Fresh from the oven January 2013

IMG_4852I am pleased to start off the new year of bread baking by hosting January’s fresh from the oven challenge. The challenge is to make flatbreads. I made the ones below from The River Cottage bread handbook but you are free to use any recipe you like and get as creative as you want. If you do want a recipe this one from Nigel Slater looks very similar and I love the sound of his aubergine and thyme flat breads. I served my flat breads alongside a roast chicken stuffed with chorizo and beans which you can read more about here but I have also served them with mousakka and a lamb tagine.

IMG_4853The round up will be published by Michelle at the end of the month and please see here for full information on how to take part. Also don’t forget to check out our facebook page. Feel free to share your challenge posts on there throughout the month.


Fresh from the oven round up – December 2012 – savoury chilli buns

DCIM100MEDIADecember’s fresh from the oven was hosted by Tina and she chose savoury chilli buns. You can find the recipe here if you want to give it a try. December is a busy month and consequently we only had one entry which was from Tandy at Lavender and Lime.©-Chilli-Cheese-Maize-BreadWe are still looking for hosts for 2013 so please email me if you would like to host. January’s challenge is hosted by me and will be posted later today. You can find out how to take part here. Michelle will be publishing the round up at the end of the month. Also don’t forget to check out our facebook page. Feel free to share your challenge posts on there throughout the month.


Fresh from the oven – October 2012 – mixed flour seeded loaf

October’s fresh from the oven challenge was hosted by Dear love blog and the full post and recipe can be found here. Alex shared a recipe with us for using up leftover part bags of flour, mixed flour, seeded loaf. Thank you to Alex for hosting and to everyone who took part this month.

Fuss free flavours


Lavender and lime

November’s challenge is being hosted by Helen of fuss free flavours and will be announced on her blog on 1st November.

Fresh from the oven August 2012 – Saffron buns

This months fresh from the oven challenge was hosted by Sally who blogs at my custard pie. She chose a traditional saffron buns recipe. Thank you Sally for hosting and for everyone who has taken part this month. Unfortunately September’s host has dropped out so we are urgently looking for someone to host September’s challenge. If you are interested please get in touch. I will update before the 1st September with details of the new host.

Lavender and lime

Coffee, cakes and running

Signor Biscotti

Working London mum

Food and tools




Fresh from the oven June 2012 – Pita breads

This months fresh from the oven was hosted by slice of my life. The challenge set was to bake pita breads. Thank you Anita for hosting and to everyone who took part this month. Below are the photos of all this months entries. Next months challenge will be announced on 1st July on lavender and lime. Next month’s round up will be published by utterly scrummy food for families.

Culinary travels

Signor biscotti

Mint custard

Lavender and lime

Fika and more

My custard pie

Things we make


Confessions of a courious cuisiniere

Mimi’s kitchen

Fresh from the oven February round up

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the first month of the new style fresh from the oven. It is great to see a good mixture of old members supporting us in this new direction and new members joining in too. The record for the quickest up take of a recipe has to go to Claire of Things we make who start baking bagels within an hour of the announcement post going up!

Next months challenge is being hosted by Lavender and lovage so please visit her blog on March 1st to see what challenge she has set. The round up for March will be on utterly scrummy food for families.

Things we make

the little loaf. pink recipe diary Signor biscotti.Mimi’s kingdom

Photographic yearCurious cuisiniere

My custard pieValentinaSlice of my life

Sweet samsationsLavender and limeDelicio8Pippi u kuhinji

Fresh from the oven – February challenge – Bagels

Fresh from the oven has been baking bread as a group since June 2009. In that time we have baked a lot of bread and the members have changed a lot too. For our first challenge in this new format I wanted a recipe that even our longest standing members wouldn’t have baked as part of the group but also something that was straight forward enough to inspire new bakers to join in. I also wanted a recipe that allowed bakers to get creative if they wished. So with this in mind I have settled on bagels and hope that you all enjoy it.All the details about how to take part are here. I look forward to seeing all your bagels and a round up will be published on purely food at the end of February. Details of March’s challenge will be included in the round up.

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Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven is a bread baking group that has been running for a couple of years now. As of February 2012 the format is changing from a group run from a private blog to a monthly blogging event that anyone can take part in as often (or as little) as they want. The format of the challenges remains the same however. So if you want to improve your bread baking skills then this is the blogging event for you.

This monthly blogging event is being run by myself and Michelle (of Utterly Scrummy food for families). At the beginning of each month we will have guest hosts setting bread baking challenges for you and at the end of the month myself and Michelle will take it in turns to post a round up of all the entries on our blogs.

To participate each month all you need to do is:

  • Visit purely food or utterly scrummy food for families to see who is guest hosting and who is publishing the round up
  • Visit the guest hosts blog to find the monthly challenge recipe
  • Have a go at baking this months bread and blog about it (at any time during the month but on the 28th at the latest)
  • Mention fresh from the oven in your post and include a link to my FFTO main page, if I am publishing the round up (see here if Michelle is rounding up)
  • Include a link to the guest host’s blog post announcing this month’s challenge.
  • Please email a photo (saved as a jpg, no bigger than 500px x 500px ) and a link to your post to and by midinight (GMT) 28th of the month to have your post included in the monthly round up.
  • If you do not have a blog but still want to take part, email us a photo of your bread and you will be included in the round up.
  • If you are on twitter, please use the hash tag #freshfromoven to tweet about the challenge.
  • Check back here at the end of the month to see the round up of all that months entries.

I will be hosting February’s challenge so come back here on Wednesday 1st February to see what challenge I have set for you.

Chocolate and almond biscotti

It’s been a bit quiet round here this month hasn’t it? During November and early December I seemed to pick up every cough and cold going round and started to feel a bit run down. Just working and keeping up with the basics at home was enough so as a result I didn’t have much to blog about. I’m pleased to say I’ve been feeling a lot better these last couple of weeks but have been busy getting ready for Christmas.

The tree is now up and decorated, the cards written and sent and the presents are wrapped and sat under the tree ready for Christmas day. We’ve even had a bit of snow.

Last weekend I made the most of a snowy day and baked some biscotti (recipe at the end of the post) for gifts. This is a recipe adapted from a Bill Granger recipe for pistachio and chocolate biscotti (also delicious). I’ve baked biscotti a few times with this recipe, the only thing I would change next time would be to add more almonds.

I also decorate the chutney I made back in October for gifts, using this recipe I shared with you last year.

So all that’s left for me to do is wish you all a merry christmas.

Chocolate and almond biscotti

Makes 20-30 biscuits

160g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
150g plain flour
60g good quality cocoa powder
80g almonds (next time I will increase this though as biscotti should be packed with nuts)

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Using electric beaters, beat the eggs and sugar together until thick, pale and the mixture has increased in volume.
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa. Stir with a wood spoon to combine.
  • Add the almonds and mix until well combined.
  • Divide the mixture in half and shape in to 2 logs, about 15cm long on the baking tray. Flatten them slightly so they are approximately 2cm thick.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Turn the oven down to 120C/gas 1/2.
  • Cut the cool logs into slices approximately 1cm thick (I like to cut my logs on the diagonal). Spread the slices out in a single layer on baking trays and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the biscuits over and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a month (I doubt they’ll last that long though).