Competition Number 3 by Jo Wheatley of Jo's Blue Aga - and it's the Basic White Loaf, again from her book, A Passion for Baking.
This came in great timing as I fancied making bread and had just stocked up on strong bread flour (it has higher protein content which helps the structure of the loaf), shame I didn't have sense to buy some instant yeast as what I had in the cupboard had been knocking around for a bit :p They say it deteriorates quickly and loses its ability to rise well. *Shrugs* Ah well :p
It was a simple recipe to follow and we had option of using stand-mixer or by hand. Well, I pulled out my trusty Kenwood and made it work :p I do have an almost 2 year old to entertain too you know! ;)
|I was pleased with the small but evenly sized bubbles in my loaf - felt quite moist and springy too!|
Oh, I can't cut fresh bread - I always managed to get wonky slices that resemble door wedges! :p There is an upside to that that though, my correcting slice was too thin to be a regular slice of bread and so I sampled that with some butter and some home-made raspberry jam! Ahem! I mean I had to have a slice with butter and jam for the photo shoot of course! *Wink Wink!*
|MmmMMm! Fresh bread! YUM YUM!|
* * *I baked the loaf last Thursday but to spare you the suspense of waiting to find out who won, I have waited until today (Tuesday) to publish this post. Winner was announced this morning - not my entry but I enjoyed taking part and seeing other people's entries :)
Winning loaf is here: