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Bake Off Bake Along : Week 3 (Bread Week)

Bread Week is always my most dreaded week. It’s usually due to the fact that our flat is abnormally cold and drafty (even in the summer) and I can’t ever get bread to rise. I’ve learned some tips and tricks to combat that and it’s worked fairly well recently, but I have to say: this is probably my best bread week bake yet! 

Last year I made a tasty but ugly baguette and before that a ciabatta. I’m thrilled that Val is still in the mix: I think without her personality this year the show would be sorely lacking. Someone on twitter mentioned that Val is like an aged Luna Lovegood, and I totally agree. 

I suppose it’s okay to say that I loved my bake this week? It was definitely one of the best breads I’ve ever made and some of the most enjoyable I’ve ever eaten. (Modesty, be damned!)  I didn’t even toast it or eat it delicately. Sam and I didn’t snack on it, we didn’t eat it as a side. No. We scoffed it fresh from the oven with a thick layer of butter and a light sprinkling of sea salt on every slice and it was divine. I’m in a carb slump but it was worth it!  feature-bread-photo

Rosemary Plaited Loaf
2119 calories
376 g
0 g
37 g
64 g
6 g
856 g
2389 g
6 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2119
Calories from Fat 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 2389mg
Total Carbohydrates 376g
Dietary Fiber 18g
Sugars 6g
Protein 64g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 500 g of strong bread flour
  2. 1 teaspoon of sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon of salt
  4. 2 teaspoons of fast acting yeast
  5. 3 tablespoons of rosemary
  6. 300 mL of water
  7. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  1. In a large bowl, add in the yeast, flour, salt and sugar. Make sure that you put the salt and yeast on opposite sides of the bowl. (Salt kills yeast.) Slowly add in the water and olive oil and mix until the dough comes together. Add tiny splashes of water if you need a bit more moisture to bring your dough together.
  2. Turn your dough out onto a lightly oiled surface and knead until your dough passes the "window" test. (You can see through a stretched piece of unbroken dough.) That means your gluten is throughly activated.
  3. Return your dough to the bowl and cover it with cling film. Place it somewhere warm to rise.
  4. Once it's doubled in size, tip it out and knock it back. Split the dough into three equal sections and roll it out into long snake pieces of dough. (Like you would make a playdoh snake as a kid). Braid your dough and tuck the ends underneath. Place your dough on a tray, cover it with a tea towel and put it back to rise for another hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Bake for approximately 40 minutes until your bread is golden, and when you tap on the bottom of the bread it sounds hollow.
  1. Because our flat is so cold, I run the shower on hot for 2 minutes with the door closed. Turn the shower off, and use the warm room as the place to put your dough to rise.
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pouring-olive-oilkneading-loafpunching-my-doughzero-risefirst-risefirst-proofdivided-in-threebraiding-loafegg-wash I gave my bake an egg wash just to add in some more colour, but that’s not a necessary step for delicious rosemary bread. tapping-bread Tapping the base and looking for that hollow sound. yes-breadrosemary-loafbread-weekbread-loafeating-breadmary-judginginside-of-rosemary-breadrosemary-breadpresentation-of-star-bakerlistening-to-bread My bread is saying “Eat me!” star-baker What’s your favourite bread to bake? Let me know in the comments! 

This week I have the absolutely pleasure of announcing our Week BakeOffBakeAlong winner and it’s Helena! Follow her on instagram to see more of her glorious creations! Just take a look at her gingerbread cookie; it’s incredible! She modelled it on a Balinese mask that she brought back from her honeymoon last year. 


And now you have the chance to be our bread week winner!  Link up your bready bakes below: 

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  • That gingerbread mask is AMAZING!! Helena has talent!

    Your bread looks yummy πŸ™‚

  • Your bread looks delicious, and I’m very impressed with your plaiting skills! xxx

  • I’m just imagining how fantastic this must have smelled! devouring with butter and salt = totally acceptable.

  • Wow you are a bread genius! This looks incredible. And so does that mask, too. I will try and join in next week! πŸ™‚ xx

  • What about rising your bread in the oven? We didn’t have any warm places in our house, so I popped the over on around 30’C and put it in there for an hour or so. Just an idea πŸ™‚

    • If we had a more reliable oven I totally would! Ours runs hot, and since yeast can start to die around 40-50 I don’t trust ours enough. I run the shower on hot for 2 minutes with the door closed. Then turn the shower off, and use the warm room as the place to put the dough to rise, which is an absolutely ridiculous way to bake bread! *shame faced* πŸ˜‰ x

  • that’s seriously good looking bread:) the gingerbread mask, wow!

  • Your bread came out beautifully! That gingerbread cookie deserves applause. Looks like it took a lot of patience. Go Helena!

  • And now I’m craving still warm bread slathered in butter and salt. Mary looks like she’s about to completely face plant the loaf, always a good good sign.
    SO glad Helena’s ridiculously awesome balinese mask won, how brilliant was that? Totes reaffirming my decision to duck out of biscuit week. I’ll be back with two (yes TWO) breads this week though! Yay.
    M x

    • Two breads is crazy! But bread is delicious, so I totally appreciate that!

      Helena’s mask was insanely beautiful. The second Ala and I saw it, we totally knew it had to win! x

  • Definitely worthy of star baker! looks delish, and I love rosemary in bread – I did garlic and rosemary for one of my breads and it is super duper tasty. I also love love love butter and salt on warm from the oven bread! Alice xxx

    • Extra butter and salt makes everything tasty, but there are few things better than warm bread. (I could never have a card free / gluten free life.) Your bread was awesome looking! x

  • Dan and I totally eat an entire loaf of bread for dinner on rare occasions. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy it while it’s hot from the oven!

  • That gingerbread cookie is amazing! And yummy, fresh bread with butter and sea salt, sounds delicious!

  • Ohh totally star baker!!

  • Bread is so tricky but looks like you nailed it!

  • Definitely star baker material! It looks delicious and so soft and squidgy! You can’t get better than butter on warm fresh bread. Love the tip about the shower, will be trying that out as our house is exactly the same – no warm spots! x

    • I always feel so embarrassed when I admit that trick to people because I don’t want them to think my bread is unsanitary (It’s firmly wrapped in clingfilm) but it’s the only way I can get bread to rise at ours. I hope it helps you to! x

  • Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cooked bread, I know I do, bread isn’t something I have ever tried to make

  • This is so lovely! Fingers crossed it cools off enough soon so that I can turn on the oven. I miss baking bread!

    • Oh man, I remember muggy Indiana summer’s so I totally understand why you’d have an oven moratorium in the summer!

  • I just made some rosemary bread, but yours is SO much prettier than mine! You’re star baker material in my book!

    • With bread, taste is the only thing that really matters though, right?! (And thank you so much! ) x

  • An aged luna lovegood – so true!! And your bread looks wonderful and so moist! I can understand having devoured it so quickly πŸ™‚

    • And she survived to see yet another week! Wouldn’t it be crazy if Val was the dark horse that wins in the end?! x

  • I can honestly barely plait my own hair so I knew I had to stick to something a little bit more simple.. Eek! x

  • Shoot, I’m late!! Here’s my post anyway: I love making bread and I can’t wait to try your gorgeous rosemary loaf!!!

    • Thanks for dropping off your link! I just had a look and it’s a chocolatey dream! I’d love to try some! xx

      • Thanks!! It was really delicious and I’m quite impressed and a bit surprised ;).