After my rather successful attempt (if I do say so myself) of the 8 plaited loaf, I decided to go back to basics and try a white tin loaf. This time I had my scales so could measure the tiny amounts accurately - I thought! - somehow the salt I was using was very light and I ended up putting in a huge amount. I did question this at the time, but thought, no follow the recipe and believe your scales. Big mistake - my sandwiches today were rather salty.
Then I had issues with the dough taking ages to rise - even with putting it a warm airing cupboard. In the end I left it on top of the oven which was heating up to cook it! After a bit of googling today I found this fab site that suggested that I hadn't kneaded my dough for long enough and therefore there wasn't enough gluten in the dough. I am going to have to invest in a stronger pair of arms!
|First attempt at the White Tin Loaf|
|Second attempt at the White Tin Loaf!|
Thankfully the Carrot and Walnut cupcakes that I made were delicious. They were adapted from Rachel Allen's 'Bake' - well I say adapted, they were supposed to be a tray bake and I put them in muffin cases. The cream cheese frosting is amazing, really light. I shall be putting these on the make again list and I personally count them as one of my five a day - I grated a huge pile of carrots for these cakes, something my guinea-pig was not impressed to find they were not for him!