A handmade loaf the perfect Thank You present

A handmade loaf the perfect Thank You present

by Azélia on 14/07/2012

in Flour / Grain Talk,Roller Milling,Sourdough Recipes,Stone Milling

It’s the end of the school year and instead of the usual box of chocolate, pot plant, or my preferred gift of a bottle of wine to my kid’s school teachers it seemed fitting I gave them a handmade sourdough.  And in my case not forgetting the receptionist who’s had  to listen to my constant complaints of non-disable drivers parking in the school’s disable bay.

They’ve had a loaf from me before, and it’s the most wonderful feeling handing them another and seeing their eyes light up with eagerness showing on their face, knowing what they’re about to receive they can’t buy.  To give a baked gift, a loaf or cake is to give a piece of love I think.

  • 200g mild levain
  • 200g white roller mill flour 12% protein
  • 250g white stoneground tybalt
  • 50g wholemeal stoneground tybalt
  • 9g salt
  • 320g water

Mixed and folded twice, shaped, left to rise til good rise, in fridge overnight.  Out of fridge one hour and baked.



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simon July 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

just made mine this morning, to a very similar recipe from my SD course at loaf (Tom Baker) – and I always do your stretch in bowl method, both for SD & yeasted – works every time.
Agreed about the satisfaction of giving loaves to folk – I make bread for a few folk in the village, and friends, and it’s good to hear their positive comments..particularly good for the ego!
My wife is the cake maker in our house, and very good too…she takes them into her work, with the comment – how do you find the time? She also makes them for me for work, I take them in for client meetings and yesterday took in for a strategy meeting with the directors (M & F partners) with one for the FD to take home – her eyes lit up…brownie points, tick!
As you say, a bit of love…the great thing is, both sons cook, one professionally. The eldest is a very adventurous cook & baker, and bakes cakes for us and his partner for birthdays..brilliant!

Azélia July 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

hi Simon – I love the sound of your family, what a creative and talented bunch you are!

Maureen July 15, 2012 at 3:54 am

Gorgeous bread and I’d love to have someone come to visit and bring bread like this!

I must practice bread making because I certainly love to eat it. Your talent is immense.

Azélia July 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

You can make bread like this Maureen, easy if I can do it so can you.

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