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St George's Day - something a little different!

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St George's Day - something a little different!

I am new to this site so hello to all! I have been baking bread for a long time, but I am seriously trying to get into it more, learn about it and try out lots of different things. I have just signed up to here, got a lot of books in my wish list on Amazon waiting for pay day at the end of the month, and have been reading a great magazine that you can find here: The additions are free from 2012, and then look a reasonable price for 2013 and current editions. I am literally reading the first.

So today I saw on facebook it was St George's Day here in the UK. I should know really, but we've just had Easter and it had slipped my mind! So I thought I would do something to celebrate!

I haven't tried the old sourdough thing yet, so just have fast action yeast from a packet. It has always done me well. I've tried the fresh stuff, but never got much of a difference...I am sure I'll be learning more about it soon. The recipe was as follows:

  • 12oz of strong white bread flour
  • 4 oz of granary flour
  • About 2tsp salt and 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 sachet of yeast
  • Water to make it up - I'm afraid I never measure it out, I just pour it in and mix until it is about right! 


I made the dough and when it was ready, I knocked it back, rolled it out and put chopped up piquanté peppers and cooked bacon on top, and kneaded it all in. Oh yum! I think 2 rashers of bacon and about 4 peppers...but I wasn't really paying attention, just adding what looked right!

I made them into 3oz rolls (I've started weighing them as I am useless at getting them all the same size!) and left them to rise again whilst the oven was hotting up!

in the oven!

I made up some plain flour, water and red food colouring and whacked it in a piping bag and piped on crosses! A brush with some egg and then in the oven for about 20 mins.




I think that they turned out pretty well, and with a bit of cheese and butter...oh yum!

So what do you think? I would love to know your opinions as I am trying to get top notch at this stuff.


Thanks so much for taking the time to read!

the finished bread!


Oh yummy!