Semolina Barbecue buns – hospital food!

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I’ve been asked if I ever make the same bread twice. I’ve made this one at least half a dozen times so far…

These were made quickly this morning for my neighbour, stuck in hospital – they’re her favourite of all the breads I’ve taken round in the last two years. Her daughter will make her sandwiches with them this afternoon. Who wants to eat hospital food after all?

So in case you missed my original post, here’s the link to the recipe, one of Dan Lepard’s best Guardian bread recipes from this year. Winter, summer – who cares, eat what makes you happy if you can!

18 thoughts on “Semolina Barbecue buns – hospital food!

  1. sallybr

    Loved this bread too, easy and amazing! Hope your friend recovers quickly, hospital is not a good place to be, unless you are having a baby!

  2. heidiannie

    These are great sandwich buns. I’ve made them several times, as well.
    I’m sayig a prayer for your neighbour- this is a bad time to be in the hospital- I always take in food to those stuck there- even in the hospitals that say they have gourmet kitchens. YUCK!

  3. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    I’m hoping she will be OK too. Thanks for the thoughts!

    Thanks for the comments :) Looks like the semolina barbecue fan club is all here – go on make them again! We had some tonight with little flat lamb patties, seasoned with ras al hanut,mixed with sourdough breadcrumbs and labneh, and some courgettes and tomatoes and onions, sort of quick ratatouille. This was to celebrate an air temperature of ….. + 4 C. The first time it’s been above freezing for a week here – not quite barbecue weather but a welcome relief for a day or so! Just been sat in the Cathedral listening to a friend and her choir sing Pucinni’s Mass. Cold but lovely!

  4. cityhippyfarmgirl

    I did a sourdough sourdough version of these last weekend for a picnic, apparently a hit as well. I hope your neighbour gets out quickly. Hospital food is not good.
    Enjoy that 4C. Brrrrr!

      1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

        I’ll join you Heidi :) We had an above freezing sunny clear weekend here in Avon, but woke up this morning to freezing fog and the finest twinkly particles of snow and hoarfrost everywhere. So the words ‘outdoor firepit’ sound very inviting. Am thinking chilli, shepherds pie, more soup. And I meant to say I was given vol 1 of Nigel Slater’s book Tender and he devotes a huge section to the celeriac, but mentions the fennel almost as an afterthought. He says that celeriac is really easy to grow but one of the slowest! I might try and find a corner somewhere come the Spring…..

        1. heidiannie

          I love your menu! Add a pot of hot chocolate and some crusty bread and I’m so there.
          We had over 10 inches of snow overnight- I’m looking at a Winter Wonderland here in NE Ohio. :)

          1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

            Sounds like Scotland! Are you snowed in ? Just had some leek and potato soup and toasted semolina bun, almost has the texture of crumpets when it is toasted. Yum :)

            1. heidiannie

              LOL! I have a Jeep Cherokee!
              I’m NEVER snowed in.
              I’m making a big pot of chili for supper and a pan of cornbread w/ jalapeno pepper slices in it for supper.

  5. Christine

    Love this one too, Jo! Great use of the pizza cutter, clever thing. How sweet of you to think of your neighbour in this way. Keep warm :)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Sourdough version sounds good Brydie! Christine I am sure i saw someone use the pizza cutter somewhere on this, was it you? I’ll have to nip over to your lovely blog and check :)

      PS the story is that I asked if there was anything she wanted and this bread was what she asked for, so…..

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Thanks for visiting Blackbook! Give it a try, it makes a wicked alternative to a bruschetta when it is a day or two old as well. I like breaking the little squares off too ;)

  6. Lynne

    mmmm made these to go alongside a Portuguese roast pork loin today, as they seemed rather Portugesey to me.. Went down an absolute storm, people were leaving the roast potatoes and eating the bread instead!

    1. Joanna Post author

      Great stuff! Lynne! Dan’s bread recipes are excellent and this is one of my all time favourites :)

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