caramelised onion and cheddar 'tear n share' loaf

caramelised onion and cheddar 'tear n share' loaf

... as regular and observant readers of the blog will know, the lovely people at Homepride Flour have been providing me with their self-raising and plain flour for a few months now as i'm part of their Homepride Bakers community... I've been baking, using only this flour and i'm sure you'll agree that the results speak for themselves.  I'll be totally honest with you and say that up until being part of this community I genuinely didn't think twice about which brand of flour I purchased, normally going directly to the supermarket own brand and have never had an issue but I can see the difference in the Homepride flour - the fact that it's pre-sieved is blatantly obvious the moment you touch it - but also the fact that it comes in the resealable boxes is handy beyond what I would have ever thought.  I've always loved the brand and grew up with the bowler-hatted little icon Fred on TV adverts as a little boy.  Mum even had a set of ceramic Fred flour jars that I believe she still has to this day.  As well as the nostalgia and of course quality, to me the brand represents the best of British, particularly this year with the announcement that all their flour comes from 100% British wheat which of course if wonderful for our farmers.

Homepride also have another very exciting announcement to make, one which I have had the privilege of working on in secret with them for some time... this week they will launch their first ever Strong White Bread Flour!  The flour is very good.  I've been developing and testing recipes with it for the past couple of months and i've baked some exceptional loaves.  I even completed a very interested taste test comparing three of the UK's best-selling bread flours alongside this new flour and it faired very favourably.  It comes in the traditional sealed, round edged box and completes the perfect set of flours for your larder.  The flour will be sold exclusively in Tesco stores and online at tesco.com.  I love that a brand as traditional as Homepride has recognised the growing trend in home bread baking and with the popularity in such shows as the Great British Bake-Off, has moved with the times to develop a new flour to meet the needs of the population.  So often these retro brands sit in a world of nostalgia and don't move to develop or change but thankfully wise little Fred is not so stubborn and continues to strive for quality.

caramelised onion and cheddar 'tear n share' loaf

as part of my recipe development for the launch of the new Homepride Strong Bread Flour I was asked bake a regular white loaf, which I will post the results of another time, along with something a little more complex, such as this divine 'tear n share' loaf.  I adore caramelised onions and onion bread in general.  There is nothing better than the glorious aroma of toasted onion bread and this tear and share loaf toasts beautifully and delivers that deeply rich scent very generously.  This bread works well with a fondue or dips and so great for the forthcoming party season but also works well with a bowl of soup - a great sharing meal if you have friends popping by, simply bung a large bowl of soup on the table and this loaf and let them all tuck in... utterly heavenly.

500g Homepride Strong White Bread Flour

Ingredients

  • 500g Homepride Strong White Bread Flour
  • 350ml luke warm water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Read the whole recipe on Belleau Kitchen