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Garlic, Cheese & Smoked Sausage Tear & Share Loaf ~ #GreatBloggersBakeOff

I have never made bread from scratch before – I have only really used the bread mixes you buy in the supermarkets about three times and with varying success. I missed Bread Week during GBBO, I can’t remember why but I did, which meant that my bread baking cherry was still very much intact – I’ve never even used yeast in a recipe before.

Until yesterday.

After the last couple of weeks of flu and tiredness and whatnot, getting back into the kitchen and baking was high on my priority list. I hadn’t realised just how much I have come to rely on baking as a de-stressing activity during the week and I have really missed it.

My pretty bag of Tesco Finest* bread flour has been staring at me in the cupboard ever since it arrived but my fear of bread has kept it there until today when I decided it was time I got brave and took the plunge. A quick read of the internet gave me the basic guidelines for bread and I decided that rather than making a boring loaf of bread I was going to just go for it and try something more exciting.

After a rummage round the kitchen for ingredient ideas I decided on trying to make a cheese, garlic and smoked sausage tear and share style loaf as there was a chance that the kids would eat it as well as Caius and I.


I used this recipe from the BBC Good Food website and simply added chopped smoked sausage and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning before putting the cheese on top and leaving it to prove.

The result was tasty with a nice light texture although I thought it was perhaps slightly too salty so next time I might use unsalted butter instead. It was also a bit chunky for a tear and share loaf in places – I needed to be a bit firmer with the dough and stretch it out more before adding the toppings I think.

There is definitely going to be a next time though because not only was it yummy, BOTH of the Smalls ate it. Which is a small miracle for something savoury that I’ve made myself.bread


Many thanks to Tesco for providing me with a bag of their Finest* flour to bake with as part of the Great Bloggers Bake Off. Considering I had no idea what I was doing or how things should work, I can only credit the utter success of the bake to the quality of my ingredients as I have no experience to draw on!

To see the other fab entries on the Great Bloggers Bake Off, nip over to The Crazy Kitchen or Mummy Mishaps to check out the other blogs on the Linky.

2 thoughts on “Garlic, Cheese & Smoked Sausage Tear & Share Loaf ~ #GreatBloggersBakeOff

  1. mmmmmmm this looks lovely Carole and i love the flavours you have combined. and excellent news that the little people enjoyed it – to me that is a huge success . x


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