I thought challenging myself to make five different types of bread would be a good start, and I had a lot of fun. I also had Harry (and Mia to a certain extent!) helping me to make them, and I think that it was really important to see how bread is made. Here's what I produced:
1 - White bread rolls
I started simply and was very pleased with these rolls. They were quick and easy to make, and even the children ate them! I've since made them lots of times, they are good if we are expecting visitors for lunch.
2 - Mediterranean Fruit Loaf
This looked so impressive! Perhaps a little less time in the oven would have been better, always a problem when trying to supervise two young children at the same time as an oven, but it tasted delicious!
3 - Hot cross buns
A bit of a last minute decision to make these on Good Friday, so I looked for an easy recipe and found this one from BBC Food - Hot Cross Buns, making the dough in the Kenwood. It was a simple recipe but with lots of stages of leaving the dough to rise. I was really pleased with them, they looked good and tasted nice too, and so I am hoping to make homemade hot cross buns a yearly tradition for Easter.
4 - Zopf Bread
A plaited loaf, I made this as part of the Great Bloggers Bake Off. It was pretty easy to do and again looked impressive as well as being very tasty.
5 - Chelsea Buns
Another bake inspired by the Great Bloggers Bake Off. I don't remember ever having eaten a Chelsea Bun before, let alone made one, but with the help of a video found online I was very pleased with the results.
I'm getting on very well with my Day Zero Project list - it's now 42% complete! (Although admittedly I have now ticked off most of the easier ones). I've definitely been inspired to try out some new things, and ticking off the finished challenges is really satisfying.