After a weekend away in Cambridge and embarking upon a redecorating project at home, I wanted something really simple to make this week.
I already felt like I didn’t really have any spare time to make something very intricate, so I chose an easy recipe from the Viennoiserie section of ‘the book’.
The recipe I settled on was a chocolate orange loaf. It ticked all the boxes, it was simple to make and very tasty. This is something children could make. So perhaps you could give it a go over the summer holidays.
I love making bread, it’s so relaxing and returning to it after a few hours to see how much it’s grown, is always fun.
The other thing about bread, is that because of the yeast, it’s a ‘live’ product, meaning that no two loaves are ever exactly the same.
To begin I mixed the dry ingredients for the bread, to this I added some powdered milk that had been mixed with warm water.
All of the ingredients are combined in a food mixer or by hand, until they are soft and elastic.
Chocolate chips and orange peel are then added by hand and kneaded into the dough, until fully mixed in.
The dough is then left to prove until doubled in size.
The dough is then tipped out into a floured surface and rolled and shaped until it will fit into a 9 inch loaf tin. The dough is then left to prove again until doubled in size.
The proven loaf is baked in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and then left to cool.
Here’s the recipe:
- 375g Strong White Bread Flour
- 15g Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tsp Salt
- 15g Fresh Yeast or 1½ Tsp Fast Action Yeast
- 20g Powdered Milk
- 200ml Lukewarm Water
- 60g Mixed Peel
- 50g Softened Unsalted Butter
- 70g Milk Chocolate Chips
- Put the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a bowl to mix by hand) fitted with a dough hook.
- Crumble in the yeast, making sure it does not touch the salt.
- In a small bowl dissolve the powdered milk in the lukewarm water.
- Pour this into the dry ingredients.
- Knead at low speed until smooth (about 3 minutes), or by hand.
- Add the softened butter and increase the speed to medium and knead until all the butter is incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Or Knead by hand.
- Add the chocolate chips and the candied peel and knead by hand until evenly distributed.
- The dough should be firm and elastic.
- Place the dough back in the bowl and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume about 1 hour 3omins.
- On a lightly floured worktop flatten the dough into a rectangle and then roll it up tightly and tuck both the ends under.
- Lightly grease and flour a 9inch loaf tin.
- Place the dough in the pan with the seam at the bottom.
- Press the dough into the pan.
- Leave the dough to rise in a warm place until doubled again, around 1 hour 30 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Bake the loaf for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Tap the bottom it will sound hollow.
- Transfer to a rack and allow to cool.
Do you have any fallback recipes that you always bake for special occasions or bake sales at work, because they always produce the desired results?
If so, let me know.
Thanks for reading.