Dan Lepard’s Perfect Plain Pita Bread

I flipped open Dan Lepard’s “Short and Sweet” book, and decided to make Perfect Plain Pita Bread. I had high hopes; I love pita bread. Mixing, resting, and proving the dough was as easy as ABC. It’s second-nature to me now. I don’t even think about how long 10-seconds of kneading is; it’s 10-seconds. I…

Dan Lepard’s Breakfast Soda Bread

Dan Lepard’s Breakfast Soda Bread from “Short and Sweet” This is quite possibly the best recipe in Dan’s most recent book, “Short and Sweet”. There’s an older version of this recipe on the Guardian’s website but the updated one in his book is more precise and positively wow-inducing. That’s what my husband said after peeling…

Dan Lepard’s Superwraps

Short and Tweet Baking Challenge: Superwraps I’ve seen the word “quinoa” before but never realised that this week’s baking challenge would be a lesson in pronunciation. It’s not kwin-oha, which is how I’ve always pronounced it. It’s “keen-wah”. I carefully sounded it out several times in my head, hoping it would stick. It didn’t. I…

Dan Lepard’s Onion and Bay Bread

Onion and Bay Leaf Bread from “The Handmade Loaf” – and a few thoughts on Real Bread Onions and bay leaves and full-fat milk are magical when combined with flour. Like heavenly scented Béchamel sauce, or the foundation of a rich gravy, or the first step in traditionally made bread dough before mechanisation took over…

Dan Lepard’s Short & Tweet Challenge: Spinach Pasties

Spinach and Ricotta Pasties from “Short and Sweet” Until today I’d never made pastry of this type, and I looked forward to seeing just how spectacularly I could mess it up. In my experience with Short and Tweet challenges, two attempts are required at a recipe before I can turn my back on it with…

Short and Sweet Challenge: Soft White Baps

“Short and Sweet” Soft White Baps This was new territory for me, having never successfully made rolls, so I didn’t go into this on waves of confidence. I organised all of my ingredients on the worktop, grabbed my flour sifter, and then immediately winced and ducked as a metal fly-wheel, two springs and a circular…

Dan Lepard’s Extra-Thin Rye Crispbreads

The last of December’s Short and Tweet Challenges. The clue to success is in its name: Extra-Thin. Not sort-of-thin or is-this-thin-enough. If you’re doubting your concept of ‘thin’, then you’ve not rolled it out thin enough. Keep rolling. Ro-lling, ro-lling, ro-lling out of the crispbread. I’m so tired so humming Christmas carols in my head….