Tuesday, 28 August 2012
GBBO Week Two - 8 Strand Plaited Loaf
So week two was bread week - to me this seems a little early for bread, but maybe it is the same as previous series! I really enjoyed watching the Bagels and didn't know that they are poached before baking. Some of the flat breads were inspired and I am going to have to try my hand at the Oat Cakes that are in the GBBO Third Book - as PB is from Staffordshire, he has a soft spot for oat cakes, I'll have to make sure they are good! I shall report back once I am accomplished in oat cake baking. Flat-breads and bagels aside, it was the technical challenge that I just had to have a go at - the 8 strand plaited loaf!
So on Sunday morning I gathered all the ingredients I needed and read through the recipe very carefully as I haven't really made bread before! I was rather amazed at the very few ingredients needed - although missed my digital scales when trying to measure out 10g of salt (I decided to go with a level teaspoon). After mixing all the ingredients together, the first 'waiting' hour had to begin - thankfully we hadn't had breakfast yet, so I had something to keep me occupied. When I went back to my bowl, the dough had magically doubled in size (I may have done a little happy dance!).
After an hour, I glazed the top of the loaf with an egg wash and popped in a warm oven to bake - the smell was scrumptious! It needed a little longer than the 20-25 minutes stated, but then I had reduced the temperature as it was a fan assisted oven, so maybe that was why. I was rather pleased with my loaf and maybe another little happy bread dance was partaken in!
I think that bread will become a regular feature in my baking - the time needed is very much worth the results - never before I have looked forward to eating my sandwiches as much!