Balsamic onion bread

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aga, baking, bread, onions, thermomix

I adapted this wonderful bread recipe from James Morton's Brilliant Bread for the Thermomix – of course!

James was a 2012 finalist on the BBC hit show The Great British Bake Off #GBBO. For me he was the stand out personality and natural talent. That surprises me because he loves making bread which is my least favourite bake. His new book may well change my view and this first bake from that book is going to encourage me to work my way through it. Paleo activists can stop reading now :))

Second prove

Olive oil
1 large onion ( I will try a red onion one next time) thinly sliced
45g balsamic vinegar
150g strong white flour
350g plain flour
10g salt
14g fast action yeast
2 eggs and enough milk to make liquid up to 350g
50g caster sugar
Semolina (polenta) for dusting
TM method:
Sauté the thinly sliced onions in olive oil at 100° reverse blade, speed 2 for 2 min or until al dente. Weigh and add the balsamic and reduce on varoma, MC off, reverse blade speed 2 until sticky. Take care not to burn. Set aside until cool.
Weigh the eggs and milk into TM – 350g total weight. Heat until tepid 37° speed 4- the light stops flashing when tepid temperature achieved. Weigh and add all other ingredients into TM bowl and mix 20 seconds speed 3. Now set timer to 90 seconds on dough setting. You should have a lovely soft dough. Tip it out onto floured surface and leave to prove for about an hour ( until doubled in size) in oiled bowl covered with cling film and tea towel. Side of aga is perfect environment. When risen, knock it back by working in the cooled balsamic onions-sticky!! Then shape as you like or simply pop into loaf tins. Would make amazing rolls. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes. Preheat your baking tray in upper aga or 450° and place bread dusted with semolina onto tray. Bake for 20 minutes.

The texture was simply beautiful – so light. The sticky balsamic onion permeated the loaf by the next day- if it hangs around that long!

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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