Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Bread of Life

I am not a naturally jealous person. I don't go green when I see someone driving the latest model car or wearing designer clothing. Those things are nice, but they really are not something which I long for. I won't say I don't dream about having a body like Angelina Jolie (even when she is pregnant with twins) or hair like Jennifer Aniston, but on the whole I am pretty happy with what I have.

There is an exception to my non-jealous character. I am very jealous of people who can make bread, like Spicy_Kicks. She makes the most wonderful bread goodies, and even though she promises that it is dead easy, I still don't believe her! I have made my own dough before, but I am never happy with the texture or the taste.

I decided that I want to be a better person, and not allow the green-eyed monster to rule my kitchen any more, so I ventured where I have never gone before - and you know what? It is actually easier than I thought and there was really no need to be so jealous - I can do this too!

I made 1Kg bread dough using this recipe.

Once the dough was ready I started playing and I don't use that word loosely, because it was playing and I was having fun!

I made up some Nomu Tomato and Chilli Pesto, but if you can't get hold of this -make your own with sun-dried tomatoes, chillies and herbs.

I started with savoury rolls, plain and with a sausage.
I took a piece of dough, about the size of my hand flattened it, spread the pesto on and rolled it up. I then brushed it with egg and topped it with some Jenny Morris Lemon Pepper.

With the left over dough, I made a flat bread topped with pepperdews, rosemary, sea salt , black pepper and olive oil.

I then baked it everything in a hot oven at 200°C for about 20-25 mins, until done and hollow sounding.
Serve and eat!

Never again will I be scared to try bread making, and my son was so happy with the result, he wants them for lunch everyday!


Kit said...

Well done for trying and then making such adventurous breads! I only ever make plain loaves so I'm going to have to branch out.

Rose&Thorn said...

Welcome home and thank you. I must say I just started playing and the rest was history!

MereinSC said...

looks yummy!!

contra dancing is kind of like modern square dancing. you have a caller that tells you what to do and a bluegrass band playing. look it up on youtube and they might have something you could watch. it's kind of hard to describe.

Rose&Thorn said...

Mereinsc - Thanks. Sounds like fun.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

You know the old saying that you can "sell a house" with the smell of homebaked bread. You did well my friend! I love the one with the peppadews, but my children will love the sausage roll!!!

Rose&Thorn said...

Nina - It was the same for me, I loved the pepperdew bread and Markwin thought the sausage bread was the best.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I love bread more than anything in the world. I've been making pizza, my own white and wheat bread, rolls, buns... you should make bread more!

I'm going to try your rolls and make a flatbread with your peppadew mixture.

Rose&Thorn said...

I must say I am very inspired to try more.

Jeanne said...

Oh WOW, look at that! You go girl. I am like you - a bit of a bread baking phobic and envious of effortless bakers, but the one time I did bake bread with yeast, it also turned out beautifully. So maybe time to take up the challenge again...

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - It is easy, it's the thought that makes me scared!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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