Well this was fun to make! What's not to like about bread in a clay flower pot? I think these would be great to serve along side a main when friends come over, they just look so cute. This was admittedly the second time I've ever made bread so I was ecstatic when they came out perfect. I altered an old recipe I found for the bread online, changing the flour and some of the measurements and the result was a lovely golden bread which was delightfully soft and airy in the middle. It also made my house smell incredible. Bonus. If you want to make this bread you'll need new clay pots (not painted as some of the paints contain lead so I'm told), wash them thoroughly then bake them several times before using. I just bunged mine in the bottom of the oven and baked them whilst I had the oven on for something else so as not to waste energy.
350g self raising flour
100g vital wheat gluten flour
2 tsp brown sugar
1.5 tsp sea salt
50g margarine (warmed)
2 tsp dried active yeast
300ml tepid water
50g mixed seeds (I used chia, linseed, pumpkin and sunflower)
Line your clay pots with greaseproof paper then cut the excess off the top. Place on a baking tray ready for later.
Add half the sugar and the yeast to the tepid water and leave 'til it bubbles (about 10 minutes).
In a mixing bowl sift the flours followed by the salt, remaining sugar and seeds, mix well. Add the melted butter followed by the yeast mixture and mix well.
Knead the mixture on a smooth surface like a mofo until it's smooth and not sticky. I find humming an 80's pop song whilst kneading is quite therapeutic on a Sunday morn.
Cut the dough in to 6 equal pieces, roll into balls and put into individual flower pots.
Cover the tray of pots with cling film/saran wrap and leave somewhere warm to rise for 45-60 minutes.
Remove cling film and pop in the oven at gas mark 5/190 and bake until golden brown (about 20-30 minutes).
Leave to cool then take each roll of bread out, remove the greaseproof paper. Pop the little loaves of joy back in their pots and enjoy!
Here's some more pics of the bread (can you tell I was pleased with this?)
|No Pedro, none of delicious bread for you|
|Ahahaha, my bread has ears!|