It is certainly a weird time, Covid 19 has surprised us all and we are now in week 8 of lockdown. For us it has been ok but I know for many it has been more of a challenge. But one thing that I think we all realise is that we need to be more self-sufficient and more able to adapt. I for one have discovered that I can make bread! I am not that great a cook. I have also turned my hand to a bit of sewing, again a surprise to me that one. So I thought I would start a blog on stuff I have a go at and what I learn. I am an environmental management professional and therefore have a keen interest in sustainability, but possibly haven’t done as much as I could due to time mainly and I think we are all guilty of using lack of time as an excuse. So this and you will be my conscience. There are many different skills that my partner and I would like to perfect, I love painting and gardening, he likes woodturning and beer making but we are going to look at other ventures to make our lives more sustainable so here goes…
Well where to start is probably the question, so let’s go with bread. I found a recipe in the cupboard, well draw actually, where I put pages torn from magazines that I may want to try. See it always starts with good intentions. Very few of them have seen the light of day. But the bread is a good one
1Kg of Strong bread flour (mix of 600 grams white and 400 wholemeal works nicely)
2 tsp of dried yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
500 ml of warm water (recipe says 600 but that makes the mixture very wet and gooey
Mix the ingredients and then knead for 10 minutes (leave to rise under some clingfilm for 45 minutes (you may want to grease it with oil so it doesn’t stick). Knock the mix back and then split into 4 loaves (just shape them by hand), it is a good idea to put on greaseproof paper so it doesn’t stick to the tin, cover again and leave to rise for 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Then bake for 25 minutes until you can hear the hollow sound when you knock the base with your knuckles.
Leave to cool if you can! Keeps well in the fridge if you don’t eat it all on the first day!
This weekend I am going to try some beer bread so will let you know how that goes.