My first entry has to be about Bunnies.
I guess I could stop there, since one could say, why not bunnies?
As far as animals/themes go, bunnies seem to me like a great option. Especially since Easter is just around the corner.
Halloween used to be my favourite, until I grew up and realised life has enough horrors to have Halloween be my favourite holiday, so it quickly and swiftly got replaced with Christmas....Perhaps Easter will be next. In fact all holidays are fabulous. Fabulous because they bring people together. Fabulous because they are themed and fun, also any reason to celebrate is truly Russian and any excuse to drink is truly British....and Russian, which is basically me!
Easter to me is bunny full. Its also brimming with gorgeous treats, chocolate eggs and painted savory Russian eggs, both are amazing, then there is bread, sweet and sugary and crossed buns. Me being a bread lover but rare indulger of the ‘treat’, I decided to try out my bread capabilities.
The first being a brioche loaf (the friendlier and simpler brother of the brioche bun) the second being a Parmesan and olive loaf.
Bread always seemed like such a pain and hassle to make, but let me reassure you that it isn't. Its simple and rustic, unlike pastries which I presume are murder to create.
I do really recommend you try it, if just for the fresh bread smell that will engulf your house.
Plated Brioche Loaf
- 250g Strong White Flour
- 125ml Warm Milk
- 20g Butter
- 40g Sugar
- 14g Yeast
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1 Beaten Egg
- Stir the the yeast into the warm milk. I know yeast has the reputation of being a moody bitch but its really not that bad. Just make sure the milk isn't too hot or you'll kill the poor little buggers. Mix it in until it dissolves and let rest for 1 minute.
-Put the flour, salt, sugar, butter, and yeast liquid into a food processor with a dough blade and process for 1 minute. For all those none food processor owners, just mix in together with a wood spoon then kneed lightly with your paws.
- With floured hands transfer the dough ball into a floured bowl, cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Do not over kneed this dough, it doesn't like it. In this 30 minutes the yeast will react and create the fluffy dough.
-Divide the dough into three equal parts, roll the, into a sausage shape. Create a braid with them same way you would with your hair. Carefully place into loaf tin. Which is buttered and floured.
- Place into the oven on a very low almost none existent heat for 30 minutes. This will allow the dough to prove.
-Remove form the oven, turn the oven up to 180c (gas mark 4). Brush the brioche with a beaten egg then bake it for 20 minutes.
mmmmmm sweet smelling bready perfection!
Now if the Brioche is a dainty sweet French lady the other loaf is a rustic, manly, cheesy bread. All depends on what you prefer to honest. I prefer BOTH!
Parmesan and Olive Rustic Bread
- 14g Dry Yeast
- 1 Teaspoon Caster Sugar
- 1 Cup Milk Warmed
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 4 and a half Cups Plain Flour
- 1 Cup Pitted Black Olives
- 1 Cup of Shaved Parmesan
- Some Fresh Basil
- Combine the yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Add milk, oil and 1 cup of warm water. Add salt and half the flour (2 cups). Whisk to form a silky paste. Cover this and set aside for 30 minutes allowing it to come alive.
- Add remaining flour to mixture. Stir to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed the creature for 10 minutes! Make it elastic and smooth. Cover and set aside again for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven meanwhile to 180c. Lightly butter a baking tray. Then my favourite part! Remove the dough from the bowl and punch it. Square in the face. Take the basil, Parmesan and olives place into the fist punch mold and fold the over to engulf the ingredients.
- Place the bread on a greased tray, allow it to stand and think about its life for 20 minutes then bake for 40 minutes.
You are now the owner of two equally amazing breads.
The bunny theme continues because this same day I picked up my first car from the dealership which I named ‘Bunny Yuri’.
I am a late driver, by that I mean I started late. I was a Londoner most of my life where a car is not only unimportant but also a liability (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
Sydney soon changed that for me, here not having a car is like not having a brain. You cant function. A shame but its true. So I begrudgingly passed my licence and embarked on acquiring a car.
I wanted an Audi TT or something equally bad ass.
Dr.S (my fiance) remarked that my first car needs to be one I can wreck if I need to.
Point taken. I found Bunny Yuri on my first day of searching for a car. It was love at first sight, but I totally don't want to wreck him he's simply too cute. Hes named bunny Yuri because he is white and very cute. He is a Yaris so naturally for alliteration his name has to be Yuri!
I wore a totally white outfit to bring him home. Jeans and top from top shop.
Bunny on front. Wedges from Michael Kors. Gold double hoops from my last trip to London and Bracelet by Hermes.