"A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou."
- Omar Khayyam
My Top 5 recipes from Alison & Simon Holst’s The New Zealand bread book
I grew up in a house where my mum made bread. And, because I was a kid and most kids’ mums didn’t make bread, sometimes this was embarrassing. But I do have fond memories of a group of my classmates around our house, all making bread with my mum.
Because I’m a fan of Alison Holst’s recipes, the bread book caught my eye. I’m getting into baking in a big way – so seeing it for sale really cheaply persuaded me to give it a go.
Now, a year on, I can offer my fav go-to recipes out of this book. In another year, I’ll probably have some more! Where available, I’ve added my notes from my copy of the book. I’m so addicted, my family bought me a food mixer for my 40th, one with a sturdy dough hook.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to contribute to those ‘bring-a-plate’ functions this season, try these out.
~ Annie, Central
And, a special addition:
I make my own spreads to go with many of these. Simple recipe – but you will need a blender-type thing...
Blitz together a couple of handfuls of sundried tomatoes, a clove or two of garlic (depending on what you feel like), some breadcrumbs to bind it a bit, and enough oil from the sundried tomato jar to get the right consistency. If you feel like it, add some balsamic vinegar.
I do the same sort of thing but with olives instead, adding olive oil.
Sundried Tomato Bread
19 January 2011: yummy. Added tomato ‘pesto’.
Kumara & Cumin Bread
No photo of this one, because it got inhaled at a work bake-off.
7 November 2010: yummy. Used maple syrup instead of honey. Very moist.
Simon’s All Purpose White Bread Recipe
All-purpose, all-powerful, all-good. I chop and change this one – adding grains and seeds as I feel