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I found this whilst looking through etsy, it’s the work of cambridge illustrator Heidi Burton


This was a total experiment but thought i’d give it a whirl anyway before a market today.. American Flag loaf made with Blueberry and Rasperry loaf 🙂 Thoughts? Do you like it?



More photos – before the baking… The finished loaf is coming up..

orange slice

this isn't the bread btw, just to show you what we're aiming for lol

So I finally got to work on the orange slice loaf – the kiwi loaf seemed to stir up quite a bit of interest and so I thought this might be a nice complimentary loaf – (and healthy too!)

I used a circle doodle to keep the shape in order and my doodle tin from the doodle bread kit – (have you got yours yet? lol).

The bread was made with standard white dough and some bread dough made with pure orange and mango juice, and a sprinkle of pure beetroot powder for colour – here’s the recipe –

For the white bread mix

315 g  or 1 and 1/3 cups or 11 ounces Strong Bread Flour

2.5 g or 1/2 teaspoon salt

2.5 g or 1/2 teaspoon sugar

5 g or 1 heaped teaspoon dried yeast

about 1 dessert spoon of vegetable oil, or a knob of butter

about 200ml of warm water

and for the orange juice dough –

90 g or (just under) 1/2 cup or 3 1/2 ounces Strong Bread Flour

pinch of Pure Beetroot Powder (which can be hard to find – instead a good dose of grated orange zest might work? not sure, i’ll think of an alternative..)

2.5 g or half teaspoon of dry yeast

pinch of salt

pinch of sugar

dribble of vegetable oil or a wee knob of butter

roughly 80ml of Orange Juice or Orange and Mango Juice

So, the first step is to mix your dry ingredients for the white dough, add the oil/butter and water, and mix together until you get the dough. Now turn out onto a floured surface and knead. Repeat this for the orange juice dough.

Chop about a third off the orange juice dough and set aside. Roll the rest of the orange juice dough into a really long sausage. Now take a rolling pin, and a lump of white dough (about as big as a golf ball) and roll it into a really long strip the same length as your OJ dough. Wrap the white dough around the OJ sausage. Chop the big sausage into 5,6 or 7 smaller equal sausages – about 10cm in length. Flatten the sausages at one end, so they look like orange segments –  and put them together in a circle with the flatter sides of the sausage pointing towards the centre. This makes one big sausage – the pictures hopefully illustrate this better and make sense. It should look like orange segments when you cut into an orange!

Now, take your last piece of OJ dough, and roll it out to cover your big orange segments – wrap it around the segments. Take your circle doodle that has been oiled, place it into the doodle tin and drop your big segment into the centre. Now put the rest of the white dough between the doodle and tin. Leave the whole thing to prove (double in size) and then take your doodle out using the squisher.

Bake in a hot oven for 25 – 35 minutes and let it cool before slicing… more photos of the finished loaf to come!

blog_120609_aI’ve been doing a bit of thinking about what to doodle bread next, and mocked up a sketch of some orange doodle bread that I think i’m gonna try. The chocolate sourdough loaf was devoured by others, but not me because it was just too rich, so now I’m gonna give orange doodle bread a go.. wish me luck 😀

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I share the sentiments of epicute – thank gingerbread it’s friday

I know how boring it can be to look at someones holiday snaps, but I thought I’d share a few that I took this morning; well, if i can’t be self indulgent here then where can I be?! It was ronan’s birthday yesterday, and I’m pretty snowed under, but we managed to get an evening in an old castle called the Ballygally hotel – we got there at about 4.30pm and left again at 8.00am the following morning, we couldn’t really afford to stay and pay for drinks in the hotel bar so we clanked a little when we walked in, with the receptionist eyeballing us a little bit – talk about a micro holiday, it was a break I can liken only to the getaways of ‘the simpsons’ character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – if you’re a simpsons fan, you’ll know what I mean – Anyway, I woke up freakishly early, just before 6am and went for a walk along Ballygalley Bay.


I always forget how beautiful the light is at that time; the lack of noise adds to the beauty, no cars, no people, only the waves crashing against the shore. I mean, I’m not going to lie,  I don’t love it enough to get up at 5.50am every morning, but i’m glad I did today..


And for any ghost hunters out there, see the picture below. Ballygally is famous for the ghost of lady Isobelle Shaw – if you see anything in the photo, let me know, I’m too scared to look, and I was a wee bit jumpy running along the corridors before I left this morning… (do I believe in ghosts? No. Am I scared of ghosts? Yes. Is this in any way rational?! Umm..)