Sunday, 11 September 2011


When I was on holiday last week, I watched the Great British Bake off. It got me thinking that the last time I made bread was about 5 years ago so, the first thing I made when I got home was bread. I found a book on bread, had a read and decides what it was I was going to make.

The first thing I made was a Stromboli style loaf. It had Mozzarella, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spicy Salami and Basil. It had been demolished within 5 minutes of me taking it out of the oven- I think that’s a good sign-Of course I did I did get a picture first.

 The second thing I made was some ‘Panini All’Olio’. This is Italian bread that uses Extra Virgin Oil in the dough to give it a distinct flavour. They’re made in different shapes. The first (Shown back left and right in this picture), is tavalli, twisted spiral rolls, I think they look really good but I found it hard to get them to keep their shape. The second is the carciofi, this literally translates to artichokes, because they look like artichoke heads, This shape is created using scissors to snip cuts into them before baking. The final is filoncini (The central roll), named because of their shape’s likeness to fingers.

 The last thing I made (Or should I say attempted to make) was a basket. Again inspired by The Great British Bake Off, I had a go and making a basket. It didn’t go too badly considering it was my first attempt and I had nothing to go on except what I’d seen on TV the week before. It got a little stuck to the bowl and some of the joints weren’t great, but I’m pretty sure I know how to do it next time!

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