Improved this time but further application is needed

I think maybe a B- for today’s loaf – based on the Malted and Seeded Loaf recipe in the River Cottage Handbook No. 3. I made a half quantity and added Linseeds, Hemp Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Poppy Seeds and some additional Malted Wheat Flakes… using the same mix for coating.

I think my mix was too dry – it made kneading difficult.

Company this pm in the spinning room meant that I was unable to give enough time to my baking. Maybe if I had more time to concentrate, I would have had better results.

All in all, a far better result than on Sunday. I got a really good oven spring this time (absent on Sunday), so good in fact that I struggled to get the loaf out of the oven… it was wedged against the oven ceiling. I also got a really good crust… and some charred seed coating.

Tasty, but still a little heavy for my liking. Not so bad that we did not scoff half the loaf for tea – hence the absence of a photograph.

More practice needed, if I want an A.

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

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