Perfect for Christmas Sandwiches:
Garlic and Shallot Country Style Bread
Today is the last Sunday in Advent, which means that Christmas day is very close……I’ve been cleaning, polishing, decorating, making beds, setting tables, writing cards, baking and cooking, with many of my bakes and meals making their way into the freezer. And, with not enough hours in the day to finish my chores, the fabulous Panasonic bread maker that I was sent a few weeks ago, has been an invaluable workhorse in the kitchen. It quietly mixes, kneads, proves and bakes amazing loaves of bread in the background whilst I get on with other things, and today’s recipe for Garlic and Shallot Country Style Bread is my latest recipe creation, which is more than good enough to share with all my readers.
As I said in my last bread recipe post, From The Lavender and Lovage Bakery: Country Style Walnut Bread Rolls, I actually love making bread by hand, and when time permits, that’s what I do several times a week; but, with time at a premium now, there’s nothing wrong with using a breadmaker from start to finish, and with my new kitchen toy, the Panasonic Break Maker (Model SD-ZB2502), bread never tasted so good from a breadmaker. The programmes are easy to follow, as well as being very helpfully printed in the upper lid of the machine, so no need to keep referring back the manual. It’s easy to programme, with buttons for size and crust colour, and in this age of complicated LED operations, it’s nice to see a “start” and “finish” button!
Today’s recipe for my Allium loaded bread loaf is just fabulous – it’s rustic and loaded with wonderful flavours, as well as having a crunchy, golden crust……we enjoyed a slice or two when it was warm with butter, pickled onions, chutney and extra mature Cheddar cheese – a sort of impromptu Ploughman’s Lunch. The day after I baked it, it made the most amazing toast, and later on, it was the perfect vehicle for a proper Welsh Rarebit for tea. I used garlic granules and dried shallots for the flavourings, which worked like a dream in this recipe. The dried shallots “swell” once they come into contact with the liquids and rehydrate, studding the loaf with delectable little morsels of flavour capsules. Apart from the enticing aroma as it bakes, the taste is just sublime and I shall be baking this bread again, many times.
I hope you are all enjoying your Advent Sunday, and I hope for those of you with breadmakers, this recipe has inspired you enough to make it – do let me know if you do. That’s all for today, I’ll see you next week with some reviews and more recipes, as well as a couple of new giveaways, Karen
Disclaimer: I received a Panasonic SD-ZB2502XBC Breadmaker RRP: £139:99 for review; all opinions and views are my own and I was not asked to share them here, but I chose to do so as I was impressed with the appliance and it’s performance.