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WordPress Weekly Photo: Transient

All of the items in the photos below are (were) transient. They didn’t last long on the plate and their deliciousness was relished.

Fish for main meal
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Pork for main meal
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Now this definitely did not last very long…
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Cheese plate for dessert
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Hummus, olives and ciabatta
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A soup for a starter
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Two pizzas in one, it didn’t last long on the plate
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Transient. 

 

Hot Tea And Raisin Bread

Sunday afternoon and time for tea. It just seems the right thing to do. On a cold Sunday afternoon. With raisin bread. So comforting.

The raisin bread is busy rising. I use a bread maker from start to finish. Che and I have not regretted buying this wonderful machine. The recipe is simple – it’s not my original but the one that comes with the bulk packs of sticks of 7g dry yeast.

Rising raisin bread – that’s quite a mouthful and it’s not even baked yet…
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Ingredients:

  1. 125ml lukewarm water (1/2 cup)
  2. 80ml lukewarm milk (1/3/ cup)
  3. 1 large egg, beaten
  4. 5ml salt (1 ts)
  5. 60ml sugar ( 4 tbsp)
  6. 60 g butter, cut into pieces
  7. 420g cake flour (3 1/2 cups)
  8. 7g dry yeast
  9. 140g raisins (200ml)
  10. Milk to brush
  11. Sugar to sprinkle

Method – step 1:

  • Place ingredients 1 to 8 – in the order written above – into the bread machine pan (make sure the paddle is in position and secure) – the first time I made bread I forgot to put in the paddle and was quite surprised when the ingredients weren’t mixing.
  • Select setting 5 or sweet setting on your machine. Select loaf size (900g/1lb/1.5lb – I chose a 1lb loaf) and colour setting.
  • Press start.

Method – step 2:

  • When the ingredients have mixed well and the machine beeps to indicate it is going to start the knocking down stage and that new ingredients can be added – open the lid and add the raisins.

Method – step 3 – it’s optional but I like to add it:

  • When the time shows 1h15 on the machine open the lid and brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sugar for a golden crust.

And there you have it. Wait for the machine to finish, let it cool only a bit, about 10 minutes or so, turn out the loaf and enjoy. With hot steaming tea.

It’s risen nicely
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The recipe recommends to glaze the loaf with a sugar water mix for a shiny finish but I don’t do this, the sugar sprinkles are enough. It’s not meant to win any looks competitions. But it does look good, don’t you think?

Already and sliced
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