I love cooking and baking, albeit my presentation style may not win me any prizes, but I pride myself in trying lots of new recipes, creating my own and adapting from others. Making bread however has always made me feel a little scared. It seems so complicated, different flours, the temperatures needed to proof, the knock back and the time. Due to the timings, you always have to be ‘around’ to tend to the beloved yeast rising in the bread ready for the precise moment to knock it back, knead again, and proof a second time. And then, wait around for the baking (although that’s always the best bit!).
So, in my current situation of Friday’s off from my proper job, when I should be taking groups of lovely people out in the Peak District to teach them all about the wonderful things Mother Nature created; I found myself with a lot of time in the house. Perfect for making bread!
I have probably baked bread 3-4 times in my entire life. My mam wasn’t a bread maker (although a great traditional cook) so I wasn’t introduced to it from a young age, but with the likes of Paul Hollywood, bread makers and the availability of the perfect ingredients, there was no reason for me not to give it another go.
So, using a easy to make homemade bread recipe from an old Tesco magazine – yes, I was drawn in by the pretty flower shape – I began. I followed the recipe exactly as I’m no where near confident to deviate from the written recipe (yet).