Monday, 13 April 2009

Baking Days

I decided to split the update into topics. This post is the recent bread adventures with a few cakes for mum's work for her birthday too.

First attempt at rolls since my baking revival. Made with Malthouse Flour. Soft and fluffy inside.

Supposedly Ciabattas..... but more like a soft white loaf. One with herbs, one plain. Just not flat enough or holey enough to be called a ciabatta.

Wholemeal rolls with a few seeds (a mix from Tesco)

Buckwheat bread - not a success. Ratio of buckwheat was far too high i think which caused it not to rise. It had a very strong (too strong) flavour too. Birds had half of it, and even they at the other scraps put out before they ate that!

My first attempt at choux pastry - a success. But some how i messed up a second batch which didn't rise (not enough egg i think) and that went out to the birds (although i think a neighbours cat ate most of it instead)

So i went back to the exact quantities as the first batch and it turned out fine again. I then attempted to pipe in the cream, and soon gave up and sliced them along one side to open them up.

With melted dark chocolate on top, they were ready to go.

None came back, or were even left at the end of the day. Apparently devoured and enjoyed by all.

Kew Gardens in March

No words just lots of pictures of the crocus and Orchids on the final day of Kew's exhibition to celebrate their 250th anniversary.