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Most weekends I bake a loaf of bread. I’m a creature of habit though and always make the same super simple white loaf – it’s one where you mix everything together in a bowl (no kneading required!) and leave for up to 24 hours before shaping and baking. It’s quite a dense loaf but I think it’s perfect freshly baked in the morning and then toasted with scrambled egg on top. I do like trying new breads but often look for reason to try one so I was slightly disappointed with the technical challenge from bread week. However, last week (botanical week), gave us another bread to try and it sounded really good. Click here to keep reading.

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Time for another technical challenge! A slightly unusual one this week, like all the other contestants I hadn’t heard of dampfnudeln either. I love making bread, but I don’t really do it very often as my hubby can’t really eat gluten. Mary Berry said these are a bit like iced buns, so I thought they would probably still be suitable for me to take to the baby group on Thursday morning and rather than making the plum puree and vanilla sauce, I thought I would just put some icing on top instead and hope that the Mums and Dads at the group aren’t too disappointed that they haven’t got any cakes or biscuits this week. Click here to see how I got on.

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I was intrigued about this weeks technical challenge. It didn’t seem to bear any resemblance to anything I’d made in the past. It certainly wasn’t like any pastry recipes I’d tried. I can see why the bakers got confused – it felt like it belonged in bread week rather than pastry week! What to know what a flaouna is?

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P1200517I bake quite a lot of gluten-free cakes for my running club as there are several people that follow a gluten-free diet, so I was interested to see what this week challenge would be. When I saw that it was bread, all I could think about were the horrible gluten-free flat breads I had tried to make a few years ago, which were like cardboard! I didn’t think I would ever be making gluten-free bread again… Click here to see how I got on this time round.

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P1200438On the Great British Bake Off last week, it was bread week. The technical challenge was to make 4 baguettes. I do bake my own bread, but not as often as I would like to and I usually end up making a white, wholemeal or granary loaf for the weekend and to put in the freezer. I bought Paul Hollywoods book ‘How to Bake’ a few months ago and I have made a few things from it, with varying success! So my bread making experience is fairly limited. But I love a challenge and really enjoy trying out new things, so click here to find out how I got on.

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P1170242AIf you follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter you’ll probably have seen some baking over the last 12 months that hasn’t made it onto the blog. Sometimes we spend so much time baking that it’s hard to find the time to blog about our creations, especially since we also work. So here is a collection of things we made in 2014 that you might not have seen yet.

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