Sunday, 30 January 2011
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Sunday, 23 January 2011
So this recipe is from Lorraine Pascale's book Baking Made Easy although I actually got it from watching her TV show. I then got wondering who Doris Grant was and why the loaf was named after her. Doris Grant campaigned for use the of fresh, natural ingredients and minimal processing of food. Her obituary in The Telegraph is really interesting. It contains this quote which I think is brilliant: "In attacking agene, which was added to flour to make the bread easier to bake, she declared: "If you love your husbands, keep them away from white bread . . .If you don't love them, cyanide is quicker but bleached bread is just as certain, and no questions asked."
As a result of her interest in this area she started baking her own loaves of bread which became known as the Doris Grant Loaf. The key difference with this loaf is that it doesn't require any kneading. This came about by error - one day when she was making the bread she realised she'd forgotten to knead the dough. She then made up 2 versions of the loaf - kneaded and unkneaded - and asked her friends to tell her which one they preferred. They preferred the unkneaded version and therefore the Doris Grant Loaf below was born.
The recipe can be found here.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Just read a great article in this week's Grazia about Lorraine Pascale. I have been loving her series Baking Made Easy on BBC2. Her cakes and bakes look so delicious and so simple. I was slightly in awe of the fact that she was making her Skinny Tarts in the most pristine white shirt - it is not a look I could ever pull off in the kitchen - well not the pristine part anyway. She is a former model (she looks amazing!) and I love the fact that she gave up modelling to concentrate on her long term career plan and even became a trainee mechanic at Skoda during that search. She finally found her vocation in food after doing a Leith's course which then led to her working at several London restaurants and The Hummingbird Bakery. This resulted in her setting up Ella's Bakehouse in Covent Garden - all this while single handedly bringing up her daughter. I'm off to get her book and hopefully try out a recipe or two this weekend!
Sunday, 16 January 2011
I wasn't sure if I'd get a post up this weekend - my laptop broke on Friday night. It must have jumped off the sofa when I had my back turned. Well that's the story I told my husband anyway and I'm sticking to it....
My best friend in Sydney gave me this recipe after I had it at hers for breakfast and loved it. I'm not sure where it originates from but I'm wondering if it is a Bill Granger as I know she (like me) loves his cooking. I like it toasted with butter on it - she has it with honey or jam (cherry if possible) although I find it sweet enough without an extra topping.
50g porridge oats
240g wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
125g dried cherries
50g dried apple cut into small pieces
75g soft brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbspn runny honey
1 egg, beaten
3 tbspn chopped almonds, plus a few extra to sprinkle on top of cake
1. Preheat oven to 180c. Pour the milk over the oats and set aside to soak for 30 mins. Grease and line a loaf tin.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and then add all the other ingredients and mix well together. Put the mixture into the tin and sprinkle the extra almonds over the top.
3. Bake for 45 mins - 1 hour (until golden on top and an inserted skewer comes out clean). Cool in tin before cooling further on a wire rack.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Happy New Year! I've no idea where this recipe originally comes from - I've been making it for years. I usually make it when I have left over bananas that are going too brown to eat (seems to happen a lot - not to self to buy less bananas maybe....). My friend, who lives in Sydney, likes to eat her banana bread toasted with butter. Anyway this is a healthyish recipe for January (she says while eating a Chocolate Orange while typing.....)
75g plain flour
75g wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp mixed spice
100g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
2 large bananas, mashed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100g pecan or walnuts, roughly chopped (I just give them a bash to break them up)
1. Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and line a loaf tin.
2. Sift together the flours, bicarb of soda and mixed spice, tipping any bran into the bowl.
3. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in bananas & eggs, then stir into the flour mixture with 75ml boiling water. Stir in the nuts.
4. Bake for 1 hour.