Now for something completely different.
In a bid to show that the Hurtled to 60 blog is more than just about gardens, I accepted the offer from Jacqui Small Publishers/ Quarto Publishing Group UK to review a pre-release copy of ‘BREAD’ by the professional baker and pâtissier, Dean Brettschneider. Dean, amongst other things, is the founder of Baker & Cook, an artisan bakery chain and is a consultant for major supermarket chains in the uk, www.globalbaker.com.
Encouraged by programs such as The Great British Bake Off and the electric blue eyed, silver fox, masterbaker, Paul Hollywood, many are turning to, or thinking about, making our own bread. Some of us are lucky enough to have an artisan baker nearby, but in the main if we want a rustic, healthy, loaf we bake at home. There is nothing more evocative than the smell of home made bread.
Now look no further for an inspirational book.
This hardback book contains a collection of 60 recipes from all over the world, such as a delicious looking “Brie & Caramelised Garlic Pain Miche” with mouthwatering full page colour photographs.
With comprehensive step-by-step guides on making and baking breads, clearly written and accompanied by detailed photographs, even I believe I could make a decent loaf.
The chapters include recipes for Savoury Breads, Sourdoughs, Quick Breads & Scones. The Sweet Breads chapter has tantalising recipes for Blueberry & Cranberry Bagels, Chocolate Kugelhopf and a heavenly looking Tarte Tropezienne, made with a brioche base and filled with Creme Pâtissière. I am tempted by the Swedish Christmas Rye Crackers in the Festive Breads chapter.
When I Googled Dean Brettschneider, I saw that “Bread” was published in New Zealand on 24 July. It is due to be published in the UK on 16 October 2014. Win a pre-release copy before the 16 October by entering into the Book Give Away competition. You can do this by leaving a comment to say you wish to be entered into the draw. As usual this is open only to those with a UK address.
CLOSING DATE MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY 8 OCTOBER 2014
I will announce the winner on Thursday 9 October 2014. If you are unlucky in the draw or live abroad all is not lost. Jacqui Small Publishers have a reader’s offer: