Cheese, Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomato Sourdough – A delicious cheesy sourdough bread with the added warmth of aromatic fennel seeds and juicy sun-dried tomatoes. Makes the most amazing toast as well as “soup dunking” bread.
Makes fabulous “Soup Dunking” Bread and Toast
In the midst of New Year dieting, today I am sharing a new bread recipe for Cheese, Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomato Sourdough. As I’ve said in my previous healthy recipe posts, it’s all about everything in moderation, and I hate the expression “forbidden food”. I think it is counterproductive when watching what you eat, and the rebel in me just, well, rebels! So, I am delighted to share a new recipe for sourdough today, and especially as it is absolutely divine and will become a family favourite in no time, based on reviews from “him outdoors” who is my best (or worst!) critic.
I love baking, I find it very cathartic and I’m sure that baking is in my DNA, as both my mother and her mother, my maternal grandma, were excellent bakers. I remember my grandmother’s tea time table, it was always filled with delicious home-made and home-baked treats…..from baked ham, freshly boiled farm eggs and thick slices of home-made bread to fruit studded cakes, crisp spiced biscuits and freshly made scones, nobody left the table empty. And, my mother followed in her culinary footsteps, and was known for her generosity when it came to her fabulous baking that graced the tea time table.
Although they were not sourdough bread bakers, they were very competant at all types of yeast baking and my mother’s Scottish Morning Rolls (Baps) were legendary. I like to think I have carried on with the baking tradition, as well as adding a few new strings to my baking bow too, of which baking with wild yeast and sourdough is one. I have a very active and robust sourdough starter whom I’ve named Sally, and even after a few weeks slumbering, she is still brilliant when it comes to making my daily bread, although I sometimes need to feed her up a couple of times to get her dancing again! And, JUST LOOK AT THE CRUMB in my bread, it’s perfect.
As well as making the most divine toast, that absolutely needs to be dripping in butter, today’s recipe for Cheese, Fennel and Sun-Dried Tomato Sourdough is also great by itself when served with salad. It’s also a pretty fabulous vehicle for fat sandwiches, and is the ultimate soup and stew dunker. I’m also thinking of making some quick pizzas with it, just adding some fresh sliced tomatoes, olives and maybe a bit of sliced ham, I think that will a pretty impressive supper dish when served with a side salad. My NEW recipe is shared below, and don’t forget as my grandmother used to say, “a little of what you fancy, does you good”, and yes, I am STILL on my diet! Karen
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