VegBox Recipes

Bread

Bread OK yes we know it's not a fruit or vegetable, but there's something about the "traditionalism" of making your own bread now and again that sits right along side seasonal eating. Plus of course, you can always add grated fruit and veggies to bread recipes to make them even more delicious.

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Writing this at the end of October, we thought a feature on bread was long overdue as we approach the end of British Summer Time and the idea of baking loaves in the oven ready for soup dunking becomes even more appealing.

We've also noticed, at least locally, that houses seem to be selling again, and we ALL know that the smell of bread baking helps give prospective buyers that warm, homely feeling when they're looking around your house.

If you need other great reasons to bake your own, check out Tracey's article from earlier in the year 5 Great Reasons to Bake Your Own Bread.

Did You Know?

The British Museum has in its collection a loaf of bread that is 4000 years old, from an Egyptian pyramid!

In the Neolithic era, bread was an unleavened paste of crushed cereal grains with water, cooked over a fire.

Bakers of the Bakers Guild in Rome were forbidden from mixing with "comedians and gladiators" in order to avoid being drawn into a life of vice. Sounds like VERY sound advice to us!

Graham's Rhubarb Pudding
Looking around for different ways to cook rhubarb as we have a lot of rhubarb in the garden,
Ingredients

Method
  1. Wash rhubarb, cut into 3cm / 1" lengths and place in a flan dish covering the base.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the beaten egg.
  3. Mix in the flour and milk, lightly beat then spread over the rhubarb.
  4. Bake for 40/45 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 180C / 350F / Gas4. (Fan assisted 30/35 minutes at 160C).

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We're GOING to have to try this!

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Got one? Send us your recipe!

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