Friday, 2 May 2014

bread and water - a BRITA water filter jug giveaway



... it's amazing that, considering the amount of water we use in our cooking, we very rarely think of it as a main ingredient and it was only when the good people at BRITA asked me to become an ambassador in their Better with BRITA campaign that I properly thought about it... it is naturally in nearly everything we cook and of course we wouldn't be able to survive without the stuff, so it makes sense that, seeing we're creating such wonderful food, we try at least to add a good quality water to the ingredient list...

... i'm actually a big advocate for using good old-fashioned tap-water.  It is delivered to your very own kitchen tap and has been serving us well for a couple of hundred years give or take and is so much better for the environment that bottled water that may have travelled for miles just to reach your lips... so I love the idea that BRITA create a filtering system that make your household water even more gorgeous...


... to celebrate their love for filtered water BRITA has teamed up with Delicious Magazine to launch a campaign to find passionate foodies who want to showcase their own amazing recipes using filtered water... the details to enter the campaign are on the Delicious Mag website... all the entries will judged by an expert panel, including our very own Karen from Lavender and Lovage, who will draw up a shortlist of people who will be given the chance to come to London and make their recipe for the judges to taste... three lucky winners will then be invited on a VIP trip to attend The Big Festival - the UK's most popular food festival, and it's here that they will be able to sell their produce... it's a great idea for someone with a budding food business or a group of friends who love to cook or even that last chance to show off Auntie Mable's secret scone recipe... and it could be YOU!

... of course you'll need filtered water so to inspire you to enter I have been given a wonderful Marella water filter jug to give away to one lucky Belleau Kitchen reader - all you have to do is fill in the clever rafflecopter gadety thing below...








classic white egg loaf
in the meantime here's my favourite thing to make with water... a most basic of food staples... bread.  This is a classic loaf with added milk and egg to soften.


enough for two large loaves - using the low-knead method
600g strong white bread flour
200g white seeded flour
2 teaspoons quick action yeast
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
400ml filtered water
150ml milk
1 egg - beaten

throw all the bread ingredients into a very large bowl, bring together with a rubber spatula, cover with a tea towel and set aside for ten minutes whilst you make a cup of tea

oil your work surface, remove the sticky dough from the bowl, oil the bowl and wipe it with your hand, then with your oily hand, knead the dough 8 times, place the dough back in the bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside for 10 minutes

repeat twice more then cover the bowl with cling film and set aside for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size

preheat the oven to 200C and prep two baking trays with parchment paper

oil your work surface and knead the dough, punching it had and folding it over a few time, then divide in two, set one piece aside

flatten it out into an oval shape and then roll it up into a tight sausage, tuck the ends under and either place on an oiled baking tray or into a loaf tin - set aside for 30 mins whilst you heat up the oven to 200C.

once the oven is hot, place a tray of cold water in the oven, then brush the top of the loaf with beaten egg and bake on 200C for 10 mins then reduce the heat to 180 for a further 20 mins then remove from the oven and lay on a wire rack to cool

eat and of course, enjoy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

156 comments:

  1. Ice Cold Water Please Thank You :) xxx

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  2. Ice cold water for me! So refreshing! Thank you x

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  3. Ice cold water
    (kim neville)

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  4. Dom, your bread looks wonderful! I love making bread of all kinds, lots of different methods - I'm just a breadaholic! And I'm satisfied to use tap water most of the time, but a couple times a year when the lake (our water source) "turns over" and the water tastes awful, I get out my Brita pitcher!

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  5. Whole goodness of H2O.. Yr bead looks soft n springy.. Must be tasting good!

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  6. Ice cold please - with added ice

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  7. Room temperature for me - damn those sensitive teeth!

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  8. The bread looks perfect and gorgeous! So far never used filtered water for baking, all along using tap water only...

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  9. I use a Brita water filter to avoid messing up my crazy-expensive espresso machine with limescale, but this post has made me re-think cooking with the water - I now have high hopes for improving soup!

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  10. A FABULOUS loaf of bread Dom and such AMAZING photos too! XXX

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  11. Room temperature for me - sensitive teeth! x

    http://ninegrandstudent.co.uk/

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  12. I prefer everything room temperature. Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway! Blessings, Catherine

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  13. Mrs Louise Barnes3 May 2014 07:02

    Ice cold x

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  14. sarah burchell3 May 2014 08:18

    ice cold x

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  15. Depends how hot I am - like both.

