Sunday, 19 May 2013

cinnamon and chocolate nut bread

... well it's been an insanely long week but Mums Show Live has finally come to an end... it was an incredible show and even though attendance figures were a little less than we'd have hoped for I feel very proud of the work I put in to the amazing theatres.  We had some very diverse topics from My Kids Got Talent, about how to spot potential in your child, with the amazing Carrie Grant, to Kids Nutrition, with our very own Karen from Lavender and Lovage sitting on the panel... I also met some other lovely parenting bloggers such as Helen from Actually Mummy and Chris from Thinly Spread... everyone has been so supportive and we're hoping for bigger and better things next year... you can imagine i'm now a little broken but I thought i'd share a little recipe with you before I take to my bed for the next week... I’ve been experimenting a lot with different breads recently as I’m very keen to encourage people to bake their own and with the current trend for make-do-and-mend and home-baking so popular right now I want to show how easy and satisfying it is.  As you know I'm going to be demo-cooking at the amazing Lincolnshire Show this year on the 19th and 20th June and I’ve taken it on myself to do some live bread making during my demo, I realise that I’m my own worse enemy but I figure that if I can do it live, in front of a crowd then anyone can do it in the safety of their own home.

Bread of course comes in many varieties and styles, different flours, liquids and fats can be used let alone the different types of yeast.  You can incorporate all kinds of ingredients and create both savoury and sweet breads too but it’s perfecting that initial basic loaf that will give you the confidence to be experimental... this semi-sweet loaf, made using the ‘low-knead’ method and baked in a cake tin, was simply inspired by what I had a lot of in my larder and the fact that I had friends coming round for tea and needed something relatively fast but impressive to serve.

Cinnamon and chocolate nut bread with an orange sherbet icing.
Remember that like cakes, with bread you must follow the initial recipe and method to the letter, its only with the added ingredients that you can get creative.

For the bread
300g strong white bread flour
100g strong wholemeal flour
50g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon fast action dried yeast
300ml milk
50g butter – melted
1 egg – beaten
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon cocoa powder
a tablespoon of runny honey
a handful of chopped nuts
the zest of one orange
a little sunflower oil for kneading

for the orange sherbet icing
300g icing sugar
the juice of one orange
you will need a deep, loose-bottomed 12inch cake tin – lightly oiled

Place the flours, yeast, salt, sugar, cinnamon and cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix together then pour over the milk, melted butter and beaten egg and bring together with a spatula until you have a shaggy mess – cover with clingfilm and set aside for 10 minutes

After 10 mins lightly oil your work surface and pour the dough onto it.  Wipe out the inside of your bowl and pour in a little oil and wipe around with your hand.  Using your oiled hand, knead the dough for 10 second then place it back into the bowl and cover for another 10 minutes. 

Repeat this, low-knead a total of 3 times then cover with cling film and leave for at least an hour to prove or until doubled in size.

After the bread has proved tip it out onto a lightly oiled surface and pat it out with your fist into an oblong shape, then sprinkle on the nuts and orange zest and pour over the honey, then rollup the dough into a sausage shape.

Cut the sausage into 7 equal pieces and place them into the cake tin with one in the centre and the other pieces around it like a flower, cover with cling film and let this prove again for at least 30 mins whilst you pre-heat the oven to 190C

Once the bread has risen again, bake it in the oven for at least 30 minutes or until it is a dark golden brown

To make the sherbet icing simple squeeze the orange juice into a bowl with the icing sugar and stir, this can then be drizzled onto the bread once it’s cooled.

Eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Now that really does look spectacular and if you can manage that after an exhausting week of mums, you're a pretty amazing guy - but then we all know that anyway ;-)

  2. Well, you are just amazing ... you always have so many 'pans in the fire'! How you keep you energy at such high drive is a wonder to me! Congrats on the event and on being involved with the demo stage at Lincolnshire! As for the bread baking, you make incredible loaves ... no worries! Judging from this sweet tea treat, you'll be a popular presenter! Love the orange icing on this bread! Yum ... orange and chocolate!

  3. I'm recently enthused with bread-making too, though I like the savoury ones, not the sweet ones. We can't really have sweet ones anyway, since Jane is diabetic. Well done for your energetic efforts at Mums Show Live!

  4. Oh my! That looks delicious!I know a couple of teen boys who would wolf this down! I thoroughly enjoyed Mum's Show Live, I think it has massive potential, roll on next year! Thanks Dom!

  5. Paul Hollywood would enjoy this one!

  6. Looks delicious and good luck with the demo cook :)

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  8. Congrats on the event Dom and good luck with the cooking Demo. You will be fab!
    What a lovely bread. It looks utterly delicious.

  9. Dom, what do you mean with "strong" flour?
    That bread looks outstanding and no matter if this recipe was approved by the kids nutritionist you just met or not. My kids would be super happy if they would come home from school and find this bread on the counter waiting for them.

  10. This looks like a fabulous bread...I have a sweet tooth, so I'd definitely be happy to tuck into this. I'm hoping to find the time to make bread for random recipes! Congratulations on Mums Show Live too, quite a feat! :-)

  11. Happy to hear that things went well at the Mums Show Live!
    The bread looks amazing... LOVE the orange sherbet icing! YUM!

  12. Ah, feels so weird (but good) to be back in the blogsphere after such a long absence. I've missed coming here! This looks gorgeous dom! I don't know why, but I always think of bread as being relatively healthy, (well compared to cake, and let's just ignore the orange sherbet icing and cinnamon and chocolate in this) so this sounds like a wonderful new breakfast option.

    p.s. congrats on mum's show live, sounds like it went brilliantly x

  13. All I can do is lick my lips at this one and that icing........... looks delicious.

  14. BEAUTIFUL, No, STUNNING photos of a great looking bit of baking Dom! And, I LOVED being part of the panel at the Mum's Show and you should feel VERY proud of yourself for how lovely it all looked as well as the amazing stands and diversity of who attended, a well rounded and well planned show that will be even bigger next year! Karen xx


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