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Friday, 21 February 2014

Wholemeal Loaf


I love cooking, but successful bread making has always eluded me. My loaves were very hit-and-miss affairs — too yeasty, not risen enough, dense and heavy as bricks. My soda bread was fine, but any other type was a disaster. Some of you kindly sent me your own tried-and-tested methods in response to this plea. I carefully followed the instructions for a white loaf and a wholemeal loaf, but still no luck.

I'm not one to give up easily, so yesterday I had another go, having found this piece in the Guardian. Success! Dan Lepard's recipe for wholemeal bread is simply brilliant. It's unusual in that you add half a crushed vitamin C tablet and melted butter to the mix. Also the dough requires hardly any kneading. The result is a pleasantly light loaf with a soft open crumb. You can find the recipe at the end of the Guardian article. (One tip: keep the dough nice and soft, on the wet side rather than too floury.)  

7 comments:

George said...

Looks delicious! You are a man of many talents.

The Solitary Walker said...

But a master of none, George!

Rubye Jack said...

It looks to me like you've mastered bread making. :)

The Solitary Walker said...

Though I say it myself, Rubye, that loaf does taste delicious! Just made another with cheese in it. No stopping me now...

Goat said...

Looks magnificent! Last night I had some really tasty focaccia-style bread made by Kate's brother. "The magic ingredient," I was told, "is the salt."

Rebrites@yahoo.com said...

It IS magnificent! Tonight I will try making it with olive oil instead of butter, will let you know how that turns out.

Thanks a TON. I think you finally cracked this mystery!

The Solitary Walker said...

Salt's important, Goat — not too little, not too much. (Whereas I'm nor sure that sugar is really necessary, though quite a few recipes include it.) I love focaccia! But I love bread per se. Give me some really good bread and cheese, and a glass of wine, and perhaps a few olives, and I'm very happy.

Good luck, Reb! I now think that bread making is up there on the list of most satisfying human activities ever.