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  16. claire nutman3 May 2014 08:57

    Ice cold darling x

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  17. as cold as chuck norris's fridge

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  18. Ice cubes a slice of fresh lemon or lime, a tall glass filled to the brim with Brita filtered Water is pure pleasure and so good for me. Thank you also for the loaf recipe. Just what I need for inspiration to bake real bread and fillmy kitchen with wonderful aromas.
    From Sandra .O
    cream_160@hotmail.com

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  19. here in our neck of the woods, most people rely on private wells to supply their drinking water and since this area has varying degrees of iron and manganese in the water, filtering systems are rampant. I have used a Britta or PUR water filtering jug for our drinking water for years ... and so it's always fridge cold ... it really does improve the flavour of our well water. This is a great give away for your Euro readers, Dom!

    Another gorgeous loaf, by the by!

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  20. Ice cold for me as well

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  21. Room temperature for me!

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  22. Edward Guerreiro3 May 2014 20:06

    I prefer room temperature.

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  23. Christina Brown3 May 2014 22:18

    Ice Cold Water :-)

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  24. Ice cold any day. Room temperature is boring.

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  25. Room temp gets my teeth if ice cold :(

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  26. We are so lucky to have easy access to clean drinking water and Invariably take it for granted. It doesn't bear thinking about all the people that don't.

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  27. Sarah Wyatt4 May 2014 13:12

    Ice cold!

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  28. Ice cold water if its a hot sunny day.

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  29. Lynsey Buchanan4 May 2014 17:29

    Ice cold

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  30. Since my month hurts; room temp :)

    @oneisjamie

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  31. Ice Cold Water

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  32. room temperature your body isn't designed for ice cold anything

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  33. Charlotte Ingham5 May 2014 11:14

    Something in the middle (a pleasant chilled!) - Ice Cold is *too* cold but I don't like icky room temperature either!

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  34. Cold but not ice cold.

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  35. Ice cold. I must give that bread a try, looks delish :)

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  36. Kelly Hooper6 May 2014 13:27

    ice cold

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  37. Ice Cold Water :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. Ice cold

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  39. Ice cold on a hot day-room temp otherwise

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  40. lisa rhodes7 May 2014 13:07

    ice cold most definitely

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  41. I prefer room temperature, unless I am really warm, then an ice cold water is perfect :)

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  42. Surely ice cold? Why would you want to drink tepid water in the summer =p

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  43. Ice cold unless im really thirsty - nothing worse than brain freeze!!

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  44. Ruth Longville7 May 2014 16:09

    Ice Cold - nobody likes lukewarm water - or do they? LOL

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  45. Ice cold...it makes it much easier for me to drink.

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  46. Room temperature.. I have sensitive teeth!

    @smeethsaysfashn

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  47. ice cold when the weather is warm, lukewarm in middle of the night - dont want brainfreeze!!

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  48. sairz eastham7 May 2014 20:23

    Ice cold, room temp water is awful!

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  49. Room temperature, my teeth are far too sensitive for ice cold, ouch!

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  50. oooh has to be ice cold, the colder the better for me :)
    following via GFC :)

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  51. I hate Ice Cold water - it has to be room temperature for me!

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  52. Ice is a solid so is therefore impossible to drink until it has melted back into a liquid. Is this a trick question. I like ice in my water. But dont like the whole glass as cold as ice.

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  53. room temp for me

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  54. ice cold, its the only thing i like about winter, you get cold water :-)

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  55. Somewhere in between! Water rehydrates you quicker when it's closer to body temperature :)

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  56. Always clod. I can't drink tepid water. I can taste the chlorine.

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  57. Jane Middleton8 May 2014 00:56

    Room Temperature

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  58. Amy Beckett8 May 2014 07:37

    Ice cold all the time

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  59. Ice cold, very refreshing.

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  60. Ice cold in summer room temp in winter

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  61. Room Temperature. Ice cold is nice occasionally but it makes me feel weird sometimes!

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  62. alisa moore8 May 2014 12:55

    Room temperature

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  63. Ice cold, much more refreshing

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