Sesame Honey Wheat Loaf

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I wanted to make something a little different from the two loaves I make all the time (crusty semolina and pain au levain with mixed sour dough starters) so I went looking in my cookbooks.  This recipe fits the bill in that it includes butter and honey.  It is amazing what a difference these small additions make – the crust and crumb are both soft.  The end result is much like a sandwich loaf.  This loaf also has sesame seeds mixed into the dough and sprinkled on top. Continue reading

In My Kitchen – March 2014

The most exciting thing in my kitchen this month is a French chef named Pierre.  Pierre is young, tall and handsome.  I really wanted to take his photo but thought it was a bit presumptuous, even for me.  Pierre is cooking rabbit for dinner tonight which will be exciting.  Pierre speaks only a little English and we speak no French so we are surviving on broken English and sign language.

Postscript:  We just had dinner and our rabbit was divine. It was pan fried and then baked with a cream and mustard sauce, served with a savoury carrot cake.  We are very lucky indeed.

Everything in my kitchen this month pales into insignificance compared to Pierre and his cooking, but I will do my best.

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In my kitchen:

Is a fabulous loaf of bread.  Sometimes, my bread turns our really, really well and I can’t make out what I do differently to make it so.  This is a loaf of crusty semolina  sourdough that I baked in my cast iron pot.  It is a beauty. I wish I knew what I did right 🙂  The oven spring was magnificent. Continue reading