Bread making Recipes, Milk Loaf, Fruit Malt loaf, Home Made, Artisan Recipe.
A special Treat
I remember buying milk loaf as a school kid, we used to pull out all the soft delicious bread and them fill the crust with chips [French fries] it tasted fantastic.
It was also one of my grandma’s specialities, a true home made, artisan bread. So when Fabio came over for our cook-night last week I found this recipe in grandma’s cookbook for something to make.
I like to rinse my metal mixing bowl with quite hot water before I start; this makes sure that everything stays warm.
Here is what you need.
Slightly over ¼ pint fresh milk [ lukewarm]
1 medium egg
1 level teaspoon sugar
500gm bread flour. If you can get some French or Italian ‘00’ flour
1oz fresh yeast or 1 sachet Instant yeast
2oz butter (unsalted)
I also have a metal milk loaf tin which gives it that unique shape, it’s not necessary however for a great result.
A healthy bubbling starter
Making the dough
Milk Loaf Tin
Sift your flour for better results
Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter, add the beaten egg and then mix with the spongy mix. Once all the flour is mixed in, add the salt. Now turn onto a board and knead, or put it in the mixer and use your dough hook to do the work.
Form the gluton
Once you have a really stretchy dough cover with a damp tea towel and leave for about twenty minutes or until it has risen to double size. Turn it out and knead lightly, now place in your loaf tin. Word of warning if you are using a proper milk loaf tin make sure the little gas escape hole doesn’t get blocked or it will pressurise.
Put it in the oven at gm5 375ºf for about thirty minutes, watch for it colouring unless you are using the tin and then it is a bit of a guess.
Cool on a wire tray, and then eat with thick butter and nothing else…gorgeous. the texture is so soft and fluffy. this loaf is so good you will need to make two to cope with the demand.
a dark combination of sweet and sour that is pure indulgance and comfort food at its best.
How to make Malt Loaf
I buy my flour on line these days, because there are several English millers who make a fantastic collection of flour. I’d certainly never buy it from a supermarket, you might as well just buy their tasteless loaves.
So if you can get some real malt flour so much the better, but don’t worry if not because you can always add malt extract and black treacle to get the colour.
Ingredients for Malt loaf
Here is what you need.
500 gms of Shipton’s malt flour or white flour
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp of salt
400 ml of warm water
2 tbls of malt extract
2 tbls of black treacle. [if you are using white flour]
½ cup of mixed fruit. [I added walnuts, sultanas, and dates. Just because I like them]
We are going to make a real sticky batter type mix which won’t need any kneading.
Pre warm your mixing bowl with hot water. Add flour, sugar, and yeast, stir them together add 200ml of warm water. Just let it soak and rest. No rest for you however, because you need to place the rest of the water, the butter, malt extract, treacle and salt; just a gentle warm so that the malt and treacle are runny.
When the yeast mix has filled with bubbles and looks a bit like a sponge add your mixed fruit and the other ingredients. It will be more like a cake mix but that’s okay. Now mix for ten minutes, you should see strands of glutton begin to form.
Leave it in a warm place to rise, 30 minutes should do. Now pour it into two greased bread tins and leave again for ten minutes.
Pre heat your oven to gm6 400f and bake for 30 -35 minutes, as soon as cooked turn it out onto a wire tray and let it cool.
Thick butter is all you need for this little gem, tasty, comforting and satisfying, baking at its best.
Romance and Adventure
Young Ben Stone is fleeing for his life over the bleak Yorkshire Moors. From being a child, he has been besotted by the local landowner’s daughter Ruth, but after her wicked brother is accidentally killed, Ben fears that he will be blamed. Ruth convinces him he should go on the run; otherwise, her father who is also the local magistrate will probably have him hanged for murder.
Trying to keep out of the way of the law, he runs into a wandering band of thieves. They take him as a prisoner and he is forced to endure a desperate winter in their secret lair. When he does escape their clutches, his fortune changes, and he is taken in by a friendly parson. The parson runs a small orphanage in Cartmel, where Ben recovers his health and spirits.
A brief spell working at a chandler’s shop in Barrow in Furness is rudely interrupted when Ben is pressed into the navy. The year is 1801 and the Royal Navy is desperate for men.
Despite this poor start, Ben takes to life in the navy, and quickly gains promotion. He is set for a promising career, when his past returns to haunt him, in the person of Ruth the landowner’s daughter, who has been married off to the new Governor of Jamaica and needs transporting out to the Caribbean on Ben’s ship. During the voyage, Ruth takes the opportunity to revive Ben’s feelings for her.
When he returns to England, he is confronted by his past and has to face a court-martial over the death of Ruth’s brother. Can he clear his name? What part will Lady Ruth play in his future? Ben is in for many varied adventures before his life is settled.