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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Quick and Easy Roman Style Spelt Bread

This is a lovely textured bread, a little like crumpet, with a great taste, I love it because it needs little kneading, or preparation, just 30 minutes to rise, and about 30 to 40 minutes baking, it's healthy and low in fat, and sugar.

This recipe is taken from Doves Farm organic stone ground  Spelt wholemeal flour and works well every time even for an amature baker like me !
Spelt Loaf image


.500g Doves organic Spelt flour
.1/2 tsp. sea salt
.1 tsp. quick yeast
.1 tbs.honey ( I like to also use mango chutney it gives a lovely tangy taste to the bread)
.400ml warm water
.1 tbs. olive oil


.In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, and quick yeast
.Disolve the honey/ or mango chutney in the water and roughly mix it into the flour
Spelt dough image
.While the dough is still craggy add the oil and mix well
.Knead or work the dough for few minutes then divide between two 500g / 1lb. bread tins, or divide into two equal pieces, dust an oven tray with flour and sesame seeds, roll dough in this to cover dough, shape into two mound shapes.
.Cover and leave dough to rise for about 25 minutes in a warm place.
.Bake in a preheated oven 200 degrees C/fan 180* C / 400 F / Gas Mark 6  for 30 to 40 minutes for bread shaped on an oven tray and 40 to 45 minutes in tins.

Cut Spelt Loaf image

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wild Red Alaskan Salmon Open Style En Croute

A delicious, pan fried red salmon recipe, in an orange or lemon sauce, with garlic, parsley, zest and juice of orange or lemon, fresh green ginger, star anise, sea salt and ground black pepper, served on a bed of creamy mash, topped with a light crust puff pastry.Love this dish so nourishing !

Red salmon topped with puff pastry image

Ingredients - 2 servings

.packet of just roll puff pastry
.wild red Alaskan salmon fillets 2 per person
.mashing potatoes as required
.broccoli florets
.carrots, peeled and sliced
.sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
.an orange or lemon
.garlic cloves as required, peeled and grated
.1/2 inch of fresh green ginger, peeled and grated
.pinch dried or fresh parsley
.2 tbs extra virgin olive oil


.Roll out pastry as per packet instructions, divide in to two portions and place on an oven tray, brush with beaten egg, put in to a pre heated oven at 200 degrees C and bake for about 30 minutes till golden and risen.
.while pastry is cooking grate orange/lemon peel after washing into a frying pan, grated garlic, olive oil, grated ginger, gently fry taking care not to burn, then turn out on to a dish.

Red Salmon cooking image
.put washed and dried salmon fillet skin side down after sprinkling with salt in to fry pan and gently cook adding more oil as needed, cook till salmon changes colour halfway up then turn over.
.add squeezed orange/lemon juice and return garlic, ginger mix back to pan, add a pinch of parsley, cook gently for a couple of minutes.

.While pastry and salmon are cooking, prepare potatoes and vegetables and cook about 15 minutes before pastry is ready. Mash potatoes with milk and butter.

.put mash potatoes on a hot plate, place salmon fillets skin side up on top of mash, pour sauce from pan over them, place puff pastry on top and plate up veg.