saucepan rather than adding another tin to the cupboard:
I’d love to hear about your festive recipes… and especially any cheats you might have!
A delicious marzipan filled bread- with lots of fruit to make it healthy!
I hold dear the family traditions you take and make your own.
Friday nights when we were little we’d go to my nan’s. And for supper, after our fish ‘n’ chips from John’s on Broadway, we’d have french stick, butter and cheese.
All these years on the smell of that supper stays with me.My mum took that tradition and turned it into our Sunday evening tradition. On winter nights when we were still full from a hearty Sunday roast dinner, a pick ‘n’ mix would be put on the dining table, of pizza, garlic bread and cheese & crackers.
For us, now, life has moved on again. And there’s nothing I enjoy more on a Sunday afternoon than making our own bread. I try to keep bread out of my diet, but a chunk of homemade bread, with nothing artificial, is my treat. And making bread is one of the best and simplest ways to show children the magic of baking.And once our bread is cooled from the oven, or cooled to touch, there is nothing better than spreading Clover over it and devouring. Reinforcing that meals with #NothingArtificial are that much tastier.
Because Clover brings more to our bread than a delicious buttery taste, it’s made with naturally low-fat buttermilk, with half the saturated fat of regular butter. With no artificial ingredients, it is 100% natural.
And so it’s a welcome addition to our family supper and our take on a tradition for our little ones to reinterpret.
If taste is important in your family and you do your best to get the best into your family’s tummy, why not check out Clover’s facebook page, post a picture on their page and you can win a personalised Clover fridge magnet and branded oven gloves. By the end of the campaign, 10,000 £1 discount vouchers redeemable against Clover will be given away.
Joining in this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off has been a bit more stressful than it should have.
I love baking bread, but this week for some reason it just wasn’t working for me.
I was attempting baguettes, and three attempts later, despite all baguettes being literally devoured by the children, I haven’t been able to perfect the version.
But if you’re looking for a perfect snack, a take on baguettes, well these in sweet and savoury were a massive hit.
And, if it was just me having a bad weekend, then they might also make the perfect baguettes.
A sweet or savoury baguette, perfect for snacking.
CM’s half term homework at this time of year focuses on the forthcoming Eisteddfod, last year we made a wonderful papier mache dragon, but this year with not so much time to play with we decided on baking.
A lack of a baking stone meant Welsh cakes were out of the question, so I opted to get CM’s love for fruit flowing by meshing our favourite fruit loaf with a traditional Bara Brith.
One of the features of Bara Brith is soaking the fruit in tea, which was definitely a cause of contention, given coffee is known by the children to soothe all of my ills!
There is something about the cold weather which makes homemade bread even more welcoming.
Fruit bread with a cup of tea in the afternoon just makes me feel grateful for my lovely warm office in the comfort of my own home.
And fortunately it’s a great one for getting the children involved with too. Choosing the fruit and trying out new spices is a part of the fun of this recipe. Added to the excitement as the dough seemingly magically doubles in size by being in the airing cupboard creates some interesting conversations.