Saturday, 2 April 2011

Belleau Kitchen - 1 Year Old Today

well well well, can you believe it...?  A whole year... and i've got to say it's been one of the best years of my life... I am so happy to have started blogging, it's been such a brilliant experience... I've done so much and met so many wonderful people... i've been on TV... i've been to the best supperclubs... i've tried out for The Great British Bake-Off... I started a sourdough... I started my own bloggers challenge... all this and I still haven't managed gold at the Aby Village Show!

and I get to share this exciting passion with all of you... and it really is a passion... for what else would you stay up till 1am catching up and writing new posts, designing meals and reading recipes... and I am truly humbled by all the lovely people who bother to follow my ramblings and attempts at world domination... it has been a brilliant time!

I have a few little posts planned over the next few days but in honour of celebrating my year of blogging I give you my first ever post... it's pretty basic but is there better place to start than with a loaf of bread...?

My First Loaf

Friday 2nd April 2010 and it's Good Friday.

A perfect long weekend to bake.

So as an intro to my kitchen I decided to bake a plaited loaf, something i've never done before... sure i've got a breadmaker and it makes amazing bread, but to truly christen the blog and the start of this new venture I thought i'd go for something i've never done!

I bought the flour from our local windmill, it's organic and ground on site, not 4 miles from my kitchen!

Here's the recipe and photo's of the result:
Preparation: 35 minutes, plus rising. Cooking: 34-40 minutes
Makes 1 loaf
15g butter
290ml milk
15g fresh yeast
1 teaspoon caster sugar
450g strong white flour
1 medium egg beaten
milk to glaze

- melt the butter in the milk in a small pan. Cool until tepid. Cream the yeast and sugar together in a small bowl

- sift the flour into a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of salt and make a well in the centre. Mix together the butter, milk, egg and yeast and pour into the well. Quickly mix together to form a soft but not too sticky dough.

- turn on to a lightly floured worktop and knead for 10-15 minutes until smooth and elastic. Put into a clean, very lightly oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.

- Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan oven) gas mark 6. Divide the dough into three pieces. Knead, then roll each piece into a sausage shape about 10cm long

- Put two pieces parallel to each other and the third across, threading it under the left hand piece and over the right-hand. Starting from the middle, plait one end, then turn over and plait the other end. Tuck in the ends and put on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

- Brush with milk and bake for 25 minutes until the loaf is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack.

If you can't get hold of fresh yeast use 2 teaspoons of fast action dried yeast and stir into the flour before adding liquid.

oh and i's just like to wish Kavey from Kavey Eats a very happy 2nd Blog Birthday today... be fabulous darling!

eat and of course, enjoy!



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