I love baking bread, nothing tastes better than a fresh loaf of bread, and nothing smells better than the taste of one baking.
I do have a bread maker which makes things easy, but sometimes you can’t beat a good old knead. And when you are making something like a cottage loaf, then you will need to assemble it before baking.
It can be a family affair making a fresh loaf of bread as the kids love to help with the kneading too
The recipe I used was a basic white loaf recipe.
500g bread flour 25g butter 1tbs sugar 1 1/2 tsp of salt 1tsp dried yeast 320 ml of warm water
rub the butter into the flour add the sugar, salt and yeast, mix in the water a little at a time until you have a firm dough knead the dough for 10 mins and leave in a bowl covered with cling film, or a tea towel for about 1 hour knead the dough again and shape into two rounds, one slightly bigger than the other Put the smaller mound on top of the larger one and push two fingers all the way through both rounds from the middle of the top round. leave to prove, covered lightly, for a further 30 mins. Bake at 180 C for 40 mins, or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Chocolate and orange make a delicious combination and both are included in this torte. With a sweet pastry base, a chocolate and orange filling and topped with oranges there is lots to like about this recipe.
Ingredients, serves 8
200g caster sugar 4 tbs water 2 oranges, thinly sliced 475g sweet shortcrust pastry 100g butter, soft 100g ground almonds 2 eggs, lightly beaten 100g of dark chocolate
Put half the sugar and the measured water in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the orange slices and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes until the oranges are tender and most of the syrup has evaporated. let cool.
Roll out the pasty on a lightly floured surface until a little larger than a greased 9 1/2 inch fluted loose-bottomed tart tin.
line the tin with the pasty and chill for 15 minutes
Line the tart with nonstick baking paper, add baking beans and place on a baking sheet.
bake in a preheated oven, 190C gas mark 5 for 10 minutes
Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden and crisp.
Reduce the oven temperature to 180C, gas mark 4
Beat together the butter and the remaining sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the ground almonds, then gradually beat in the eggs until smooth. Set Aside Reserve 10 of the best orange slices, then drain and chop the rest.
Stir the chocolate into the almond mixture, then mix in the chopped oranges.
Spread into the tart case, arrange the reserved orange slices on top and bake for 30 minutes.
Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the tin. Slice and Enjoy!
Harry is devastated by the sudden death of his father, but was it really an accident. And who is the strange young girl who turns up at the funeral that no-one seems to know. As we follow Harry’s story of investigation into what happened to his father we also delve into the history of his Step-Mother Alice.
Alice lost her mother as a teenager and soon after began a relationship with her step father. They kept it secret, but some local residents had their suspicions.
As the plot thickens, Harry discovers the stranger at the funeral was having an affair with his father, but soon after his discovery she ends up dead. Harry suspects his Stepmother has something to do with his Father’s and his mistresses deaths but can she really be guilty. As we discover, her past is not so innocent.
In the second part of the book we discover the murderer and hear of a much darker history of the Stepmother Alice. Then to top it off there is even more twists to end the story.
A dark psychological thriller which had me gripped from the start. An interesting take on a very difficult to talk about subject, interspersed with mystery and murder. It stirs up a lot of emotions and will not be an easy read for anyone who has been a victim of child abuse of a sexual nature.
I listened to All the Beautiful Lies on Audio Book and I get my books from Amazon Audible. I love audio books, I can listen while I crochet or even while doing the housework, it means I don’t have to put down my book.
You can get any type of books in Audio, fiction or non-fiction. I love audible because you get the chance to listen to an sample before you buy. I like to do this because I have to be sure I like the voice I’m going to be listening to.
Each month I get a free credit to buy any book I wish which can be great value. One month I chose the entire works of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry. I’ve got a lovely library of audio books that I can return to at anytime if I wish.
Boo has just decided that she likes listening to books to, so I can put the app. on her phone and she can listen to children’s books.
When you sign up to Audible you get the first three months at half price and then it’s £7.99 a month which is usually less than the price of the book you can get with your monthly credit. It’s up to you if you buy more, I tend to stick to the one a month, although sometimes they have some amazing offers starting from just 99pence.
Audible also offers some exclusive podcasts to listen to for free from the likes of Stephen Fry, David Mitchell and Sue Perkins to name a few. Whether you want to listen to comedy, drama or history there are so many genres to choose from.
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You know when you get some over ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl and you don’t want them to go to waste? They would be perfect for this recipe, the riper the bananas the better. here is how I make my Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf.
You know when you get some over ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl and you don’t want them to go to waste? They would be perfect for this recipe, the riper the bananas the better.
I love a nice tea loaf that is packed with flavour, but the added chopped walnuts also add nice crunch to this loaf, giving it that little bit extra.
Enjoy it on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of tea!
Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf
115g butter, softened 115g soft brown sugar 115g thick set honey 2 eggs, beaten 225g self-raising flour 2 large bananas squeeze of lemon juice 60g crushed walnuts
Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 Grease and line a 900g loaf tin In a large bowl place the butter, sugar and honey and beat together until light and fluffy Gradually beat in the eggs fold in the flour mash the bananas with the lemon juice fold them into the batter along with the crushed walnuts spoon mixture into tin and level the surface Bake the loaf for 1 hour until risen, golden brown and firm to the touch. Serve warm or cold.