Friday, February 29, 2008

HERBED CHEESE BATON



We all agreed this loaf was a winner and earned its place on the cheeseboard. Savoury bread with gruyere cheese, herbs and sultanas is a very tasty flavour combination.
Knowing that you can't go to the supermarket and buy a loaf that resembles your own, makes breadmaking worthwhile. If you take the easy route and use a breadmaker to prepare the dough then the whole process doesn't take very long.
The recipes in this book are for making bread by hand, but if you have had a bread machine for a while you soon get used to making small adjustments to the list of ingredients.


As you can see, I chose to bake the bread on a non-stick sheet which was then placed onto a heavy baking tray. Sometimes the thoughts of bread sticking to the tray and not budging is nothing short of frustrating. As a rule I don't have any problems but somehow when I looked at the dough it said 'trouble'!
Step-by-Step Baking was printed in 1999 and when you flip through the pages it really is a book that seems to be almost timeless. The contents include everything from pies and savoury flans, sweet yeast breads to small cakes and pastries.
An example of some of the recipes are Lemon and Lime Pavlova Pie, Italian Easter Tart, Baked Cheesecake with Exotic Fruits or how about Pistachio Angel Cake?
Leek and Mascarpone Tart, Baked Garlic and Goats Cheese Parcels, Spiced Fig and Ricotta Bread or Taleggio Pizzette with Pancetta and Red Onion - have I tempted you yet?

STEP BY STEP BAKING - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

ISBN 0091865794 - Page 123

MAKES: 2 loaves (will freeze - simply refresh in the oven or microwave)

You will need:

450g strong plain white flour, 1 tsp salt, ½ x 7g sachet fast-action yeast, 1 tablespoon dried herbes de Provence, 2 tsp sugar, 25g finely grated gruyere cheese, 250ml warm water, 30ml olive oil, 50g sultanas, 2 fresh rosemary sprigs (to decorate).

1. Place all of the ingredients except the sultanas and the 2 fresh rosemary sprigs in the bread machine, on the raisin dough setting, in the order as specified in your instruction book.
2. When your machine bleeps add the sultanas.
3. Remove the dough from the machine.
4. Knock back the dough and divide into two. Shape each piece into a baton. Place on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with flour. Slash along the length of each baton and top with the rosemary sprigs. Cover loosely and leave to rise for 30 minutes (or until double in size).
5. Bake at 220°C/210°C Fan/Gas Mark 7 for about 25 minutes until risen and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

11 comments :

Pixie said...

This sounds wonderful and after making FB for the daring Bakers, I fell I can take on any bread that's out there. Thanks for sharing.

nicisme said...

Ooooh, you've tempted me! Sounds like some great recipes in that book.
Your bread looks super-airy and crusty, I'd like to try this.

Rosie said...

A great looking bread and with cheese & herbs what a great combo! Oooh served warm with butter this is perfection on a plate mmmmmmm...

Rosie x

Patricia Scarpin said...

The loaf looks wonderful, Margaret, and I love the rosemary touch.

MVerivakiAThotmailDOTcom said...

i've always thought of bread as something difficult to make; i envy you for attempting it, and what lovely results!

Brilynn said...

What a great combo! The bread sounds delicious!

Katie said...

This looks so great! I could totally eat the whole loaf!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely loaf!! Looks very tempting!!

Kelly-Jane said...

You've baked you loaf really well, beautiful crust and crumb.

Margaret said...

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog and leaving comments.

Janet Ching said...

Very nice loaf. Since Gruyere is a Swiss cheeses and I live in CH, I would love to bake one too. Bread baking is my new hobby.

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