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Potato bread

For those who don't know I have learned bread baking two years ago. My first bread loaf I have tried baking from scratch (not with the help of machine) was a potato bread! After few courses and lots and lots and lots of  practice I finally developed a good technique that works with a lot of bread recipes. That of course allowed me to customise my bread as much as I want by adding different flavours and ingredients. Exciting!

Do you have your favourite bread type, flavour or even recipe. Please share here with us. Would love to see!

For those who are complete beginners in baking bread than I defiantly recommend Craftsy online baking course. It's so useful to know all the stages of bread baking, just think of possibilities! In fact there is a great offer going on right now, you can get Craftsy 25% Off Food Classes during November. And if you are feeling lucky then you should defiantly give a try and participate in Craftsy contest for a chance to win a free Food Class by sharing you own favourite recipe (not only bread) on Craftsy Recipe Sharing Submission Page. Good luck!

POTATO RYE BREAD WITH SEADS

  • 1 potato (about 200g)
  • 300g bread flour
  • 100g rye flour
  • 7g fast action yeast
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 200ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds

1. Mix all the dry ingredients except the seeds in the large bowl and make a well in the middle.

2. Grate pealed potato by using "pucker" stile hole grater that is common in most multi hole side graters. I prefer using plastic one as that prevents grated potato go grey.

plastic potato grater

3. Pour water and add grated potato into the flour well. Mix everything together into solid mass by folding the flour in from the sides. Mix the seeds into the mixture.

4. Kneed the dough continuously for 10-15 minutes until it becomes less sticky. Do not be tempted to add more flour during this process.

5. Cover the dough in the clean bowl and let it rise for 1hour until it doubles in size.

bread dough rising bread dough rising

6. "deflate" the dough and form it into the loaf. I use a proving basket so it makes nicer looking bread loaf. Cover the loaf and let it rise one more time for 30 min.

Potato bread dough in prooving basket

7. Once the bread dough had its final rise, bake in preheated 200C oven for 30 min.

potato bread with seeds and rye

Let the bread cool completely before slicing.

potato bread with seeds and rye

Happy bread baking!

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Tatting

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Recently I could not put my tatting work down... I have finally nailed it! Thanks to CRAFTSY online classes and their really easy to follow step by step videos. I especially love the fact that the teacher is really positive as that makes you feel like you can defiantly do it, regardless how complicated it looks. I can't wait until I create new projects using this skill that I have learned (hopefully soon you will be able to make it too!). It's like making friendship bracelets, but prettier ;).

how to tat

This is my first time ever signing up for e-course! Have you had good experience with online classes before? Would love to hear your story :).

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Finally, just wanted to mention that Craftsy offers a wild variety of courses to do with crafts and a little bit more (e.g baking). So pick yours HERE ;).

Happy e-learning!

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