A Short and Sweet Post

Cheese BreadRegular readers will know that I am a bit of a Dan Lepard fan and am slowly baking my way through his Guardian recipes. However I didn’t have any of his recipe books…..until now.

It started with the news that the Kindle edition of Short and Sweet is now only £3.99. Now I love my Kindle but I don’t really think it works for recipe books but I thought I’d download a sample chapter to see what was in it. As I had the link on my phone I ended up downloading it to my Kindle app. I was expecting a lot of dry text but instead what I got were glossy colour photos and links in the recipes that took you straight to the relevant techniques at the beginning of the book. I could have it on my ipad and not only would it be flour resistant, LSH would never know that I’d bought “yet another” recipe book (he is of the opinion that you can have too many recipe books….)

So download it I did. First recipe was the Easy White Loaf. In the intro Dan Lepard says that you can add up to 200g of cheese to this. So I chopped up the last of a pack of cheddar (about 150g worth) and coated it in generous amounts of paprika and chilli powder. When the loaf had finished its first rise I patted it out into a rectangle, covered it with the cheese mix and rolled up like a Swiss roll.

It looked good with a heavy swirl of cheesiness looping through it. Unfortunately it also “swirled” out of it gluing the bread firmly to the baking tray so it became a 2 man operation to prise it free (note to self – put on baking paper next time). It was worth it though and went down well with LSH – too well in fact. I left pretty much a full loaf when I went to the hairdressers. When I got back this is how much was left.

Bread - the remainders

Guess I’ll have to make it again…..

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8 thoughts on “A Short and Sweet Post

  1. How is a lady supposed to share recipe books if you’re downloading them to your Kindle? Mind you, my favourite recipe books don’t leave my kitchen. I use then too much! Do you have a favourite recipe book for bread?

    • It goes in phases. At the moment it’s Short and Sweet but before that it was Bread Matters. I’ve got a soft spot for Richard Bertinet’s Dough (with a bread making DVD!) and the River Cottage book is a good one for techniques as well. If you ask me next month it will no doubt have changed again!

  2. I think Dan’s book is a complete bargain at that price – I have both hardback and kindle copies. Your loaf looks utterly delicious and as I haven’t had breakfast, let alone elevensies you have made me feel very hungry just looking at it 🙂

    • That’s the problem with blogs – I find myself staring at photos of delicious food when I’m a long way from mealtime! I was impressed with the kindle version. The only problem is I can now read about bread when I’m stuck on trains, buses etc which just makes me hungry…:-(

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