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Seeing as we’re getting all Bake Off, I did make my Christmas cake yesterday. I’ve had a couple of hundred weight of dried fruit sloshing around in the cement mixer full of brandy for the last week.
 
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Our Daily Bread. Mrs VD's wholemeal sourdough. The shape isn't going to win prizes, but always tastes good.

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Nice :thumb I’ve made wholemeal sourdough over the years but recently I have gone back to using white flour simply because it’s easier (!) although I must confess to losing a little of my sourdough Va Va Voom recently as can be seen in my earlier photo (tastes good but not the rise I’d like to see).
 
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Sounds like @kurienp can help you with that as I don’t have one. The only (irritating) thing I would add is that the French Bundt tin that I bought cost less than a fiver :)
Do you think a ring of silicone paper sheet would do similar? We use circular silicone sheets for the Aga top for eggs and the like, and if you cut a circular hole that would get you a ring for the bottom of the tin at not too much money? I’m definitely into bread baking at home - so reckon we’ll give the Omnia a whirl. I guess it woks okay on a Cadac or similar ??
 
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Do you think a ring of silicone paper sheet would do similar? We use circular silicone sheets for the Aga top for eggs and the like, and if you cut a circular hole that would get you a ring for the bottom of the tin at not too much money? I’m definitely into bread baking at home - so reckon we’ll give the Omnia a whirl. I guess it woks okay on a Cadac or similar ??
The sheet will give you non stick……. the advantage of the Bundt tin I have is that it sits inside the lower Omnia base and leaves a small air gap so the heat is less fierce on the base. As for Cadac? I dunno, never used one. What I can say is that the Omnia works well with a normal gas hob..
 
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Copy that. Slow cooker get hot enough?
I’ve just baked a small tin loaf in the slow cooker. I pre heated it on high for 30 mins then put the bread in for 1 hour still on high.

The rise was much more than I was expecting so it did distort a bit as it touched the glass top. However…… despite looking a bit anaemic it tastes great and the crust is soft which suits my blunt teeth haha.

I will try again but next time I will do a boule so it can keep it’s natural shape

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I’ve just baked a small tin loaf in the slow cooker. I pre heated it on high for 30 mins then put the bread in for 1 hour still on high.

The rise was much more than I was expecting so it did distort a bit as it touched the glass top. However…… despite looking a bit anaemic it tastes great and the crust is soft which suits my blunt teeth haha.

I will try again but next time I will do a boule so it can keep it’s natural shape

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The more you post your bread pics, the stronger the case for a Scotland Cali Meet next :thumb

Looks great and I am sure it tastes lovely as well.
 
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I had another go today but this time decided to do a bloomer. Same recipe as before and same timings etc. we have just eaten half of this with some nice homemade Celery and Potato soup……… the bread was just a yummy as yesterday so I am happy that the basic method works. Oh we had some of yesterdays loaf as toast for brekkie…. even better!

I think the only downside is lack of colour and caramelisation of the crust but it’s still pretty damn good!

My next experiment will be with Wholemeal flour and a little rye for extra flavour :thumb :thumb

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I put the mug in the photo for scale. I realised that I had not stated the size of the loaf. It is small, only 200 grams of flour.
 
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OK Team, this will only be of interest to those that are interested (if that even makes sense haha)

I am deffo on a roll with this Slow Cooker bread caper! Today I have tried 100% Wholemeal flour (which is usually the most difficult to make at home). It’s only just come out of the cooker but it looks and feels great if I may say so.

Again only 200g of flour but with a slightly higher hydration of 75 %

Taste test once it’s cooled down :thumb

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Lovin the Bread Thread. Small daily loaves are the way to go. Clever bit is not eating it all in one go!
 
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Lovin the Bread Thread. Small daily loaves are the way to go. Clever bit is not eating it all in one go!
Haha that’s the problem! We’ve just tried the Wholemeal loaf and it’s excellent…… need to save some for toast in the morning :thumb
 
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OK Team, this will only be of interest to those that are interested (if that even makes sense haha)

I am deffo on a roll with this Slow Cooker bread caper! Today I have tried 100% Wholemeal flour (which is usually the most difficult to make at home). It’s only just come out of the cooker but it looks and feels great if I may say so.

Again only 200g of flour but with a slightly higher hydration of 75 %

Taste test once it’s cooled down :thumb

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Now that's what you call a proper one :thumb looks the part and I'm sure it tastes good too
 
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Haha that’s the problem! We’ve just tried the Wholemeal loaf and it’s excellent…… need to save some for toast in the morning :thumb
Nice looking bread, and I’d be lying if I hadn’t had the same thought about trying to bake while away. A couple of questions. Your test is in the kitchen at home I’m guessing. Would you prove the dough in the slow cooker or just in the ambient temperature when in the van? Also, a sow cooker is a bulky item for a van, do you normally take it and cook other meals in it ?
 
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Nice looking bread, and I’d be lying if I hadn’t had the same thought about trying to bake while away. A couple of questions. Your test is in the kitchen at home I’m guessing. Would you prove the dough in the slow cooker or just in the ambient temperature when in the van? Also, a sow cooker is a bulky item for a van, do you normally take it and cook other meals in it ?
Ah, I don’t even bother in the van…. Firstly we never use sites so therefore no mains power and secondly the van is to get away from all the stuff I can do at home :D
 
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Now that's what you call a proper one :thumb looks the part and I'm sure it tastes good too
Yes that one does look proper, the wholemeal doesn’t need to brown and actually it looks barely any different to one baked in a normal oven. This will be a ‘keeper’ although I think I might try playing with overnight prove (less yeast and in the fridge) so that we can have fresh bread for brekkie as it only takes 30 mins to preheat the slow cooker and one hour to bake….
 
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Wow! those look neat ... and I am sure taste as good. Mine never look that good (always all wonky), but taste good (at least to me ;) )

I make almond bread when travelling and have a Omnia stove top oven that I use. Comes out pretty good. Carry all the dry ingredients in small bags. mix in the wet ingredients just before baking (water, milk, eggs and oil) and viola, you have bread after about 45 mins. It is therapeutic.

The Omnia stays in the van.
Eggs.? Surely that’s Cake.
 
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I always prove my pizza dough over 24 hours in the fridge. “Cold fermented”. Never tried bread dough in the fridge.
 
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I always prove my pizza dough over 24 hours in the fridge. “Cold fermented”. Never tried bread dough in the fridge.
I prove my sourdough overnight in the fridge but that’s another story…….
 
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So are we using dried yeast or fresh?
 
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So are we using dried yeast or fresh?
No yeast in the sourdough, dried yeast in these loaves. I like fresh yeast but it’s not so easy to get now and tbh I can’t really tell any difference.
 
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No yeast in the sourdough, dried yeast in these loaves. I like fresh yeast but it’s not so easy to get now and tbh I can’t really tell any difference.
I get fresh yeast from which ever supermarket has a bakery. Just ask at the bread counter and they’ll give you a chunk for free…..usually.
 
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So a quick first attempt at slow cooked bread.
300g , 60% mix.
Pre heated as above, 1 hour cook. Flip it over and another 30mins.
Needs fine tuning but not bad.
This is the small SC we keep in the van.
:cheers

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