Bagels are a very special bread that originated in the Jewish communities of eastern Europe as far back as the early 1600s . These special breads are first boiled prior to baking, which makes them chewier and with a lovely, shiny crust. Bagels have always been one of my favourite treats, next to doughnuts, of course. About a decade ago I toyed with making bagels risen with yeast. They were delicious but I didn’t make […]
You know those invaluable cookbooks that live on your bench and have been dog-eared dozens of times with food stains and marks found on almost every page? This new Homegrown Kitchen Cookbook by Nicola Galloway has already become that for me after only mere weeks of having it in my possession. The love and effort put into this book by Nicola is so obvious throughout and her passion for cooking good food is infectious. This […]
Photography by my lovely friend Virginia Woods-Jack I get mighty excited about making bread. It is my favourite fermented food and I never tire of watching the dough rise slowly throughout the day or the smell it creates during baking. I love how unique each loaf is when it is finished baking and pulled from the oven. Over the past couple of years I have slowly saved up and purchased a few bread-making tools […]
This bread recipe is the version I make using instant yeast instead of sourdough starter. For any of you who don’t have a sourdough starter, or if you forgot to feed the starter before bread-making day, this recipe doesn’t require any preparation and still produces a beautiful bread with a great flavour and minimal effort.
I have to thank my fabulous neighbours for introducing me to these delicious cheesy poofs. These cheese balls are best when eaten a few minutes after they come out of the oven, however, my son still loves them a few hours later in his school lunch. The dough can be made in advance and frozen into balls ready to be baked from frozen when needed.
Bread-making used to be an intimidating idea for me. But over the years I have learned that it is fun and very rewarding. I have made many terrible and inedible loaves of bread in process, but each time learning something new. Sourdough bread-making may seem like an ambitious place to start, but it is actually very simple and more forgiving than yeasted bread-making. The rise times are much slower, the temperature doesn’t matter as much, and […]