Phew! 7 handmade loaves baked in the bakeoff!

Too tired to say much except thank you to Fergus Collins from BBC Countryfile magazine who hung out with me today and baked seven loaves of bread in the first annual TMCG bake off

It's rising - OMG!

Seven different loaves of bread made from seven different whole meal flours:  6 milled using either wind or water power from millers who are members of the Traditional Corn Millers’ Guild and one, for comparison purposes, bought from a supermarket and milled by one of the UK’s big millers. 

Just like a pround father

It was really interesting to work with seven different flours at once.  They looked, felt, smelled, mixed up, kneaded, felt, tasted, baked, looked, felt, smelled, and tasted unique:  from “green grass” to “hay” to “nothing” to “bitter” to “mold” to “vegetables” to many other appropriate and silly words (we did use wine to cleanse our pallets between bread rather than the other way around).

"It's amazing...7 loaves like 7 fingerprints. Unique to the farmer, the miller and the baker. Impossible to replicate"

It was amazing to both of us (and I am a baker) how different flour could look, feel, taste, and behave. 

 Next installment here.

7 thoughts on “Phew! 7 handmade loaves baked in the bakeoff!”

    1. thanks honey! it was not about winners and losers, it was about the experience. the only real loser was the supermarket bread. bland bread with no depth of flavour at all. the others were all excellent in their own way. more on that later!

  1. Elizabeth Sullivan

    Who got to do all the tasting? Would also be interested to know which ones held up well under jam, cheese, etc. Your flat must have smelled amazing for days!

    1. Ha! Fergus and I did all the tasting! You see some scored “two bites” and some scored “one bite” when they were naked. After we scored we ate the scraps with salami, cheese, and jam (and butter of course). The most bland was the supermarket flour so if you just wanted bread as a vehicle and did not want to taste the bread, that is the one to go for. All of the others contributed flavour and texture (some more, some less) so then it comes down to personal taste. We both ranked the Mt Pleasant Windmill as the number One (malty, nutty, earthy, complex flavour). I ranked the the Little Salkeld Windmill as Number two (light texture, lots of flakes as it is coarsely ground, and lovely texture and flavour). Some were bitter, some were sweet. It was way cool. You would have loved it!

  2. Wow what an amazing day! I would love to have been there, after the loaf you sent to me I am sure these were as gorgeous if not better! I can smell your kitchen just from the pictures!! Yummy c x

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