Super Simple Bread Recipes

I love homemade bread but often I don’t have the patience for the length of time needed as well as all of the faff of kneading and proving with a proper loaf. However we all know there is something ultimately comforting about home made bread, the smell, the way the butter melts on a slightly warm from the oven loaf. The list goes on. If I want something quick and easy at home I will typically make a soda bread or flatbreads, find recipes for these types of bread along with a few more great super simple bread recipes from fellow bloggers.

 

 

My Slow Cooker Lemon & Herb Bread

simple bread recipes

My Caramelised Red Onion & Cheddar Soda Bread

Easy Olive Soda Bread Rolls:

easy bread recipes

Malted Soda Bread from Kavey Eats:

Spring Onion & Bacon Cornbread from Recipes From A Pantry:

Quick Yoghurt Flatbreads from Recipes From A Pantry:

Fluffy Milk Rolls From Veggie Desserts:

Slow Rise No Knead Sourdough from Fuss Free Flavours:

30 Minute Bread Rolls from Little Sunny Kitchen:

Blueberry & Lemon Soda Bread from Fab Food 4 All:

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

Last week I told you about my new love for Cardamom. And here I am with my second bake in a week for Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread. If you are ever looking for a really simple yet delicious bake then shortbread is always the way to go. It is so straightforward that even novice bakers would do just fine on a first attempt. I have been making shortbread adding various twists along the way for years now. I like to have a batch of dough in the freezer ready for when a sugary, buttery hit is needed which let’s be honest is most weeks.. ok I admit it the dough rarely gets in the freezer.

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

This was an experimental bake after watching the new Jamie Oliver Quick and Easy TV show and wanting orange shortbread so badly but only having lemons in my fruit bowl. The addition of cardamom was a last minute yet clearly genius idea as the flavours work so well together. In fact my favourite local bakery made lemon and cardamom sticky buns last summer and that must have planted that particular flavour combo firmly in my brain. Anyway no more rambling let’s get to the recipe.

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

You will need:

250g Plain Flour

175g butter

75g caster sugar

zest of 1 lemon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom or 7 pods opened and seeds crushed

Preheat oven to 180c, line or grease a flat baking tray.

Mix your flour, sugar, zest and spice together well before rubbing in your butter and bringing it all together in a dough. At this stage I choose to wrap my dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. You can avoid this stage if you are in a rush. Remove dough from fridge. Place your dough on a well floured surface and knead lightly before rolling out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into rectangles for traditional shortbread fingers or use a cutter for standard biscuit shapes. Use a fork to press some holes in the top of each biscuit. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they can go from golden to burnt very quickly. Once out of the oven pop on a cooling rack and sprinkle with sugar.

Lemon And Cardamom Shortbread

Try not to eat them all in one go!

Check out my recipe for Rosemary Shortbread if you want some more ideas and next week I have a round up post of shortbread recipes from some amazing food bloggers so keep your eyes peeled.

Copenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review Part 1

Last month I set off on a trip to Denmark. I am a little in love with Denmark, well Copenhagen at least as I haven’t yet ventured outside of the capital. This was my third trip inside of 12 months but my previous trips had been all too brief, this time I felt I really got to know this wonderful city. I was invited by Copenhagen Cooking Festival to come and check out the festival and the food scene in the city and what a trip it was!

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is an annual food festival that celebrates the Copenhagen gastro scene and Denmark as a food country.The festival offers more than 100 unique events over the course of 10 days in August and there is something for every taste – from intimate dinners with Danish chefs to huge food events with thousands of guests. Famous chefs from all over the world featured in this years festival.

My trip started off with a super speedy check in at the perfectly instagrammable Andersen Hotel before jumping in a cab and zooming off to Israel Plads for the festival opening BBQ. The BBQ was sponsored by Jacobsen (Carlsberg) who had created a pretty pink beer in honour of the occasion, I had my fair share of it during the weekend. We had food cooked in front of us by chefs and foragers such as Thomas Laursen ( www.wildfooding.dk ), Morten Falk ( Danish participant for Bocus D’or ), Henrik Jyrk ( One of the best BBQ chefs in Denmark ) and Karlos Ponte ( former head chef of Noma ) so as you can imagine we were extremely well fed. The weather was drizzly and wet for our first evening but there was a party atmosphere in the tent and we had a wonderful night.

Copenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGERCopenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGERCopenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGER

Copenhagen Cooking Festival 2017 Review

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGER

The next day began with an early start as I and fellow trip attendee Kim Leuenberger went exploring Copenhagen before the city really woke up, we walked miles along empty streets munching Cinnamon buns. We enjoyed the famous Nyhavn haven area in relative peace and glorious sunshine, if you ever visit the city I recommend getting up early to do this.

nyhavn

After our explorations we met up with the rest of our group and headed off for a day at Christian Puglisi’s Farm Of Ideas festival. This was a really fun experience. Christian established this farm a year ago to be able to produce organic ingredients for his restaurants, I’ll be writing about this a little more later this month so keep your eyes peeled. On arrival at the farm we collected our picnic baskets, complete with blankets, glasses, cutlery and plates and our tokens which allowed us to collect a dish from each stand at the round tent on the farm.

farm of ideas

picnic

There was a really family vibe at the picnic on the hill, the weather was perfect and well it was a bit special. Atmosphere aside we had some amazing food on offer cooked by seriously talented and successful chefs such as Claus Meyer, Jock Zonfrillo and more. My favourite dish was the potato salad. I mean when is potato salad ever the highlight of a meal? I guess when it is cooked by Claus Meyer, the trick he told me is to cook the potatoes in beer. I am experimenting with my own version of this recipe..coming soon!

claus meyer potato salad

I also enjoyed watching Frank Erichsen churning THE most incredible butter to serve with the famous Mirabelle sourdough. Oh and did I mention the Mirabelle ice cream.. OH MY WORD. Raw milk ice cream served with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. An absolute taste sensation I assure you.

raw milk ice cream

After the picnic Christian took us on a tour of the farm, explaining a bit more behind the ideas that made it all come together. It was incredibly interesting, I always love listening to someone who is passionate about food and where it comes from and Christian is definitely that. We also got to meet the cows who were responsible for the ice cream we ate after lunch and the mozzarella we enjoyed at our evening banquet. The time taken from when they are milked to when the cheese and ice cream is produced is generally less than 12 hours which is fairly incredible. It ensures the product you eat is as fresh as it can possibly be.

christian pugilisi

 

farm of ideas

Image credit: KIM LEUENBERGER

Image credit: KIM LEUENBERGER

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGER

The remainder of the afternoon was spent relaxing on the farm. There were talks from food influencers and chefs such as Darina Allen and Jock Zontrillo which we watched whilst enjoying some natural wine.

Our day finished with the Bæst pop up banquet, Bæst are known for their incredible pizzas ( voted amongst the top 20 pizzerias in the world) and they certainly didn’t disappoint. The fresh mozzarella and charcuterie deserve a mention too. There was such a warm, friendly atmosphere in the banquet area and we enjoyed a LOT of delicious wine and food.

Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGER

farm of ideas

  Image Credit:KIM LEUENBERGER

We left the farm weary and full of good food and stories. Look out for part two of my trip coming up in a few days which includes a trip to 108 ( Noma), a Michelin food experience, dining at the top of the Culture Tower and the best hotdog in the world contest. Oh and loads more photos of course!

If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen check out my friend Anders Husa favourite food spots.

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