Wholemeal bread

Yesterday I had my friend round for tea and spent the day preparing by making a leek and potato soup, homemade wholemeal bread and a chocolate marrow cake.

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Unfortunately the soup got ruined (burned and then salt accidentally poured all over it…) but the bread and the cake turned out really well! I have never made wholemeal bread before but it was very tasty and surprisingly easy here is the recipe I used- it is by Dan Lepard:

Makes one large loaf

300ml warm water

2 tsp easy-blend yeast

1 tbsp brown sugar, any kind

½ a 500mg vitamin C tablet, crushed to a powder between two spoons

450g strong wholemeal flour

1 tsp fine sea salt

50g unsalted butter, melted

Oil and flour for kneading

Scald a mixing bowl with boiling water, wipe it dry, then add the warm water, yeast and sugar. Stir well, then add the vitamin C, flour and salt, and stir well again. Pour in the melted butter and squidge the lot together to work the fat through the dough. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave for 10 minutes.

Give the dough three light kneads over 30 minutes, then cover and leave for 15 minutes.

Lightly flour the work surface, roll the dough into a rectangle, roll up tightly and place seam-side down in a buttered and floured 2lb loaf tin. Cover the tin with a tea towel and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in height (about 1½ hours).

Heat the oven to at least 220C (200C fan-assisted), though if you can get it to 240C (220C fan-assisted), even better. Steam the oven if you like.

Dust flour over the dough with a tea strainer, cut the loaf down the middle with a serrated knife, and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200C (180C fan-assisted) and bake for a further 20-25 minutes until dark golden brown, remove from the oven and tin, and cool on a wire rack

The Chocolate marrow cake recipe can be found on this weeks Interesting Things Wednesday post here. The only difference from the recipe were; I did not add nuts and I used a bundt tin, plus I added the autumnal starry decorations!  Joe really enjoyed licking chocolate frosting from the bowl!

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