Dom over at Belleau Kitchen has come up with a genius challenge, whereby we are to choose an untried recipe from our cook books and give it a go. To be more specific he asks us to take all our cookbooks from the shelf, choose one at random and then select a recipe from it again at random and being the brain-box he is, he has called it Random Recipes Challenge. I would need to call in a moving company to make a pile of my cook-books (!) so instead I chose a selection of books that are untried either because they are new or because I bought them and promptly forgot them.
I was hoping for some nice cup-cakes or perhaps a wonderful new vegetable dish or even a practical mid-week dinner idea, instead I opened the page to the dreaded yeast bread. Regular readers will know that I have a "thing" about yeast breads, all the kneading looking for spongy/springy textures - all that fuss when you can just throw a lovely soda bread together in no time, why bother!!!
The book chosen was "Bake" by Rachel Allen, and the recipe was for her "White Yeast Bread", which in itself was a problem as we much prefer brown bread. I decided to compromise slightly and replace 200g of the strong white flour with wholemeal.
I'm afraid to say that yet again I failed in an attempt to have a perfect yeast loaf emerge from my kitchen. The bread tasted fine, no better than one you'd buy in a supermarket, I think it would be best described as blah!! This is a Link to Rachel's recipe.
As luck would have it, soon after making this bread, Rhylesgranny over at Tea and Wheaten posted her recipe for Honeyed Porridge Bread, which also is a yeast bread. Her directions are so clear and simple that I felt confident enough to give it a go (and get that yeast "monkey" off my back!!!!). This bread was so delicious (and easy to make) that I made it two days in a row!!
|Thank You Rhylesgranny!
I want to thank Dom for this wonderful challenge (a step towards world domination perhaps!!!), not least because it indirectly brought me to try the Porridge bread - and of course a big thank you to Rhylesgranny too. Looking forward to next month!