Last week on GBBO was bread week and as I am not fantastic at bread making I was worried that it would be a bit of a disaster! I decided to make some cheese and onion loaves as I knew the flavour combination with the added parsley would be a hit with my family. I like the combination of bread flours, and the taste of the loaves when warm is delicious, perfect as an addition to your favourite soup or stew.
I did have a little disaster with the recipe when I baked it as the loaves didn’t rise as much as I would have liked, but baking is all about trial and error and I have been practicing with different bread recipes all week. I think it was in the proving and the fact my kitchen wasn’t hot enough while I was proving the bread, never mind though as I have learned for next time.
I have been inspired by the new series of GBBO and am baking along with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and the #GBBOBloggers2015 which has been really fun and tasty for my family too! All the ingredients for this recipe I bought from Tesco see the photo below for all the ingredients I used , it’s a very economical recipe to make and as is makes four large loaves it will last you well – unless you have teenagers in the house as mine ate almost a whole loaf in one day!
- 375g strong white bread flour
- 125g strong wholemeal bread flour
- 10g table salt
- 10g instant yeast
- 30g unsalted softened butter
- 330 ml cool water
- 1-2 spring onions finely chopped
- 4-5 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- 120g grated cheddar cheese
- Add the flours to a mixing bowl with the yeast at one side and the salt at the other. Add in the butter and two thirds of the water and mix with your hands to combine.
- Continue to slowly add the remaining water and pick up the rest of the flour mixture, you may not need all the water.
- Once the dough has come together tip out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes or add to your food mixer with the dough attachment.
- The dough will be ready once soft and smooth.
- Add to an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for about 1 hour.
- Once risen and doubled in size add the flavourings and knead in until combined .
- When all the ingredients are evenly combined divide the dough into four pieces and shape them into ovals.
- Dust with flour and slash the loaves lengthways deeply.
- Add the four loaves to prepared baking trays lined with baking paper leaving plenty of room either for the loaves to spread.
- Preheat your oven to 220C / Gas Mark 7
- Place a plastic bag over each baking tray and prove for another hour, remove the bags sprinkle with flour and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.