Sunday, 28 June 2015

Paul Hollywood's Stout Bread

Super easy peasey lemon squeezy and hardly any of the faffing about that happened with this bread!

I randomly caught this recipe being made on telly one day at a friends (I don't have a telly) and decided to make it for Sunday dinner along with some picnic bits. It turned out perfect!

Paul Hollywood's Stout Bread

200g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
550g wholemeal flour
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 pint of stout 
220 ml buttermilk

- Put the oven on at 230 C/ 450 F/ Gas 8 and grease a 2lb baking tin. 
- Put the plain flour, bicarb and salt in a big bowl and stir in the wholemeal and the sugar.  I was thinking spelt flour might work well for this recipe too.
- Pour in the stout and the buttermilk and mix well to form and wet dough. 
- Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and fold and work the dough until it forms a fat sausage, roughly the size of the tin.
- Put the dough in the tin and smooth over the top with wet hands. Set aside for 10 minutes to rest. This was an ideal time for me to drink the rest of the stout....
- Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 180 C/ 350 F/ Gas 5 and bake for another 25 minutes or until the top is golden and the base is hollow when tapped.
- Cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to cool.

We sliced into this a bit early and it went crumbly, but hey, who doesn't like warm bread fresh out the oven?! Stout is a pretty strong flavour and you can really taste it here, I think the main thing is the reaction between the buttermilk and the bicarb, so I was thinking of trying it with a pale ale and maybe you would get a more easy going bread? In any case, this was seriously yummy and really easy to make. Definitely recommended if you fancy making a loaf last minute.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

King of the Castle

So my papa has been visiting for a couple of days and yesterday we went to Dover Castle. It's not that far away but for some reason I've never actually been there, so this was quite exciting! It is pretty pricey but it was so interesting, we were there for more than three hours and the time flew by.

Yesterday meanwhile we met up with Miss R and went to The Chapter Arms in Chartham for lunch. It's not great for vegetarians, but the food they do have is delicious. It is pretty beautiful around there so we attempted a walk but it started to rain! I don't think my dad believed me when I said its been really sunny lately! We got back in the car and went to the Good Shed for some coffee instead.

Then today we went to the Beaney, had lunch and then had a stroll about the Cathedral grounds. Perfect lazy Sunday before he left to catch the train to see my sister. Lovely!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Where's Wally?

Look who I spotted while I was invigilating an exam!

There's Wally! And he is even accompanied by the Wizard too!