Bread. I bit the bullet and decided it was high time I made some bread without the use of the Bread Maker. I didn't have much confidence in this area and this is the main reason I have been putting it off. No longer. I have been much spurred on by my success today. I don't have grand visions of bread making, but now I know I can make bread. And make bread I will. Without bias, this tastes so much better than any shop bought bread. I want to experiment a little, try different things and see how I improve along the way.
The texture of the bread (or crumb, as a certain Mr Paul Hollywood, leads me to believe it is called), seems quite good to me. I had this particular one buttered with cheese. Lovely.
Mary-Jane helped out a little, she will help more next time when I am not so uptight. I plaited the loaves for a reason - when I was little, this is how I was allowed to play with and shape the dough, so this is what Mary-Jane will learn.