Sunday, 24 June 2012

Basic Bread Making

How awful is this weather, instead of sun bathing I've been baking, last week it was cakes, today I decided to make some bread.
Now normally I just use the bread maker and often prepared mixes from Lidl, today I wanted to make some bread rolls.
You can use a mixer with a bread hook or as I did I used the bread maker to mix the dough, so in this order you need.

300ml of cold water
10g Salt
500gm bread flour
2 satchets Levure boulangére (dried yeast)

Mix the ingredients together, then place onto a floured surface and knead well.

Put the dough in a bowl, cover and leave in a warm place, guard dog is optional.

Leave till it doubles in size.

Knock it back on a floured surface.

Put the dough in a tin, or make into bread rolls or a long baguette and put on lightly greased paper or a baking tray, if your doing rolls make sure you leave plenty of room around them.
Like this.

Cover with a clean cloth then put them back in a warm place to double again.

Put them into the oven at 200C till golden brown, about 20mins

Guard dog still optional.

For a loaf like this use the same ingredients but only one satchet of levure, bake in your bread maker on the FRENCH setting.

For 8

1 mug of flour
pinch of salt
1 mug full of eggs (beaten)
Half mug of water, add a little more if needed.

Mix together and let it rest for 30 mins.
Put a little very hot oil from your roast in a non stick tin,either a large one or small ones like these, if you want add sausage.

To making perfect puddings you need;
Very hot oil,
a well rested mix
and a clean oven glass so you see if they are cooked without opening the door.

Cook at 220 - 230c
till brown about 30 mins.
If your baking a large pudding you need to cook it darker and crispier than these otherwise it may collapse when you take it out of the oven.

Finished (nearly)

Still got the outside electrics to finish, Pauls put the outside light up but has the electric sockets to put on the outside, a couple more coping stones to go on the top of the wall but apart from that the extensions finished and the patio is laid.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Flower festival in La Gacilly

Yesterday was the flower festival in La Gacilly, also on was the start of the photo exhibition, I also took a quick walk round the camp site.
The rest of my photographs are
I'm also nicking photographs from friends which I will add later.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Bit of a surprise

Just took a walk round my veg patch, look what I found.
It wasn't there yesterday.

Jubilee celebrations

Mike and Lynn at La Gacilly day boats organised a picnic to celebrate the Queens Jubilee down by the river, the turn out was pretty good considering the weather conditions the days proceeding it and the morning itself, but the sun came out so quite a few people attended, after lunch we hired out one of the boats for a couple of hours and had a cruise down the river Aff.

I love having my family together, I'm so fortunate that they are all here in France with me.

We all had a go at driving the boat
""Take me to Cuba"

All the photographs can be seen HERE
and to find out more about La Gacilly day boats go HERE