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Baking away the lockdown blues

Last week we delivered packs with everything needed to make a loaf of bread and an easy bread recipe out into the community. People agreed it was a fun and satisfying way to fill the time, so we will be sending out some different packs next week- what do you think we should send?

Here are just some of the results.

It was the very first time Margaret had made bread and she was really pleased with her loaf.

Irene is a practiced baker and makes buns for our 'Lunch Club on Wheels' each week, she adapted the recipe and added some dried fruit. Looks good!





Joan doesn't have an oven so adapted the recipe and made bread in her slow cooker! she said she really enjoyed making it and ended up making 3 loaves! Her tips for making bread in a slow cooker are to use baking parchment on the bottom and egg wash the top of the dough to give it some colour.




Someone else who doesn't have an oven is Tom, so he used the flour to make some spicy corned beef fritters! what a good idea, even better he's promised to save me one!


If you would like to have a go yourself here is the recipe we used, let us know how you get on.


Easy bread recipe

Ingredients


· 500g white flour, plus extra for dusting

· 2 tsp salt

· 7g sachet fast-action yeast

· 3 tbsp oil

· 300ml water


Method


· STEP 1

Mix 500g white flour, 2 tsp salt and a 7g sachet of fast-action yeast in a large bowl.

· STEP 2

Make a well in the centre, then add 3 tbsp oil and 300ml water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add another 1-2 tbsp water and mix well.

· STEP 3

Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for around 10 minutes.

· STEP 4

Once the dough is smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.

· STEP 5

Knock back the dough (punch the air out and pull the dough in on itself) then gently mould the dough into a ball.

· STEP 6

Place it on the baking tray to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.

· STEP 7

Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

· STEP 8

Dust the loaf with some extra flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.

· STEP 9

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

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Professional Photography by Phill Jackson

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