Everything Stops For Tea | Homemade Bread and JamThursday, July 09, 2015
With the glut of strawberries we are finding ourselves on, jamming has been the name of the game lately. Fortunately, C is keen on making jams so has happily made batch after batch of beautiful bright strawberry jam which we are now figuring out who to offload the majority off to. Despite his enthusiasm for preserving the juicy red berries, C doesn't eat jam with anything other than rice pudding which happens roughly twice a year. I'm not a big jam eater either, but when faced with a slice or two of bread and a pot of preserve I'm too weak to turn it down. As we don't generally buy bread there is one very obvious answer; baking a loaf from scratch.
After moaning about not being able to find a recipe that I'm happy with (for the breadmaker) I was encouraged to bake from scratch using the recipe on the back of the yeast sachet. Dubiously, I had a look at ours, it was Allinsons with a straightforward recipe so I thought it would be worth a try. We had all the ingredients so I set to work getting everything measured out. My plan was to make the whole thing myself but a hoverer appeared and didn't take the hint to go away so after at least 10 minutes of unrewarding kneading I chose to make the best use of resources and allowed C to take over, while I snapped a couple of pictures. The kneading might be better next time as I now have a little more experience but I'm going to have another go soon but maybe when I have the kitchen to myself.
The bread itself was using a different brand of flour, maybe next time I will try making a granary loaf instead of white. The loaf was really dense and stodgy so perhaps a few adjustments might be in order next time but once loaded with some spread and homemade strawberry jam it was delicious.
I feel a bit grown up.
As just a quick side note; I've bought a copy of this wonderful new book called Everything Stops For Tea which is Norfolk's own cookbook, it's for charity, supporting Marie Curie and all the recipes have come from talented local people from chefs to producers of fabulous local fare. There is an amazing range of recipes for things you can bake for afternoon tea; the pork and pigeon pie and the caramelised white chocolate & vanilla cheesecake sound so good and I can't wait to get stuck in! The book costs £20, all of which goes to the charity and it's available all over Norfolk; I bought mine from Ceres in Swaffham but I know it's also available in Jarrolds and many other places. Go get your copy and support the cause!