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Heather's Ploughman's Bread

This is a good recipe for an impromptu lunch. Heather uses a gorgeous smelling sweet pickle bread with butter and hunks of Cheddar which according to Peter should be accompanied by a pint of cold beer. If this doesn't spur you on to try this recipe out I don't know what can.

The second recipe is for a Cheddar cheese and pale ale or lager bread which is great served with a mixed salad.

As always, do please listen to the programme for Heather's invaluable tips and serving suggestions. Please note that both recipes are for breadmachines.

 

Sweet pickle bread (using a bread machine)

 

225 g or 8 oz or 11/2 cups of soft grain strong white bread flour

225 g or 8 oz or 11/2 cups of country grain strong brown bread flour

275 mL or 10 fl oz or 1 1/4 cups of water

2 tablespoons of oil

5 tablespoons of sweet piccalilli

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

2 teaspoons of caster sugar

1 tablespoon of dried skimmed milk powder or milk granules

1 1/4 teaspoon of instant or fast acting dried yeast

 

Mix the two flours together. Pour the water into the bread maker container, add the oil and the piccalilli and half the mixed flours. Sprinkle in the salt, sugar and dried milk then add the remaining flour mix and put the yeast in the centre. Do please make sure that the salt and the yeast are well separated. Put the container into the bread machine and use the programme for a basic white loaf. When it's done carefully shake the loaf out on to a wire cooling rack and stand the right way up. Leave to cool for at least one hour before cutting.

 

Cheddar cheese and pale ale or lager bread (using a bread machine)

 

250 mL or 9fl oz or 11/8 cup of pale ale or lager

25 mL or 1fl oz or 1/8 cup of water

1 tablespoon of oil

450 g or 16oz or 3 cups of soft grain strong white bread flour

100 g or 4 oz or 1 cup of grated (mature) cheddar cheese

11/2 teaspoons of salt

6 teaspoons of caster sugar

2 tablespoons of skimmed dried milk powder or granules

3/4 teaspoon of instant or fast acting dried yeast

 

Pour the pale ale or lager and water into the container, add the oil and half the flour. Sprinkle in the cheese, salt, sugar and the dried milk, then add the remaining flour and the yeast on top into the centre making sure it cannot get into contact with the salt. Place the container into the bread maker and use the programme for a basic white loaf. When it's done carefully shake the loaf out on to a wire cooling rack and stand the right way up. Leave to cool for at least one hour before cutting.

To make contact with Heather: www.carpentersarmsgastropub.co.uk

For your wines: www.domainedescroix.fr

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