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7th-Jan-2009 08:31 am
yesterday is but a dream
Don't count the days, make the days count.

Yesterday was most productive

fresh rolls2
Freshly baked white rolls, cooling. Six rolls now in the freezer and 5 for the bread basket awaiting butter.

soup an'a roll
Soup an'a roll. I don't particularly like the soup. I made it using a pack of frozen veg and home-made beef stock. MWNN likes it but not as much as my standard veggie soup.

7th-Jan-2009 09:41 am (UTC)
Those are nice looking rolls.
7th-Jan-2009 10:27 am (UTC)
I'm quite pleased at how they've turned out. My old oven wouldn't bake anything properly.
7th-Jan-2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Mmm freshly baked bread. Those rolls look delicious. I think 2009 could be the year I learn to bake bread.
7th-Jan-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Save yourself lots of blood, sweat, and tears and buy a Panasonic bread maker. We've had ours 10 years now and use it most days. I did the rolls on a dough setting and finished them in the oven.

7th-Jan-2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm I love the smell of baking bread. The best gadget we've ever bought has been our breadmaker, and it makes smashing rolls. Those look lovely!

Home made soup sounds very good right now!

*tummy rumbles*
7th-Jan-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
The best gadget we've ever bought has been our breadmaker
Snap! We've had ours 10 years. I want one that has an automatic fruit dispenser so I can make Bara Brith without waiting for the peeper to peep on this one.
7th-Jan-2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh, those rolls look WONDERFUL.

Do you have a recipe?
7th-Jan-2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, but it's for making the dough in a bread machine - and you'd be better thinking about a wholemeal/white mix.

I have a recipe for a bread machine for a stunning spelt/white bread that's soooo scrummy and much much tastier than the white rolls. We had a lamb cassoulet for dinner tonight, with white rolls and spelt bread. I chose the bread rather than the rolls.
7th-Jan-2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I have a bread machine!!!! That will make dough!!! Recipe, please! *grin*

I want to start using it more, because the 'artisan' breads at the supermarket are SO expensive, and because there's NOTHING better than fresh-baked, warm things.
7th-Jan-2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I would have tried the ciabbata recipe if I'd been feeling brave, but I wasn't, so I followed the basic white recipe.

For the rolls

* 500g of strong white flour
# 1 tsp dried yeast (fast action)
# 1 tsp salt
# 2 tsp white sugar
# 1 tbsp semi-skimmed milk powder
# 1 oz butter (I use olive oil instead)
# 1 beaten egg for glaze

Put the dry ingredients in the pan - yeast first.
Add the oil and water
Set the machine to dough mode.

Pre-heat oven to 70 degrees F (to prove the rolls)

When the dough is ready, turn out onto a floured board and shape into about 12 rolls.

Place rolls on non-stick baking tray and leave in warm oven for about 20 mins. (I used an oven thermometer and had to leave the door slightly open.

When rolls have about doubled in size, brush each with a little beaten egg.

Cook in a hot (gas mark 7, or 425°F 218°C) for 25 mins.

Turn out onto a cooling rack.

I have the recipe for spelt bread if you can get the wholemeal spelt flour. It has a really distinctive 'nutty' flavour and is just as high in fibre as ordinary wholemeal but higher in protein.

7th-Jan-2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I'll have to see if I can find spelt. We have a new place opening up near us next week which is supposed to have a wide variety of "health" food products, including grains!
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