I love nothing better than a fresh home baked loaf but it takes time to make. You need a good three or four hours to do all the kneading and proving before you get a loaf on the table.
While I have successfully made homemade bread in the past it is hard work doing all that kneading. Last year I was lucky enough to win a breadmaker and I still use it regularly. I have not been that adventurous, usually just making a standard white loaf.
When I first got it I made cider apple bread which was really tasty. I decided it was time to try some of the other recipes and as I had a bottle of olive oil I decided to give ciabatta bread a try. Ciabatta bread is an Italian white bread and my husband loves it. I knew he would be happy if I made him a loaf of ciabatta bread.
I added all this to the bread pan and let the machine get on with it. I was really pleased with the result. It did not have the holes I would expect from ciabatta bread but it was really tasty.
Have you noticed the change in weather recently? While it is still quite mild is has been really wet, windy and generally miserable. We even had snow the other day. It did not settle but it did its best, coming down in wet sleety flurries and making the garden look white for a while. The dog was most confused when he went out for his walk; I think he wondered what the white stuff was. I shouldn’t be surprised at this as it is December and we have really been lucky that the weather has been so mild this year.
On days like this soup is exactly what you need. It warms you up and makes you feel that you are cosy despite the weather. New Covent Garden Soup has a new soup of the month, White Christmas Soup, and they had sent me some to try. It is a blend of cauliflower, potato and single cream finished off with aromatic truffle infused oil, white wine and a hint of white pepper. It has a lovely smooth creamy taste which was perfect for a cold winter day. The New Covent Garden White Christmas Soup would make a lovely starter for a Christmas Eve meal. You will find White Christmas soup in most supermarkets RRP £2.20. It is suitable for vegetarians. It may even start you singing “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”
The soup was the perfect accompaniment for my ciabatta bread. Neither of them lasted very long. Both the bread and the soup were devoured contentedly which is always a good sign. I shall definitely be making the bread again soon.
If you are looking for other soup ideas I recently made carrot and fennel soup which was another delicious soup perfect for the winter.
I also recently made butternut squash and ginger soup which is perfect for helping to fight off those winter colds.
I was sent some vouchers to buy the Covent Garden soup in return for an honest review.