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SUNDRIED TOMATO & GARLIC SPELT LOAF

SUNDRIED TOMATO & GARLIC SPELT LOAF

This bread actually came about by accident. I brought a proving basket from Lakeland and just couldn't wait to try it out. I had a vague plan of what I wanted to achieve, but I never thought it would turn out this well, and the simple spiral pattern created by the basket is a lovely aesthetic feature. Next skill to master is the art of bread scoring.

Ingredients:

  • 300g Spelt Flour
  • 200g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (Finely Chopped)
  • 50g Sun-dried Tomatoes (Finely Chopped)
  • 350ml Tepid Water
  • 1x 7g Sachet Of Fast Action Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Salt

Method: 

  1. Add both flours into a large mixing bowl, along with the yeast and salt, ensuring that they are added on opposite sides of the bowl. 
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour in all the hand-hot water. Then mix the water into the flour gradually to form a dough, the exact amount of water you'll need will depend on the flour, add it gradually. 
  3. Finish off by mixing with your hands until you have a smooth dough that leaves the bowl clean – there should be no bits of flour or dough remaining on the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. 
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film or a damp tea towel and leave somewhere warm until doubled in size.
  5. Once doubled in size knock back the dough and combine the dough with the sun-dried tomato and garlic and knead until fully incorporated. 
  6. Shape the dough into a boule and place seam side down in a well floured proving basket. Leave to prove in a warm place for a further hour. 
  7. 20 minutes before you're ready to bake preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 4.
  8. Carefully transfer the risen dough onto a prepared baking sheet by turning the proving basket upside down, realign the spiral effect. Bake in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until the bread has risen and cooked through. The loaf should sound hollow once tapped. Leave to cool before slicing.
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PÂTE SUCRÉE (SWEET SHORTCRUST PASTRY)

PÂTE SUCRÉE (SWEET SHORTCRUST PASTRY)