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New Blog and How to Make Bread

Kia Ora and welcome to my new website/blog.

After being loaded to absolute capacity, the last straw finally broke the camels back with my hosting site, RebelMouse (they removed so much functionality that I could no longer post!) and now I am much happier on the Blogger platform. So this layout will give you much more visibility and structure to the restaurants I've been eating at, as well as a dated catalogue of restaurants for you to peruse at your leisure. I still have a number of restaurant visits to migrate over so I will be adding more as I go.





So after my trip to Hvar I've been having really good eats at Atithi in Twickenham, and even at Jamies Trattoria in Richmond - they seem to have increased their portion sizes for their pasta dishes. So in August I am hoping to go to a few good restaurants in the borough that I've not been to before and I'll be posting the reviews on here, so I am definitely looking forward to that. I've been baking, call me mad in this weather, but its turned out great.





BAKING BREAD - Only four ingredients!

3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp yeast*
1 1/2 cups water

I've been baking bread in my Creuset oven dish, and was amazed how good it turned out for the most basic recipe ever! With the weather being so warm, it only took two hours to proof in the conservatory. The recipe is below and I've included a snapshot of what flour and yeast I used. I didn't use a whole sachet of yeast, probably 3/4 at most.


Bread & Bacon Lettuce Tomato 


About an hour into proofing

Oven baked in my Creuset dish, it's quite dense and had the nicest crust on it nevertheless so here's the recipe and, how I like to learn my cooking, youtube....






Both of these products are available from Ocado

Here's the recipe courtesy of Joe, note: I proofed mine in the conservatory, (any warm spot will do) - not in an oven and it still turned out with a decent crust.
BREAD

3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp yeast*
1 1/2 cups water
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*yeast: I used bread machine yeast in this video. If you use fresh yeast, use 7 grams, or about a teaspoon, and dissolve it in the water before you add the water to the flour. If you use regular yeast, dissolve it first, too. It helps if the water is lukewarm. 
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Mix together the dry ingredients. Add water, slosh around. Mix into a fairly uniform ball. Cover and let rise for 3-5 hours. (if you want, you can put it in a WARMED oven - BUT TURN THE OVEN OFF - with pots of boiling water in the oven. This way, the yeast has the perfect environment to grow.) Once risen, turn out on to a floured surface. Roll into ball shape. Preheat a heat resistant pot with a cover at 450. Put the bread dough in the hot pot. Put it in the oven at 450 for 30 mins, then remove the cover. Finally, bake for 20 more minutes in the 450 oven. Cool on cooling rack. Enjoy hot with butter and jam.

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