The Great Bloggers Bake Off – Week 2 : BREAD !

 

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It’s that time of the week again when we have all sat and drooled over the amazing  creations the contestants on the Great British Bake Off have produced … and then we all try to recreate some amazingly fabulous creations … well , we all dream of being able to … !! It’s also that time of the week again when the Great Bloggers Bake Off gets ready , set … BAKE !!!!!

This weeks theme was BREAD .. My nemesis !!! I very rarely make bread .. and on even rarer occasions make good bread .. So I entered this weeks challenge with trepidation … I could choose from 3 areas :

Breadsticks

English Muffins

Showstopper

As a self confessed bread novice .. I decided I had no chance of making a “snappy” breadstick …. I don’t own a griddle/hotplate so muffins were out ( and to be fair they frightened me a little) .. so the showstopper it was !!! On the show they had amazing creations .. peacocks and an octopus … flavoured breads and plaits of impressive proportions …. Now my showstopper isn’t quite as elaborate  but nevertheless a challenge for me … and so is born … 

Sundried Tomato , Feta Cheese & Basil Fougasse

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450 g strong white bread flour

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp fast action dried yeast

6 tbsp Olive oil

300ml hand hot water 

100g feta cheese , cubed

50g sundried tomatoes chopped and blotted (on kitchen paper to remove some not all of the oil)

Handful of fresh basil , chopped finely

Put all the flour , salt & yeast in a big mixing bowl and add 4 tbsp of the olive oil and the water . Mix by hand until you have a soft dough ( By soft I mean quite sticky ) .

Turn out onto an unfloured surface and knead for 8-10 mins ( this seems impossible to begin with as its so sticky .. but stick with it !!)Add in the feta , tomatoes & basil and knead for another 2-3 minutes until all combined well. Now place in a clean oiled bowl and leave covered in a warm place until it’s doubled in size ( approx 30 mins).

Grease 2 baking sheets and dust with a little flour.

Knock back the dough and divide into 4 equal pieces . On a lightly floured surface  pat each portion into an oval shape ( about 8 inches long & 5 inches wide).

Make 2 short cuts down the centre of each oval , leaving a space in between. Now make 3-4 diagonal cuts on each side to give a leaf effect ( to be honest I forgot to do this bit !!) Now flour your finger ( you heard …!)  and run it around each cut to enhance the slit & ensure the bread doesn’t close up when proved.

Pop the 4 fougasse on the prepared trays and leave in a warm place to prove for just 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees!! 

Drizzle with the remaining oil and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden . Transfer to a wire rack and cool !!

Now eat ! I think this bread would go well with a nice crisp salad and lots of cold meats , cheese and pickles !!  And a blummin big glass of chilled pinot grigio ….. BLISS x

 

Fancy joining in with The Great Bloggers Bake Off ???  Head on over and visit Helen Hollywood at http://www.thecrazykitchen.co.uk/p/the-great-bloggers-bake-off.html and/or  Jenny Berry at http://www.mummymishaps.co.uk/category/gbbo

 

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