Inspired (once again!!!) by Bells' and Rose Red's delish bloggy tribute to Nigella, Mouthfuls of Heaven, I decided that this was the weekend I would try my hand as some home-baked bread.
On advice from Bells (and having seen RR's success with the same recipe) I tried out the white loaf from How to be a Domestic Goddess.
Ok, to be completely honest, that's stunt dough.
See, Nigella had this fabulous idea about making the dough in the evening , leaving it in the fridge overnight, then simply popping it in the oven for quick fresh tasty breakfast bread the next morning.
What she doesn't mention is that it takes a really long time for the dough to come to room temperature before you bake it.
Seriously, I waited like 2 hours before I put the loaf in, and it was still a complete bust (ok, not complete. it was passable as bread. and, you know, boys will eat anything!!)
Still, it wasn't the bready treat I was hoping for.
However, I was determined not to be beaten a simple white loaf of bread (you know, if the people on big brother can make it from scratch!....) so I gave it another shot on Sunday - this time without the chill factor.
Rather than the loaf, I decided to try the garlic and parsley hearthbread (also from Domestic Goddess), to accompany the chicken salad we were planning for dinner.
Ok, yes, it looked kinda scary going into the over.
I think in the end it came out alright =D
There are definately a few more bready recipes in Domestic Goddess that I'd like to try out - the bagels, the nigellan flatbread and the maple pecan bread for a start! - to get more of a feel for the process.
Then I'm seeing corn bread, and nice fluffy pumpkin loaves sprinkled with pepitas!
Oooh, there will be no Atkinsing here, no way - that's for sure!!!