This week’s Great British Bake Off was Bread Week. As I mentioned previously, this is my least favourite category. I have always found bread bakes difficult and I find it less easy to be enthused over different types of bread than beautifully decorated cakes and biscuits.
So, the question was, which bread item featured on the show would I attempt this week? To be honest, I didn’t leave much choice as I really wanted to make a sweet bread and there was only one to choose from. Breadsticks and English muffins did not excite me either. I could not help but feel that some of the elaborate designs this week were a bit wasted on bread and didn’t look as defined as with iced cakes. (Yes, I do have a heavy bias in favour of cakes!) That was my excuse for not even attempting to sculpt/knead (?) Ruby’s white chocolate and orange bread into the decorative peacock shape. One step at a time anyway……
Unfortunately I could not get ground cardamom so decided to mix in some cinnamon instead. After proving the dough I separated it into three to make a plait. It turned out so much bigger than I anticipated! It barely fit in my oven and took a long time to bake right through. I had to cover with tinfoil as it was getting rather brown/burned on top. As the time was ticking on and on I was beginning to despair that it would ever bake through.
After an hour and a half I decided to cut my losses and get it out.
it is a bit burnt in places, but do bakers not call that “well fired”? I am sure there are people who like it like that! I couldn’t resist but try the “knock knock” test and was pleased to find it did make the satisfying noise – in most pieces of it anyway! I decided to slice up and have a taste.
The flavours are actually very good and it does taste lovely warm. I am not convinced that we will get through all of this though and some may well end up with the birds. if it does, I am sure they will have tasted a lot worse. I am even less convinced that Mr Hollywood would give my bread pass marks, but next week’s another week.
I can’t say I am bursting to try more bread making again, but I tried it and while I may not have conquered it I won’t knead (get it!) much encouragement to try another slice of my white chocolate and orange creation tomorrow.