Valentine’s Toast

A two post day!

Nothing original about love, but like freshly made toast, a little goes a long way.

Valentine's Toast

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To make this loaf or something similar, use full cream milk and any dairy products you like in with your regular bread flour and you will get a light and fluffy loaf that makes great toast.

320 ml of liquids to 500 grams of flour, 10 grams of salt, 2 tsps of yeast, 2 dessertspoons of light spraymalt.

37 thoughts on “Valentine’s Toast

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thanks Kari! (shh I didn’t get him a card, so this was my way of saying I love you at very short notice) .

  1. hotlyspiced

    Love how Zeb is given the little hearts on Valentine’s Day. What a great little chap. I must give my two little friends something special. I think they can smell dried liver treats coming from the cupboard.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Yes! Get out the dried liver treats! Being a completely over the top sort of person I made them a birthday liver cake ( pic halfway down in this post) last year. I can recommend liver cake for slavish devotion from small dogs….

  2. heidiannie

    That bread/toast is lovely!
    Love the cut outs and the empty toast rack!
    You always set up your photos so well!
    I forget to take a picture until it is too late and someone is taking the last bite!
    Although you got that picture too with Zeb eating the little hearts.
    Looks like you all had a wonderful Valentine’s breakfast.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thanks Heidi, I did those very quickly and they aren’t very well framed, but I wanted to eat, in fact we all did – the sunshine makes all the difference in the morning. Happy Valentine’s Day to you x :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Happy Valentine’s to you Abby! We’ve just treated ourselves to burgers and bacon baps at Blaise Castle, another muddy dog walking place. It’s the ‘high life’ here today ;)

  3. Jeannette

    Nice to see a bit of romance in the air! I met my husband 53 years ago today so we always call Feb. 14th our anniversary. Don’t buy each other cards any more but we celebrate in our own way!

    1. Joanna Post author

      The light is very soft and low at the moment, I’m lucky it comes in the kitchen in the morning like this at this time of year. The kitchen faces south-east so good for mornings :)

  4. Just A Smidgen

    This is the perfect Valentine’s post!! I love your idea and wish I’d known.. I may still do this tomorrow, the day after Valentine’s is ok, we still love our kids (and dogs), right:) My pup would love those little heart treats! Hugs to Zeb:) xo Smidge

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thanks, it was a very small gesture on my part, a bit last minute so I’m pleased everyone likes it :)

  5. Choclette

    Jo, I love your originality. I bet no-one else has heart holes in their toast. The thought of white toast always makes my mouth water.

    1. Joanna Post author

      You know this toast isn’t as white as you think! It was made with rich English wheat from Harpenden, milled in Wales at Felin Ganol and so including much more of the bran and goodness of the grain than a roller milled wheat, plus it had some of my stand by Swiss Dark flour from Shipton in it as well as about 30 % regular strong bread flour. I wonder if one tried making a wholemeal loaf with milk and full fat yoghurt or creme fraiche whether that would change the loaf significantly? I am not good at digesting wheat bran, so avoid the more sturdy bigger flaked wholemeal flours usually. I know it is all meant to be terribly good for you, but it has the opposite effect on me to the one that it is supposed to have ;)

  6. shuhanlee

    stumbled upon this photo and just had to comment. this is simply too adorable;) somehow feels very… japanese to me hehe.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Pillow soft just like you say – it’s always a favourite here – ooh cheese on toast – I would like some of that right this minute :)

  7. Nicola

    When making the pink pasta, I tried to find a heart-shaped cutter, to do similar: “Pasta inspired by zeb’s valentine’s toast”. One day I will send you a pic.

    I was reminded of this post again when looking under the ‘pure joy’ category. Yes, yes it is!

    1. Joanna Post author

      The cutter came in a Tala set with six or seven little cutters in it. I wanted to make jammy dodgers or some lemon curd linzer biscuits that I saw on Just a Smidgen’s site and of course I haven’t quite got there yet. I did see lots of little spring loaded (I think) cutter thingies on Lakeland the other day, but I can’t justify buying them right now right after buying the Tala set.

  8. narf77

    I feel an instant cameraderie with someone who would take the time to cut hearts out of toast and who bites here nails just like I do :) and don’t forget, who shares the toasty love with the dog! You rule! Zeb was just chanelling me there by the way ;)

  9. narf77

    Oh, and I stole all of your toast pics…I promise I won’t pin them! ;) be careful about hating Pinterest. I hated it on Sunday and by Monday I was heinously addicted!

  10. Joanna Post author

    Those are Brian’s nails, but I bite mine too, so pleased you like the pictures !

    I hate Pinterest, dislike is a better word because I don’t really hate internet stuff, because people don’t ask before they pin, or even leave a little tiny hello I have pinned your photo hope that’s ok type message. I find it unnerving to see my images unexpectedly labelled with someone else’s words on a board. I have given it a lot of thought, maybe because I am old but my photos are personal to me. Pinterest’s rules state that by pinning you are saying this is your content. it looks to me like most people pin other people’s stuff, so it is all a mockery that it respects copyright etc. If I delete the image from my blog, the pins remain, that can’t be right can it?

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