Category Archives: bread

tomato and black olive calzone

tomato and black olive calzone I've mentioned at length how the prospect of a slimy sandwich at lunchtime fills me with despair. So any opportunity to have something a little different just lifts my day. Flush with fruity black olives from the lovely people at Taste of Spain, and a wealth of tinned tomatoes from Cirio, I rustled up a calzone. I made the dough a little thick, and so it was very filling! … Continue Reading ››

shallot and rosemary foccacia

shallot and rosemary foccacia This is a cracking bread recipe, perfect with dips and spreads. One of those that can be tweaked according to what you're in the mood for. I've also used it as pizza base and it's great there too.

Shallot and rosemary foccacia (makes a loaf about 20cm square):

750g plain flour

15g salt

½ teaspoon sugar

2 x 7g sachets yeast

About 500ml tepid water

5 tablespoons olive oil

2 sprigs rosemary

1 large shallot, sliced into rings

  1. Chop the … Continue Reading ››

mushroom parfait with orange jelly and walnut bread

mushroom parfait with orange jelly and walnut bread Sometimes, things don't turn out the way you expect. You feel cross with your self inside and yet you've presented something perfectly acceptable, it's just you know it should be better. I was commiserating just this point with a friend at a Jubilee party this weekend. She'd made cupcakes, of the supremely fine-crumbed and meltingly-soft icing kind, but was grumpy at the fact that her cake toppers and decorations hadn't arrived, and … Continue Reading ››

chocolate banana bread

chocolate banana bread Isn't it great when things just work out? I had some bananas blackening on my windowsill, and the next day some nice person emails me a bunch of Cadbury's Fairtrade recipes, including this one for chocolate banana bread. Serendipity. I don't even particularly like bananas, but I seem to be cooking a lot with them lately. This was lovely - exactly what you'd epxect - but not quite chocolatey enough for me, so I slathered it in chocolate spread (Fairtrade of course). … Continue Reading ››