... what's really impressed me this month is the effort that you've all gone to just to bake some bread. Many of you said that it was a first attempt whilst a few of you were glad of the excuse to get back into the bread baking again and i'm really pleased and a little chuffed because bread baking is not an instant hit type of food, so I always knew this months challenge would be a sticky one... makes me feel all warm inside that so many of you took part... thank you...
enough gushing and let's start with my own offering on the very first day of the challenge and this delightfully playful challa in a cake tin taken from the brilliant Bread by Liz Herbert
just take a look at all your amazing entries after the jump...
first up this month is Lou from Please Do Not Feed The Animals who usually sneaks in at the final furlong so i'm putting her proudly at the top with these amazing Ciabatta's randomly selected from Dough by Richard Bertinet...
... and of course, where Lou goes, Steve (sometimes) follows with his yummy entry, Cheese Bread taken from Bread Matters by Andrew Whitely
and here's the lovely Susan from A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate who created a beautiful Levain de Campagne, one of a few sourdough entries which she chose randomly from How to Make Bread by Emmanuelle Hadjiandreou.
next is random recipes virgin Craig from the brilliantly titled The Usual Saucepans who overcame is cowardice with this Basic White Loaf taken from the Great British Bake-Off's How to Bake
here's Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes with a spicy number this month in the form of Red Lentil Dosas taken from Bread by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter
next up is another stunning sourdough, this time from Amanda at Dancing Veggies and her beloved bread machine and her bread machine baking book.
and here's the fabulous Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog with a really rather special Figgy Bread Roll chosen randomly via Eat Your Books from Gaia's Kitchen by Julia Pnsonby
next up is Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen with this beautifully nobbly Feta Cheese, Onion and Potato Bread adapted from Delia Smith's How to Cook Book One.
here's the delightful Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen with a loaf with lift! It's a Dill Onion Yoghurt Bread taken from the New Bread Machine Book by Marjie Lambert
and next along on the random recipes bread wagon is Stacy from Food Lust People Love with some rather divine looking and very British crumpets taken from English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David
and of course here's Bec's from Lay the Table with an homage to my cake loaf above and her version, a Crown loaf, taken from the Mary Berry Baking Book
now doesn't this sound and look like a delightful idea for a loaf... it's a Coconut Milk Loaf from Lola and Finn's Mum which she randomly selected from Warm Bread and Honey Cake by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra
next up is 'I cant follow a recipe' Ruth from Makey-Cakey with a Sour Cherry and Walnut Stick from Ottolenghi The Cookbook... looks perfectly good to me...
oh and here's the lovely Michael from Me, My Food and I with the first of a few Focaccia submissions and I must say by the look of this photo I am sorely tempted to have a go... his is a Sea Salt and Rosemary Focaccia taken from River Cottage Baking - Breads and Puddings
next up is probably our most unlucky random recipes participant Jane from Onions and Paper with what I think is a resounding success with these glorious Bagels taken from a BBC Good Food Magazine called Bread
and on to Sally the Recipe Junkie with a sweet entry in the form of these rather yummy Lemon and Almond Buns randomly selected from Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard (just don't tell Dan...)
always one for submitting something somewhat left-flield (and we love her for it) is Janet from The Taste Space and these Seitan Sausage Buns adapted from Vegan Yum Yum.
I have a little chopping board envy from this entry by my dear lovely Susan from The Spice Garden with a rather noble looking Pain Grenoblois randomly selected from Paris Boulangerie Patisserie by Linda Dannenberg.
next up is the gorgeous Karen from Lavender and Lovage with her bread-with-the-wrong-name
Tiger Bread randomly selected from Traditional Bread Making by Eve Parker
here's Fiona from TIFFIN with our second Focaccia recipe... boy am I tempted... and a loaf for Rosemary Focaccia taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in The Guardian Weekend.
next is Lucy The KitchenMaid with her homage to dear Elizabeth David with a tad salty Potato Bread... shame as it looks like a stunner!
and here's lovely Gill from Tales of Pigling Bland with a beautiful and very brave Poppy Seed 4 Strand Plait randomly selected from Rose Elliot's Book of Breads
next up is Denise from Magnolia Verandah with our third Focaccia bread and when I saw this I was blown away by how perfectly cakey it looks... just how I love it!... the recipe was selected from Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
here's Johanna from the brilliant Green Gourmet Giraffe with some Brown Butter Picklets (not pikelets we're assured)... it seems she may have come a cropper by the curse of Dan Lepard but if you ask me they're pretty beautiful in their own little way...
and here's lovely Mel from Sharky Oven Gloves, bless her, and what appears to be a Mango Twist Bread, taken from Baking 100 Everyday Recipes... we think...
and finally, just in today, as if in a mirror of my entry back at the top of the page and from the same book no less, it's Claire from Under the Blue Gum Tree and these delicious Brie and Redcurrant Rolls from Bread by Liz Herbert
... knew i'd probably missed one or two... here's the wonderful Camilla from Little Macaroon with a brilliant post about the opposite of Guilty Pleasures alongside some divine looking Soda Bread Muffins taken from Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet
and that's all folks... a truly beautiful and inspirational collection of breads, i'm sure you'll all agree, for which I can only say I am truly humbled and thank you... not that i'm letting you off lightly next month of course... just you wait.
eat and of course, enjoy!