Thursday, 21 July 2011

Gunby Honey and Lincolnshire Poacher Bread



one of the many 'food' idiosyncrasies that I have picked up from my mother is eating cheese with honey or jam... our favourite combination is either Double Gloucester with Blackcurrant Jam or Cheddar with Honey... I know it's a bit odd but it's damn good... it's the sweet with the sharpness of the cheese that we love... oh and it's usually eaten on toast, preferably which has gone slightly cold... I know.


so when I thought about baking bread today I was looking for ingredients to spice up my basic farmhouse loaf and I hit upon the idea of combining my love of cheese and honey directly into the bread itself.


the honey is from the hives here at Gunby Hall and it's amazing stuff, thick, sweet and cloudy and made by a lady called Anita Carrot... yes, her name sounds like a crazy children's cartoon character and she pretty much fills those boots... and of course the Lincolnshire Poacher is direct from source... or can be bought on-line from the delightful Cheese Shop in Louth.



Gunby Honey and Lincolnshire Poacher Bread




450g strong white bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoon local honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fast action dried yeast
200ml hand-hot water (the recipe called for 300ml water but i've reduced this slightly and added milk)
100ml milk
2 tablespoons coarsely grated Lincolnshire Poacher

- put the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the oil, honey, salt and yeast.

- pour over the water/milk and gently bring together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.  You should end up with a really soft silky dough. After 10 minutes spread the dough out slightly and grate the cheese directly into the dough, then knead again for another minute or so until the cheese in combined.  You don't want to over knead this as you want cheesy lumps!

- place the dough in a large bowl, cover with cling film and let it prove in a warm place for at least and hour or two until it has doubled in size

- knock back the dough for 2-3 minutes, then shape it into a rough oblong and place it into a greased bread tin, cover with a tea-towel and let it rise again for a further 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

- preheat the oven to 230c, score the top of the loaf with a sharp knife and dust with a little flour, bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.  

If you want a really crispy crust, take the bread out of the tin and place it back onto the oven shelf for a further 5 minutes.

eat and of course, enjoy!

24 comments:

  1. I love cheese with sweet...some of my faves are fruit scones with a really sharp cheddar or digestive biscuits with cheddar...or cheese scones with butter and honey! Love the sound of your bread...I have been so lazy about making bread since I moved to Edinburgh..need to get back into it :) x

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  2. It sounds very tasty! There doesn't seem enough honey to make it overwhelmingly sweet, so it would suit me nicely!

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  3. I am on my way over. Could I have cheese on my slice of cheese bread please or would that be overkill.

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  4. I can't bring myself to want to make bread. I can bring myself to want to eat it. Looks very good!

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  5. That looks lovely. I am going to have to go to the kitchen now to find some cheddar and honey and give that combo a try. I love both, so why not together?

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  6. My grandfather used to be a beekeeper :)
    I was too afraid to come anywhere near the hives, though :D
    Thanks for the tip for the crispy crust ♥

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  7. Brilliant! Love the idea of the sweet & sharp in a loaf of bread! I love cheese in my bread!

    We like to melt sharp cheddar cheese and dip crackers or cold toast into it!

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  8. Hello carbs! This looks so stunning - you're a very talented baker!

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  9. I like cheese and honey,.I didn't pick it up from my Mum; I got it from a posho restaurant in St Martin - so it must be a legit combo.

    Lincolnshire Poacher is top cheese too. I often get some when they do the Farmers market in York.

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  10. That's one serious looking bread there. I'm impressed how it turns out despite the honey and cheese dose you mixed in.
    I, for one, love my blue cheese and honey one a piece of toasty sourdough! My ritual start of a great Sunday!

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  11. Dom - first The Kitchem Maid and now you - I am feeling the peer pressure to make some bread!! This looks fantastic - I wonder if I could turn it into a sourdough loaf.

    And by the way - if you would like some of my starter to start your own up again you are more than welcome. I'm sure a dose of it would survive a trip across Yorkshire and over the border in a jiffy bag....

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  12. i just booked a flight to your house.....

    kary and teddy
    :-)

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  13. I don't think it's odd at all. I also like cheese with honey (and some pears). Fantastic looking loaf Dom.

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  14. Wow! This bread sound like the perfect packed lunch! Bread, cheese and honey for pud! Fantastic!

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  15. Cheese and honey, yum. I like what they do in Yorkshire which is to eat cheese with fruit cake - a tradition I have stolen and claimed as my own :) This bread sounds absolutely delicious and I will be pinching your recipe for my Sunday loaf this week!

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  16. Looks great. Cheese with cherry jam is common in the South of France, so why not? If I knew that someone called Anita Carrot had made the honey, then I'd make sure to use it at every opportunity.

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  17. oh that sounds so good! i love lincolnshire poacher's cheese. once a month they drop by the farmer's market where i work at and i get a chunk of it. and finish it too fast. and i have it with honey too, so you're definitely not weird. over sourdough toast. i even intended to bring some back to singapore, but my luggage got lost and by the time i got it back, the cheese's gone all rotten. urgh ):

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  18. I adore cheese and honey together! What a fantastic idea of bringing them together in bread!! Genius :)

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  19. looks tasty. My husband eats marmalade with cheese and also cheese with gingerbread. As a dedicated food fascist, I find these combinations bring me out in a cold sweat - it's just wrong! ~What you need is banana with raspberry jam on your bread, now that's a proper combo.

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  20. Interesting combo and it comes as a shock to me that my Husband hasn't tried it (he is the king of interesting combos!) Lovely looking loaf though.

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  21. I can smell this loaf all the way over here in Massachusetts. It it weren't so damn hot I might try making a loaf.

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  22. It looks fab - did the flavour of the honey and cheese come through - there isn't loads of either of them and I'm just interested to know if they were noticeable, or more of a background contribution?

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  23. Cheddar with apricot jam is a combination I quite like. A good green granny smith apple on the side makes it even better.

    One that's not so obscure sounding I feel is getting a some good fruit bread, toasted, and and using either ricotta and honey, or ricotta and marmalade.

    It's not so out there, but ricotta is cheese, so I thought it was worth mentioning.

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