Oh my word! I'm flushing like a hot flushing thing today, thank goodness it's not hot outside aswell, or I'd have nowhere to go to cool off!
Enough about that, The Evans Bakery is in full swing, (just incase you were interested...) the children love the bread, even the wholemeal! Trouble is, I'm not sure I can keep up with the demand. I had thought that two or three batch bakes a week would be enough. I seem, however, to have been batch baking everyday this week, so my batches are going to have to get BIGGER!
Yesterday, I made a large white and a bakers dozen of rolls, so basically twice the recipe I had been making. The loaf overflowed the tin on it's second proving, so had a bit of a trim and two more rolls were hastily made. A dozen of the rolls went into the freezer, so that's the children's packed lunches for school next week, (yes, next Tuesday, hurrah!) sorted. Three rolls were sampled by the adults and were deemed marvellous, (not just my opinion) and the loaf was decimated at breakfast, although, I did have two extra for breakfast. Children, that is. (Just you wait for the sleepovers to start. Just you wait!)
So, The Evans Bakery went into action again this morning, I now have one large and one small tin wholemeal loaf, both prooving and a bakers dozen of rolls aswell. I do wish I had never known about 'the bakers dozen', I can see it is going to become a headache for the obsessive side of me. It's a bakers tradition, but I feel compelled to comply. Bummocks!
So, as you see, it's a success. Now, I just have to get back into the habit of baking the homebaked snacks for school again. Do they have to take 'snack' in english schools? I don't remember it in my day, (where's my zimmer) apart from the milk, you know, warm in summer, frozen, literally, in the winter. Yum. Up here, the children are expected to take a snack, commonly known as a 'play piece' and I have found this really hard to come to terms with. My children have always been brought up on three square meals a day and no snacks, although, these days, they may have fruit in-between meals if they ask and I believe them to be truely hungry. I usually insist they have a drink of water first, to make sure it's not that they are just thirsty.
A 'piece on jam'? A jam sandwich to you and I. Just thought I'd throw that one in.
A large loaf, a small loaf and a bakers dozen.