19 October 2010

Lovely Homemade Bread!

There is something so lovely and comforting about homemade bread... I have been wanting to make my own since I was a little girl.   I have tried a number of bread recipe books, but the perfectly textured, soft on the inside, chewy on the outside bread has always eluded me.. up until now.

While I was stocking up for our boat trip to Tunisia recently I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get fresh bread for the guests every day, and I didn't have enough space in the freezer to store bread (because I had stocked up on delicious meats and frozen berries and things I can't get hold of easily in Greece) so I did a bit of research into a good bread recipe book.  I knew I could make okay bread with my other recipes, but I wanted to make really good bread.

I narrowed it down to two cookbooks with good reviews and decided on the River Cottage Handbook No.3 Bread by Daniel Stevens because it didn't require the addition of extra gluten in the recipes...

I was so pleased with how my bread worked out and dare I say a little bit proud of my first effort...

It was delicious!  

I will definitely be using this book again... It explained everything so well and has loads of lovely recipes.

Arabella Chickie in Lavrio, Greece


ChickieChirps said...

I've taken a peek at this AMAZING book and can highly recommend. All sorts of things to do with in-depth instruction on kneading (who would have known so much was involved!) to get it right, and the breads are divine. (I was fortunate enough to taste the inaugural bread item).
I will live vicariously as I have not the time to make my own bread at this particular time!
Go Arabella, you are just becoming more and more talented in that kitchen chica. Well done, you.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic effort Arabella! Great book, great program... got to watch it a few times while I was in the UK.

Looking forward to breaking bread with you soon :)

April Blackbird