Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Chestnut Bread

Like I said, chestnut season.  I still have about 100g of chestnuts left, so expect another chestnut recipe soon. Anyway, felt like baking bread, probably not the smartest idea to have in the late afternoon as it's too early to leave it overnight yet too late to be able to go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

I like making bread, there are few things as satisfying as taking your homemade bread out of the oven.

It's quite plain, probably a good idea to eat it with cheese or some jam and butter, it's white bread with a hint of chestnut.  Ok, more than a hint, but it's not an overpowering flavor of chestnut.  It's nice and simple and earthy and nutty and just slightly sweet.

200g bread flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp active dry yeast
100ml milk
100g chestnuts, cooked and mashed
20g butter
1/2 tsp salt

Mix the flour with the sugar and the yeast.  Add the rest of the ingredients and form into a dough.  Knead for a couple of minutes until elastic, put in an oiled bowl and leave to rest for an hour, covered with a cloth.  Take it out of the bowl and knead for a couple of minutes, put it back in the bowl and leave it to rest for as long as you want, between 30 minutes to an hour.  Take out and knead again.  Repeat this process a couple of times, you can carry on with your life and just check on the bread when you remember.  Afterwards, put it in a greased bowl/tin and leave it to rise for another hour and you're ready to put it in a preheated oven of 180C for 25 minutes!

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