It’s getting close to Easter, it’s times like this where we should think about others. Well, I could word that better, I am sure we often think of others, but the messages I hear are more prevailing this time of year. As we think about ourselves and the wealth of possessions we accumulate we should never forget to be humble.
There are definitely people who are more needy than ourselves, those people can often be closer to you than you think.
Think about in your own home town, your area, your street even. We have a food bank near us and despite living in a fairly affluent area the food bank is churning out more food parcels you can imagine. There are people who are living a normal life and through no fault of their own have been made redundant from their jobs. Maybe there are families who have lost a parent, or a child or cannot work and earn due to illness.
Whatever the scenario, just take a moment and think if there’s anything you can do to improve one person’s life even just for a few minutes. Donate an extra loaf of bread to a food bank, make someone a meal, walk their dog, even just say hello and smile at someone on the street.
On a slightly different note I made two loaves of French bread today. The French bread was so good the family devoured one loaf for lunch and went on to eat the second loaf at tea time. It gives me a small amount of satisfaction when they tell me that they didn’t have room for cake because they ate too much bread.
I have simply copied and pasted this recipe from another page on my site, it is so good it’s worth mentioning twice. Forgive me if you have read it already and saved it, you can just skip on by.
Ingredients to make two French loaves
6 scant cups of strong flour (I used 5 strong white, and one Cotswold Crunch bread flour)
2 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 sachet yeast
3/4 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Add the oil and mix that in too.
Either using dough hooks or by hand mix in the warm water and knead until smooth.
I found today that I needed a little extra water.
Once your dough is ready place it in an oiled bowl and leave it to rise, covered, for about an hour.
Once risen knock back and divide the dough into two. Shape the two pieces of dough into two loaf shapes and allow to rise once more for approximately an hour.
Meanwhile preheat your oven to 190C/275F.
Once the dough is ready after its second rise brush the loaves with some water and make some cuts along the top for decoration. Bake for around 30 to 35 minutes.
Once baked brush scantly with some melted butter and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Once cool you can slice up and enjoy these beautiful loaves.