Wholemeal Bread (and a Jolly to The Cotswolds)

The last time I made bread, I was struck by how wonderfully rewarding the whole process was.  I don’t make enough bread.  So, this is my first ever simple wholemeal bread, made to Britain’s bread king Paul Hollywood’s recipe.  I shan’t type it out here for fear of copyright infringement; instead, I shall wholeheartedly recommend you buy his books.  I think they’re utterly brilliant.

I made this loaf in preparation for a weekend with three mates in the blissful surroundings of a thatched cottage in The Cotswolds.  I made a rookie mistake, insofar as I had woefully misjudged the culinary theme for the weekend, into which something as healthy as wholemeal bread clearly did not fit.  But I had fun making it, and was glad of the opportunity to walk off a few calories round some astonishingly muddy fields with Suzzie, Amy and Martha.  Photo diary follows…

Wholemeal Bread - keeping yeast away from salt, so as not to kill the yeast

Wholemeal Bread – keeping yeast away from salt, so as not to kill the yeast

Wholemeal Bread - bringing it together

Wholemeal Bread – bringing it together

Wholemeal Bread - after 10 minutes' kneading

Wholemeal Bread – after 10 minutes’ kneading

Wholemeal Bread - first prove in the airing cupboard

Wholemeal Bread – first prove in the airing cupboard

Wholemeal Bread - after the first prove

Wholemeal Bread – after the first prove

Wholemeal Bread - ready for second prove

Wholemeal Bread – ready for second prove

Wholemeal Bread - second prove in the airing cupboard again

Wholemeal Bread – second prove in the airing cupboard again

Wholemeal Bread - ready for the oven

Wholemeal Bread – ready for the oven

Wholemeal Bread - mmm

Wholemeal Bread – mmm

A walk down Hidcote Lane

A walk down Hidcote Lane

View of Hidcote Bartrim from the top of the hill

View of Hidcote Bartrim from the top of the hill

Stratford Old Town at dusk

Stratford Old Town at dusk

The sunset, taken from a moving car

The sunset, taken from a moving car

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