Thursday, August 19, 2010

Always Something...

Many readers make their bread from scratch, so if you wish to try the following recipe for a 'lunch loaf', whether you prefer to use a ready mix, or use your own it's up to you.
Wholemeal Cheese Crown Loaf:
1 x 280g (11oz) packet of wholemeal bread mix
5 oz (150g) Stilton (or other blue cheese) crumbled
1 tblsp chopped fresh herbs
7 fl oz (200ml) hand-hot water
Put the bread mix into a bowl with half the cheese and all the herb. Stir in the water and mix to form a dough. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic - this will take about 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 8 equal sized portions and shape each into a roll. Arrange seven of these 'balls' around the outer side of a greased 8" (20cm) sandwich tin, placing the last in the centre.
Press your thumb into the centre of each ball to make hollows, and fill these with the remaining cheese. Cover and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in bulk - this takes about 40 minutes.
Bake at 230C, 450G, gas 8 for about 40 minutes. Best served warm. Especially good served with soup.