All posts tagged: Bread

Rosemary & Walnut Buckwheat Loaf

Oh hi gluten free buckwheat loaf that takes just 45 mins in the oven.  How are you, you gorgeous indulgent bread friend with benefits? Your herby lusciousness lures me to you… I drizzle you with olive oil and sink my teeth, sumptuously in to your soft nutty loafiness… Can you tell I haven’t had bread in a while?  I’m a conservative grain consumer, saving myself for only the whole and gluten free goodies among the grain family… My gut says thank you – now I’m free of stodge and bloating and my taste buds say thank you – you meet my sweet nutty desires… So for the gluten free among you, or those looking for a quick bread fix, full of nutty buckwheat goodness this is for you… Let me know how you get on… Ingredients: 450g buckwheat flour 50g buckwheat oats 1 tsp sea salt 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (gluten free) 450mls Almond Milk 2 sprigs fresh rosemary large handful of chopped walnuts Method: Preheat the oven to 200C Chop 1 sprig …

Spelt & Honey Split-Tin Loaf

It’s been ages since I’ve made a loaf using commercial yeast, but yesterday was an exceptional day… My boy was home sick, and so was I.  Nursing my sourdough, and getting up to bake it early this morning, was more than I could face.  Plus, being the last week of January we are utterly utterly skint… so if it’s not already in the cupboard, it’s not on the menu.  This recipe used up the last of my spelt flour, along with the last of the lovely school honey… it’s delicious!  And if you’re following us on instagram you’ll already have had a sneak pre-view!   Ingredients: 250g wholegrain spelt flour 250g white spelt flour 325mls warm water 2 tsp quick yeast 1 tsp sea-salt 1 tbsp honey 3 tbsp olive oil Method: 1. Use the dough hook attachment on a food processor, or mix in a bowl by hand (or with a wooden spoon). 2. Add the flour & yeast to the bowl. 3. Add the salt & honey to a jug of warm water …

Spelt Flour Soda Bread & Big Love For an Irish Farmer…

This is about as rewarding as baking gets for me.  Minimum input, for maximum reward!  Quick bread, that looks & tastes amazing! This loaf is organic. Yep.  Organic artisan stoneground flour.  The kind the shop assistant scoffs at (They know my type)…In fact you probably know my type too… and humour my organic buying, harping on about the environment ways.  But here’s the thing, I feed a family of 4 for the same as my non-organic shopping peers.  I know how to be savvy in the supermarket, we grow a lot of our own, and I waste very little, sour milk and stale bread included.  Where this is going though is why?  A shop assistant told me organic wasn’t any better for me, and was more expensive.  That’s easy to see if you spend just a little time looking at ingredients vs. price on some items.  But it’s not that.  A farmer summed it up for me on the last episode of Ireland with Simon Reeve,  he said he farmed organically because he wanted to …

Halloween Pumpkin Soup with Sourdough Cheddar Croutons

The allotment is getting sleepy… and it’s also getting cold.  It’s hot dogs on the fire and hot chocolate to keep our hands warm while we’re there from now on!  The last of the harvest bounty has come in… and we’ve finally collected the gnarly old pumpkins ready for halloween and ready for pumpkin soup… So here’s the first halloween pumpkin recipe of the season! Ingredients for the soup (serves 4): 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, chopped 1 large clove garlic, crushed 1 large carrot, chopped 2 sticks celery 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped salt & pepper 2 bay leaves 2lbs pumpkin flesh, chopped into bite sized (or slightly larger) chunks 800mls boiling water (1 tsp vegetable stock dissolved) 100mls white wine For the croutons: 250g stale or day old sourdough bread 50g organic cheddar 3 tbsp olive oil Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C for the croutons. 2. Bring 800mls water to the boil and add 1 tsp vegetable bouillon. 3. Heat the bay leaves, butter and olive …

Sourdough, the World’s Slowest Bread aka ‘The Rise & Rise of Lupa the Immortal’ aka My Soapbox…

I’ve been inspired by the Real Bread campaign recently, and #sourdoughseptember… Those of you who know me, know I have a real ‘bee in my bonnet’ about bread.  It’s a staple, and it’s massively exploited for that reason.  Unfortunately the bread we buy from the supermarket shelf really can’t call itself bread.  Yes it’s derived mostly from wheat, but after that it’s packed with preservatives, stabilizers, sugar… anything to give it a longer shelf life.  It’s a convenience food. So what can call itself bread?  It’s four ingredients:  Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt.  That’s it… Now go and read the list of ingredients on your supermarket loaf and decide what you have?  Is it a chemical concoction?  Or a nutritionally valuable food?  And what is it for?  To nourish or to ‘fill a hole’? The whole point of this blog is to share a passion for whole food.  That’s three times a day nourishing the body, after air and water, its the most important thing we do for ourselves, and what we eat builds who we …