… there’s been a bit of a tragedy in Belleau Kitchen… you may want to sit down for this…
… Lucretia died…
… pour, dear, clearly neglected Lucretia, my delicious sourdough pet, who has provided many a loaf, went horribly sour and died. I had sadly neglected to feed her and after a week of very warm weather the wrong kind of bacteria began to form and all I can say is that when I opened her she stank so badly of the worst kind of blue-cheese that I nearly gagged and had to pour her down the sink… followed by a heck of a lot of bleach!
… not to worry, I will start again with another… and she will be better, and airier, and sourer!
… and this will be no mausoleum to Lucretia… instead I have made two very simple loafs of yeast bread in her honour.
A Farmhouse Loaf for Richard and a Walnut and Honey Loaf for Peter
the boys are here for a fun weekend and I thought I’d show off a little with some home baking. I’ve made the Farmhouse Loaf before, it’s pretty fail safe and the walnut one uses the same recipe but I’ve added olive oil instead of butter and honey instead of sugar… towards the end of the kneading process I threw in a handful of chopped walnuts… and will you look at these beauties!
an interesting note is that the plain white loaf was baked in my silicone mold, which clearly sags slightly creating a wider loaf, whereas the walnut loaf I baked in my lovely new retro blue loaf tin, which, with it’s rigid sides, pushed the loaf upwards… fascinating stuff!
… and I have a couple of winners to announce… a copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cook book will be flying off to the lucky Bellini from More than Burnt Toast and Judith from A Trifle Rushed… well done and happy cooking!
eat and of course, enjoy!