Good evening all! As you can see, we have experienced our first snow of the season here today. Much as I love snow it was not really the sort to overly excite. Although the flakes were thick and fluffy the temperature’s too warm for it to stick around so the overall effect was generally grey and slushy – the sort of snow that will wet your feet and make you fall over rather than dazzle you with its beauty.
We returned from Edinburgh yesterday and it is lovely to be home, however wonderful our holiday was. Going away so soon after Christmas has made it seem like an extended festive period. We never had the whole ‘going back to work’ around New Year as people only went back for a day or two so it seems like ages since we’ve just been bumbling along in our normal little routines.
Even though there are bags lining the hall we did have rather a lazy day, lots of cuddles with the Little Man who has become used to being the centre of attention lately. I am secretly pleased to have him to myself for a bit, although everybody has been amazing and I’ve loved being able to leave the room knowing that there would always be somebody there to entertain him!
In fact, my only real achievement today has been to bake a rather marvellous new loaf – Pesto Bread. I usually make my own bread using the little packets that involve pouring the contents into the machine, add water and press go. All good and very predictable but I feel a desire to branch out a bit.
When I was a teenager I used to make a range of breads by hand but I don’t think that is going to happen at the moment. I am therefore going to expand my repertoire of machine loaves. Today I made a white loaf flavoured with 2 tbsp of red pesto and the results were delicious! Soft and tasty with so much flavour in the crust. As usual I made the smallest loaf on Rapid Bake, because I like the soft, light texture that this gives (although a longer bake would not be a problem). The recipe was:
400 g strong flour
1 sachet rapid dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp red pesto
Add to your bread machine in the order suggested and bake!
May have to make it with green pesto another time, just for fun!
What’s your favourite bread recipe?