Last week, I had a really fun day at the Lesley Waters cookery school down here in Dorset. I spent the day with Lesley and a small number of other guests cooking in her beautiful cookery school kitchen which has recently been custom built adjacent to her Dorset home.
We spent the day cooking a number of Lesley’s signature dishes which was most enjoyable and included bread making, preparing and cooking fresh Dorset seafood, and some fantastic ideas for fresh, quick and absolutely delicious meals. I came away feeling really inspired, thanks to Lesley’s enthusiastic way of teaching and her generosity with ideas.
Most of the food we made on the day we ate for lunch, with the exception of this delicious loaf of bread we made. I took it home and it was such a hit, I found myself making it again in the week.
The pumpkin seed, sage and thyme plait loaf is absolutely delicious and is great to enjoy at this time of year with salads, and even in a bacon sandwich. It is an adaptation of this recipe found here, with 5 tbsp of toasted pumpkin seeds, and 3 tbsp each of finely chopped fresh sage and thyme added at stage 6 of the recipe and worked into the dough.
It was also a fantastic use of my lovely new Mermaid baking sheet which I was sent to celebrate National Bread Week which worked really well here. A lipless baking sheet is really helpful when making complicated loaves of bread as you can simply flour the bread and slide the loaf on to the sheet, rather than having to pick it up and transfer it, which can result in a misshapen loaf.