Guess what, dear blog readers..... I dared to venture into the kitchen – AGAIN!
I guess some might say that this baking session was cheating, but why do all the hard work if a machine can do it for you?!?
After having read all about the lovely Martine’s breadmaker bread-making adventures on the super-fantastic imake blog (take a look over there if you haven’t visited already, by the way), I decided to drag our breadmaker out from the back of the cupboard (where it’s been sitting, feeling sorry for itself, for a good 3 years), dust it off, and have a go! Martine’s photos made me drool – the bread looked SO good that I could practically SMELL its bready freshness wafting out of the computer!!! It made me very hungry for a nice, big, fresh loaf – so I got to work straight away (forgetting that the breadmaker would need 3 hours to work its magic)!
I decided to try the French bread recipe. Despite the fact that making bread using a breadmaker is easy peasy lemon squeezy (you only have to pop the ingredients in, after all), I only just narrowly avoided disaster. I heaped in 2 tablespoons of salt (thinking that was rather a lot), when my husband leapt to my rescue, pointing out that the recipe said 2 TEASPOONS, and hurriedly scooping out a heap of salt. Phew!!!
I got my bread eventually! And here it is.....
Tada!!! Fresh from the breadmaker (my new best friend)!
It looked pretty good (if a little flat) both outside and in, the smell was amazing, and the taste didn’t disappoint either! It was especially yummy smeared with some Italian olive paste, with some Greek salad on the side (a European feast)!!!
I’ll be using the breadmaker a lot more from now on. Thanks for the inspiration, Martine!!!
Until next time.....
P.S. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the lovely, lovely people who took the time to visit my little MISI shop and leave such kind comments on the blog (or send such sweet emails)!!!