April 14th, 2009

I feel the need ... the need to knead!

About 10 years ago, while I was working at my previous job, one of my colleagues bought a breadmaker. This inspired several other people to do the same, including me, but the novelty soon wore off, so it sat unused for a long time. More recently, I've started using it again, and that's been going well: it's cheaper than buying a loaf from the supermarket, and the bread tastes nicer. When I've bought loaves, I've often wound up throwing some/all of the bread into the bin when it's gone mouldy, but when I bake bread at home and make sandwiches for work, I have to fight the urge to just eat the bread right away.

Now that I've been doing that for a while, I've decided to take it to the next stage. I bought a 2lb (900g) loaf tin from the supermarket recently, so I can make dough in the breadmaker and then transfer it to the tin to bake in the oven. This has a few advantages:

1) The breadmaker leaves a hole in the middle of the base (from the paddle), so I can avoid that by using a tin.

2) This is an interim step towards ditching the breadmaker altogether, which would free up some counter space in the kitchen.

3) The loaf tin has slightly different dimensions to the breadmaker (the loaf tin is longer whereas the breadmaker tin is taller), and this means that the slices fit into my lunchbox.

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Following on from that, I had another go at pizza making last night. My last attempt wasn't very successful, so this time I made the pizza base from scratch.

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