Final week of the Summer Holidays, hard to believe next week is going to be September – the year is flying by!
Monday: Cheese & Bacon Quiche with salad
Tuesday: Stuffed marrow
Wednesday: Chicken with vegetables & new potatoes
Thursday: Pasta bake
Friday: Sausages, chips & peas
Saturday: Make your own pizza
Sunday: Honey & Mustard chicken with rice & mixed vegetables
I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky
Bread Week fills me with fear but is never as disastrous as I expect – I should really make bread more often.
So, I don’t like Rye bread so that ruled that out, I’ve made ciabatta before (and they were so *cough* wonderful *cough* that I gave them to somebody else) so that just left the stuffed/filled showstopper loaf option.
I knew I was never going to make a ‘showstopper’ beauty so decided to just try and pull off a successful bake. I kept it simple and had a fairly ‘dry’ filling to try and minimise gaps and unbaked middles – Prosciutto & Parmesan Bread.
Prosciutto & Parmesan Bread
- 450g strong plain white flour
- 50g grated parmesan
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 0.5 tsp ground black pepper
- 7g sachet fast action yeast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 250ml lukewarm water
- 50g Prosciutto ham
- Extra flour for sprinkling OR cornmeal
- Put the flour, cheese, yeast, salt and pepper in your mixer and, using a dough hook, mix in the olive oil, egg and water on minimum speed until it forms a soft dough.
- Knead for one minute on minimum setting and then four minutes on speed 1 or until the dough is soft and elastic. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover it with a damp teatowel or lightly oiled cling film and prove in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Use the dough hook on minimum speed for 30-60 seconds to gently knock the dough back. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide into two. Flatten each half into a round and sprinkle over half of the ham.
- Fold each piece of dough in half then sprinkle over the remaining ham.
- Roll each piece up and tuck in the sides to form stubby loaves.
- Transfer to a floured baking sheet (or one dusted with cornmeal if you have some to hand), leaving a gap between the loaves. Cover again and leave to rise for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200·C
- Brush the tops of your loaves with water and sprinkle with flour/cornmeal. Slash the top of the loaves then bake for 20 minutes or until the loaves are golden and sounds hollow when tapped.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Slice and serve!
I didn’t really slash my loaves bravely enough so they looked quite plain and I think I left them in a few seconds too long as they were edging out of the ‘golden’ colour range and into the ‘dark brown’ one. I also didn’t distribute my ham very evenly in one loaf as it was about four slices in before I got to any. When I did find it though, it made a very pretty swirl which was satisfying.
The bread itself was a lovely texture and not too dense, it has a soft crust and has a subtle cheese flavour that isn’t overpowering and is well complemented by the sweet, salty Prosciutto. It is incredibly moreish.
I’m taking part in the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014
Today was an extra special day as it was the Christening of not one but two very special little ladies – Edith & Lily. I am one of Edith’s (very proud) Godparents and this is a picture (clearly taken by Caius and not me, as I’m in it) of the two stars of the show and their parents and godparents with the minister who held the service.
Over the last couple of weeks these two have got a little fed up of each other’s company and there have been lots of fights, including a bit of blood loss on ocassion, so it was nice to see them having big relaxed cuddles watching TV this morning.
We went to visit baby Edith again today and had some more awake cuddles than we had on Sunday. She is a whole month old today and all kinds of gorgeous.
Tori rediscovered her Fuzzy Felts today and made this picture of Nannan and Grandad’s house. Apparently that is also Grandad’s car, although I don’t remember it looking quite like that last time I was in it…
We went to visit English Folkfan this afternoon and the Smalls had fun discovering and playing with a lot of Caius’s old toys – here they are exploring his old bath toys and later they moved on to playing with his old dolls.
I have been meaning to have a go with the ice cream maker attachment on my Kenwood for a while and tonight I made apple, blackberry and cinnamon frozen yoghurt in it. It is very yummy!
Today I got down to my Great Bloggers Bake Off attempt – bread week is scary. I think the last time I made bread was last year’s bread week! The results are incredibly tasty – turns out Parmesan and Prosciutto Bread is good stuff.
Another week, another meal plan. Just me and the kids for dinner a few nights this week so there will be lots of lazy food.
Monday: Oriental Soy & Garlic Chicken with noodles
Tuesday: Bacon & Tomato Pasta
Wednesday: Sausages, chips and vegetables
Thursday: Southern fried chicken sticks with spaghetti shapes
Friday: Fishfingers, chips and peas
Saturday: We might be out tonight, not sure yet. If not then it will probably be pasta of some sort.
Sunday: BBQ Chicken Wings and burgers with corn on the cob slices and salad.
I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky
Today my crazy boyfriend completed his first ever Olympic distance triathlon (yes, the morning after driving home from Scotland) in an epic rain storm. He did it in three and a half hours and I am super proud of him.
Made the most of the sun’s appearance today and all went for a romp in the park together.
The Smalls and I went on a day trip with my parents today whilst Caius was at work. We visited Harlech Castle (which is great for hide and seek!) and then spent half an hour paddling on the beach just outside Barmouth. It was very windy but the rain held off until we were driving home which was great considering storms were forecast!
Somebody was having a Cars day and was very pleased to discover his trainers match his play suit.
Attempted a new recipe for the Great Bloggers Bake Off today – this is about the only one I didn’t ‘overbake’ (read: practically burn).
Round two of Bake Off baking saw me doing a more basic vanilla sugar biscuit recipe but going a bit more all out on the decoration (I even tried making them 3D in the end!)
Lazy dinner tonight, just because we can :)
It is with great excitement that I can reveal the awesome front cover for the re-release of Gustavo Florentin‘s detective mystery-thriller The Schwarzschild Raduis, designed by Andrea Garcia and published by Curiosity Quills Press.
Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student, descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared.
After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony.
When she finds Olivia, Rachel becomes the killer’s next target.
You can find Gustavo Florentin on: