So, together, we plan classes that go through all basic cooking techniques and baking. Each week we prepare a vegetable dish, starter or soup, then a main course and a dessert or a bake. It’s blistering hot at this time of year, but we ‘have’ to cook hearty wholesome foods each week, in make-belief of the blizzard outside. So, August in full swing and we are making Duck a l’Orange, Creamy Garlic Mushrooms, Farmhouse Mashed Potatoes and a fantastic Hazelnut cinnamon Butter Bread.
Kneading bread for 10 minutes, then leaving it to rise. IT’s so much quicker to prove bread than in winter. It only takes 30 minutes and it’s time to knock the dough back. Then I shape it and prove it once more, glaze and bake. I looooove making bread. Even in Summer. And as usual Pickles (the cat) watches…..
My house smells of Christmas but feels like the execution of St Lawrence!
Did you know? In August we celebrate the tears of St Lawrence between the 9th and the 14th. The sky is clustered with shooting stars. Magic…All you need is a dark sport by the sea, a comfy towel to lay on and a bottle of very cold white wine, and the stars shine even brighter.
And… we also celebrate the feast of St Lawrence on August 10th. in the little village on the far North West of the Island, named also St Lawrence, after the saint. Here is a little insight of what went on then.
The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. "Turn me over," he said to the judge. "I'm done on this side!" And just before he died, he said, "It's cooked enough now."
It suddenly feels cool in the kitchen……
- Plain Strong Flour - 500grams
- Yeast (instant) - 11grams or 1 cube fresh yeast
- Light Brown Sugar - 2 tbsp
- Butter - soft - 50 grams
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Warm Water - 250ml
- Warm Milk - 250ml
- Caraway Seeds - 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon - 1 tsp
- For The Filling
- Toasted Hazelnuts - 150 grams - finely crushed
- Butter - 80 grams
- Light Brown Sugar - 4 tbsp
- Cinnamon - 1 tsp