A Beautiful Mess blog. It's basically a hood, with some plaited ties to keep it close to your face and nice and cosy, which indeed it was.
Speaking of cosy, look what I baked today:-
English Muffins of all things! I have never attempted these before, but they looked pretty easy in the new baking book I received for my birthday, and as son number one loves anything that can be toasted I gave them a whirl and they turned out a treat!
Here's the simple recipe for anyone who fancies giving them a go:-
450g / 1 lb white bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 sachet of dried yeast
250 ml /9 fl oz lukewarm water
125 ml/ 4 fl oz natural yogurt
40g/ 1.5 oz semolina (or polenta)
Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in bowl. Add water and yogurt and stir until dough begins to come together. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 mins until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a ball and cover with damp tea towel and leave to rise for 30 -40 mins. (OR YOU CAN CHEAT LIKE ME AND USE THE DOUGH SETTING ON YOUR BREAD MACHINE!)
Knead dough on a floured surface, then roll out until it is 2cm / 3/4 inch thick. Cut out rounds with a biscuit cutter and sprinkle each round with the semolina. Transfer rounds to a baking sheet, cover and leave for 30 mins.
heat a griddle or large frying pan over a medium heat - add muffins and cook for 7 -8 mins on each side until golden brown.
Delicious buttered hot straight from the pan, or toasted with scrambled eggs as we did for tea tonight.