What awful weather we have today, rain! It’s always raining here, roll on the springtime and we can get outside properly and get an airing. Today was another trip to Belfast, from where live if there’s no traffic it’s about 40 minutes drive. Other half had a hospital appointment to see about an issue he has with his hip, the doctor took him early and we were done before his appointment time which was good. We managed the round trip and his appointment is 2 hours 15 minutes and we were back in time to drop the children off to comic art club.
While the children were in comic art club I managed to squeeze in a traditional bake from the south of England. I made some tasty rolls called Kentish Huffkins, they turned out really nice but I can imagine they are best eaten the day they are made. They were traditionally made by Kentish maids, they are oval flat loaves and have an indentation in the centre. These rolls were served buttered and the indentation, which was made from the thumb of the baker, would be filled with hot cherries. Nowadays Kentish Huffkins are more likely to be eaten with bacon than cherries but still a delight to eat.
Oh, I have discovered Walter my cat likes chocolate. And before the animals don’t eat chocolate people message me, I know chocolate is bad for animals. I had left broken a chocolate bar up and had left two squares sitting on my bedside table while I walked down the hallway to give other half a couple of squares. In the minute it took me to do that I came back and found my bedside table rearranged and the chocolate with a lick indentation out of it and Walter sitting on my bed licking his lips. Oops! He is okay thankfully, it wasn’t good chocolate so high fat content and low actual cocoa content so unlikely to harm him, however I live and learn now … my chocolate is safe from no one.
Recipe – makes 8-10 depending on how big you want them
150ml (5/8 cup) warm water
125ml (1/2 cup) semi skimmed milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
150g (1 cup) plain flour
300g (2cups) bread flour
1 sachet dried yeast
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Using your dough hook or by hand mix in the liquid.
Knead until the mix forms a smooth soft dough.
Leave the dough in an oiled bowl for an hour till risen.
Tip the dough onto a floured surface and diving into 8-10 pieces.
Shape each piece of dough into a ball and push down gently onto a non stick baking sheet.
Place the dough balls a little apart and leave to rise covered with a tea towel for around an hour.
Preheat your oven to 220C/425F
Immediately before baking push your thumb down into the middle of the dough to give the Huffkins their characteristic shape.
Bake for 15 minutes until they are a golden brown colour.
Cool the Huffkins on a wire rack.
I also baked a small no knead artisan loaf to go with our lunch too. It turned out so good the loaf was gone in one sitting. You can tell the people in our house are foodies.