Making Bread

How to make bread.

700 gms plain flour

a sprinkle of salt

a small scoop of dried yeast

700ml warm water

a big splash of olive oil

some pesto, pinenuts and cheese.


Mix it all up together with clean hands in a bowl and knead until a lovely, warm elastic dough is formed, then put it into a bin bag or cover with a damp cloth and let it rise.



Do some painting for a while then come back into the kitchen to discover the cat helping with the washing up.


Thanks Elmo.

When the dough has risen knead it a little more then roll out on a board.


Gather together all the jars of pesto that the young people living in your house have opened every time they were hungry and made themselves pasta with pesto, opening jar after jar. Spread this onto the dough.


Sprinkle with pinenuts.



Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.



Roll the dough up.



Cut the dough into wide pieces, then…..



……cut through the middle, almost to the bottom and ……



… open up the roll so that you can see the swirl of patterns.



Put them into the pan and leave to rise, covered again in a binbag or damp cloth and go for a walk on the beach.


Find the place where waves and time and rocks have rolled  and shaped  stone bowls.

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Watch the dogs stand in the light as if between heaven and earth. Get soaked as a fierce storm lashes in.

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Then home and turn on the oven to warm and  put the risen rolls into the oven at 190 degrees for 25 minutes.



Blog while the smell of bread cooking makes you realise that you forgot to have lunch and then take out the oven and put onto a cooling tray out of reach of dogs until cool ( after burning mouth on at least one, testing to see that it is cooked.)


Photograph at all stages and inbetween all of these things…..






Then take the bread to the laying up supper of the Porthgain rowing club that you have gatecrashed, and been allowed to do so because although you did not row this year, you are quite good at making bread.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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14 Responses to Making Bread

  1. That is a lovely looking loaf and one I can see us trying out. Is it baking week: my son had a homework project to research the life of an Anglo Saxon. We copied out a recipe for Spelt loaf and then made 2 for the class. It doesn’t look anywhere as nice as yours although it smells nice.

    Where as you have beach and cat as proving time, Matthew’s recipe called for
    “as long as it takes to play two games of Kings Men.” Lovely.

  2. Sue Cox says:

    Going to try this tomorrow Jackie. It looks wonderful. Oh, and by the way, you make smile Jackie Morris x

  3. I can smell it from here! I have been making bread lately, too. Instead of bought bread for lunch sandwiches.
    Sort of normal half wheat/half white but use either maple syrup for sugar. or Demerara sugar with a little glug of maple flavouring.
    Airing cupboards make wonderful proving sites.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  4. dinahmow says:

    Cats are so helpful, aren’t they! Long, long ago, Sammy Maine once thought my resting dough needed extra kneading…

  5. Ho ho Jackie Morris, sometimes you are just the best friend a blogger could ever have!

  6. Val says:

    I bet that smells and tastes delicious! We might have to substitute a brisk walk in the frosty forest in the method though :0)

  7. Jane Dorfman says:

    Bread looks wonderful, but oh–the beach! I can only imagine living within walking distance of that.–hart

  8. Jane Dorfman says:

    Another quick thought–your art is on the cover of the National Storytelling Network’s magazine.–hart

  9. Anita says:

    Yummmmm! Now I must bake bread also–You are contageous-(grin)-Anita.

  10. Denise Gary says:

    The painting is looking beautiful! So does the bread!

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