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Outlets for Hitchin Bakehouse bread

As well as being available direct from Hitchin Bakehouse, Nick and Johannah have added two more outlets for their bread: Henlow Deli (https://www.facebook.com/thehenlowdeli) and Parkside Farm Shop (http://www.parksidefarmshop.co.uk/).

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Mixers

This is a very personal matter but here are my views for what they are worth.  The Kenwood Chef I have had for over 25 years is still going and is very reliable but about six months ago I needed to spread the risk and buy another mixer.  Looked at the Kitchen Aid but, frankly, it’s pricey and I am not a fan of the American retro look.  The Chef or its modern equivalent was also rather expensive and there was a deal on the K mix so K mix it was.

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It has a larger bowl than the chef and will handle 1300g flour which will make about 2.2kg dough so good for 4-5 loaves.  If you are serious about bread and using the mixer a lot, make sure the mixer has metal gears; much more robust than plastic.  Apart from a minor problem engaging the dough hook and the danger of dropping the arm because there is no resistance, the K mix works well and looks good.

Other mixers are available.

Seedy bread

There are many seeded flours available including one in the Waitrose range which includes chunky pumpkin seeds.  Holland and Barrett and other health food stores sell most seeds in bulk, usually at reasonable prices and they can be added dry or soaked overnight. They can be lightly toasted in a pan and my favourite mix is pumpkin, sunflower and linseed.

Whizzing them in a blender to reduce the size and improve the availability of the vitamins etc in the seeds. is a good idea.  In fact, linseed is so tough it will pass through you entire unless you break it up!

The Waitrose Love Life seeded and malted bread flour is currently 25% off so worth stocking up!  http://www.waitrose.com/shop

Holland and Barrett will deliver to your door and often have special deals  http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/food-drink/