i love fairy bread!!

No, I don’t as the taste is horrid but Fairy bread for most people brings back memories and even though now days the lunchbox nazi’s have banned fairy bread in all forms, there are still many die-hard fans! If only for memories………My sons love it and even though they are nearly all teenagers now (and they would never ask for it), they still love Fairy bread and so I thought today is a fairy bread day especially as soon they may be too old for Fairy bread 😦 For a while at least .

As a special treat, I have done two types of fairy bread,  rainbow (traditional) and Chocolate hail version.

Ahhhhh Fairy bread

So here is my recipe for Fairy bread..Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy.

Michelle’s Marvellous Fairy Bread.

Serves 2 hungry boys

  • 4 pieces of white bread. It needs to be the LEAST nutritious you can. Don’t even think of making this with nice bread ok? I had visions of a homemade ciabatta (I am sure Italian children would use ciabatta for Fairy bread) or a crusty french loaf. NOPE!!
  • Chocolate Hail, 100’s and 1000’s or Rainbow hail.
  • Butter for Spreading

Remember highly processed!! Plain white bread

White plain bread!! REMEMBER not nutritious highly processed is essential!!

Method:

  • Spread butter on bread. This has to be thick, ok? Don’t do a woman spread, it has to be a man/ boy spread!! People with son’s or who have watched brothers/husbands/partners etc spread butter know what i mean!! If you look at it and feel yourself recoil, revolted at the amount of butter, then that IS the amount you need!!
  • And don’t do the butter to the edge either, Boys do not like that. If you have girls, yes, you can 🙂
  • Sprinkle, and once again, don’t be light handed here, the more the better. Yes, I know, yuck but they like it!! I admit, i have been a little miserly in the above photos but HOPEFULLY they will be starving and the fairy bread will be approved 🙂
  • Cut into triangles, it can’t be rectangles, no, no, no, no…. TRIANGLES.

  • Don’t be stingy with the hail or toppings!!

    Arranged all lovely…

    You can amuse yourself as i do and arrange it nicely on the plate.But remember boys do not see this either, only quantity!!

    Argh Fairy bread…and remember Cheerios? Are we allowed them anymore? In fact I swear I have a bread recipe with them in it………..pigs in muck or something. I must find it….

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy …..

Bready for Challah?

Brrrr Cold today, so some nice fresh, hot Challah will be a treat!!

This Challah, is the result of trial and error over time of 3-4 recipes that i tried, pulled apart and added things in my quest to recreate the Challah from Sasha Finkelstzyn in Rue de Rosiers, Paris. All I can say, is that nothing else tastes like it (Sasha’s Challah, not mine, i wish!!) and I need to use way way more butter as its bready but very buttery but not like a pastry or sickly buttery. Hmm, more work is needed. In saying that however, the quest will continue BUt this Challah here is still pretty good, if i do say so myself:)

Ingredients CHECK!!

Michelle’s yeasty beasty Challah:

  • 6 eggs + 1 for egg wash
  • 150g butter or Dairy free margarine
  • 20g yeast
  • 5 cups of flour , Strong bread flour is best
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup milk warmed
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Olive oil
The dough ready to rise!!

Method:

  • Dissolve 1 tbsp sugar in warm milk and stir in yeast.
  • Cover with gladwrap and leave in warm place until creamy and frothy.
  • Place flour and salt in bowl and mix well.
  • Rub in butter
  • Add in sugar and raisins.
  • Remove creamy yeast from warm place and add in the 6 eggs beaten and oil to yeasty mix.
  • Add Yeasty eggy oil mix to dry to form a dough
  • Turn out on floured area and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elasticy

All ready for punching down!!

  • Place in lightly oiled bowl and cover, leave in warm place for 90 minutes.
  • Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Remove from warm place and turn out on floured area.
  • Knock pout excess air and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Shape into the shape you want.
  • Traditionally this is braided but it can be oval, rectangle anything you like.
  • Braiding is VERY VERY easy even an unco like me can do it:)
4 braid

4 braid ?

Perhaps a 6 braid?

4 braid all ready for proving!!

You wouldn’t think i had 3 sons with this braiding!!

  • Place braided or shaped loaves, covered in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Be careful not to over prove as i did on the 4 braided one (see below)
  • Over proving meant when baking, the braids would not look separate as i wanted.
  • Pre heat oven 15 minutes before ready to 210 Celsius
  • Remove loaves from warm place and brush with egg wash.
  • Place in over for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool (if you can wait that long)
  • Perfect- not overproved!!

     

    See, over proving!!
    Its ok, and tastes good but the braids are not easily seen.

     

    Just great!! Very nice and tastes……divine!!

    Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy!!

    You can omit the raisins and all the sugar bar a small amount for the yeast and make this a savoury or plain bread.You can also sprinkle it with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, I have also seen a poppy-seed mix inside the Challah too. You could change the raisins and add other fruits and spices as well.

    Many  variations and many happy hours of trialling these methods are to be had 🙂

Feeling Spicey today?

Spices…………..

Check out the updated spices and essences page.

My favourite things………. and one of my favourite spice books, a fiction one nonetheless……….

“Mistress of the spices’.

I believe they make a movie of it…………but the book was great.

Magical mystical and medicinal spices: 🙂 and the aroma………….

Spice shop in Jordan. Heaven, imagine it!!