Well, I have picked up where I left off and am having a great time.
I tried to make stollen. It was my first attempt, and I think it was ok, but I know what I will change for next year.
Toast the almonds, omit the mixed peel, add more Marzipan perhaps and change some of the fruit I put in. I used apple brandy to soak the fruit which was lovely but could have used more fruit.
I added half the required fruit amount and thought that it looked like a lot of fruit so I made another batch and aded the fruit to that, then once cooked, I realiused that the fruit was scarece. Which for my preference is good, but for my hubby.....not so good.
Also, my stollen seemed really crispy and too brown. I followed the recipe but I used strong bread flour not all purpose flour, so perhaps that was the reason.
I also decided against icing it and went with a brown sugar (muscovado sugar) glaze with shaved almonds. Perhaps I should have iced it.
Oh well, this is how we learn and become better bakers :)
Stollen shaped and ready to proof
Stollen a little over cooked I think.
I also made my first batch of ciabatta today. I began the poolish last night and I tell you I am so proud of myself!
I decided to improvise as I was shaping and threw in a heap of red onion, and lovely organic 10 year old cheddar (I dont know much about cheese except what I like)
and bot was it consumed by myself, my hubby and my 5 year old very soon after it came out of the oven!
YUMMO! That is most definitely a make again bread :)
I will post pics as soon as I remember what my flickr account details are! lol.