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  • rachelallencooks's profile picturerachelallencooksVerifiedHappy Homemade Bread Day 🍞

    Japanese milk bread – Shokupan

    This is a Japanese tear-and-share loaf of bread with the most wonderful pillowy soft texture. It’s inspired by the Yudane and Tangzhong method where a little bit of flour and water or milk (both in this case) are cooked together to make a white sauce before mixing in the remaining ingredients. This method pre-gelatinises the starch in the flour allowing it to absorb more liquid, giving you a super-light loaf that stays fresh for longer as it retains the moisture.

    It also is divine with cinnamon, cardamom,dried fruit and/or candied peel added as a sweet treat.

    Here’s the recipe 👇🏽 below in Comments in 2 parts! Happy baking 🧡

    This bread can be made so easily using a Thermomix @thermomixukandireland too!Edited · 3h
  • rachelallencooks's profile picturerachelallencooksVerifiedThis quantity will make one 23 cm tear-and-share loaf.

    50g water
    50g milk
    15g strong white flour

    375g strong white flour
    15g milk powder
    25g caster sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    115g milk
    1 egg, beaten
    25g fresh yeast or 12g dried yeast
    50g butter, melted

    Pour the water and the milk into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Add in the 15g of flour & cook, whisking all the time, over the heat for a couple of minutes until the liquid has thickened to a white sauce. Tip the white sauce into a bowl & cool.
    Place the 375g of strong white flour in a mixing bowl, or the bowl of an electric food mixer (with the dough hook attached) ) with the milk powder, the sugar & the salt, & mix.
    Now place the milk in a separate bowl & add in the beaten egg, the yeast,the melted butter & the white sauce. Stir then pour all of this liquid into the dry ingredients & mix to a dough. Knead for 8-10 minutes by hand or in the machine until you have a smooth and almost springy dough, don’t add flour while you’re kneading, the dough is supposed to be slightly sticky. When I’m using a stand mixer for this I scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times during kneading.
    When the dough has been kneaded enough it will be smooth on the outside. Press it with a floured finger and the dent that you make with your finger should spring back a little bit.
    Place the dough into a bowl that’s large enough to take the dough when doubled in size (or leave it in the stand mixer bowl) & cover the bowl with a clean tea towel or a plate. Place it somewhere warm, not above 45’C, or just standing on the counter in your kitchen and allow the dough to double in size, this may take 2 hours. If you wish you can place the covered bowl of dough in the fridge overnight.
    When the dough has doubled in size, using a floured fist, punch the dough down to knock it back then knead it for just 1 minute.
    Brush a 23cm spring-form tin with melted butter, then dust with flour.
    Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, each weighing about 90g. Keep all dough covered with a clean tea towel while you work with one ball of dough. On a very lightly floured work surface, place one ball of dough.2 likesReply
  • rachelallencooks's profile picturerachelallencooksVerifiedOn a very lightly floured work surface, place one ball of dough. Fold the edges, all the way round, into the centre of the ball of dough, squashing it down in the centre as you go. Turn the ball over so that the folded side is on the underside and the smooth side is on top. Roll the ball gently under the palm of your hand to make a round roll then place into the prepared tin. Repeat with all the other balls of dough so that you end up with 7 around the sides, spaced apart, and one ball in the centre. Now cover with the tea towel again and place on the worktop or somewhere a little warmer, again not above 45’C , and allow to rise again until almost doubled in size, about 35-45 minutes.
    Preheat an oven to 200’C. The dough is ready when you make a little dent with a floured finger and it doesn’t spring back. Also, the balls of dough should have joined together at this stage. Whisk the egg with a pinch of salt and brush very gently over the top of the risen bread. Place the bread in the lower part of the preheated oven to bake for 30-40 minutes. The dough, out of the tin, should sound hollow when you tap it on the base. If you wish you can bake the bread out of the tin for the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Place on a wire rack to cool.2 likesReply
  • leanwithlesleyLooks delicious, reminds me of your ciabatta/tabata 😂❤️Reply
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Rachel Allen’s Divine Rich Chocolate Cake recipe

Happy Sunday!
This Divine Rich Chocolate Cake recipe is from my 2nd cookbook, Rachel’s Favourite Food For Friends (published in 2005), that I come back to time & time again. This is a super quick to make and completely delicious cake that’s a bit brownie-like, a bit moussey-like, and can be made using ground almonds or flour, so super versatile. And, it keeps for ages, if you can keep it!
I made 2 this morning, one for home and one for a friend’s (belated) birthday!
Here’s the recipe below!
Serves 6-8
A little soft butter, for greasing the tin
150g dark chocolate, chopped
125g butter
150g caster sugar
3 eggs, whisked to break up
50g ground almonds or plain flour

For the Chocolate Glaze:
110g dark chocolate , chopped
2 tbsp milk or cream
50g butter

Preheat the oven to 160’C/Fan 145.
Butter the sides of a 20cm round cake tin (or spring form tin ) and line the bottom with grease proof or parchment paper.
Place the chocolate, butter and sugar in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water, and melt. Stir until smooth then beat in the eggs and fold in the ground almonds or sifted flour. Feel free to add orange zest, vanilla, sea salt, cardamom, ginger etc!
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-45 minutes until the centre feels just set in the centre, but it will still be gorgeously moist. Allow to cool in the tin .
To make the chocolate glaze , melt all the ingredients together and stir until smooth, allow to cool a little until it has thickened slightly ( about 10 minutes) but do not place in the fridge as it will lose it’s glossy sheen .
Take the cooled cake out of the tin and place on a plate or cake stand , and pour the glaze over the top , letting it drizzle down the sides.
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Rachel Allen’s Broccoli Soup with Dubliner Cheese Toasts @KerrygoldUSA


I adore this delicious and nutritious soup. It’s great either for family suppers or for a dinner party. The soup can be frozen and the Dubliner toasts prepared in advance, then grilled at the last moment. Ideal if you need a meal in an instant. Rachel Allen

  • 2 tbsp Kerrygold Salted Butter
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head of broccoli, with stalk
  • 3 1/2–4 1/4 cup hot vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 slices good-quality white bread
  • 3 oz Dubliner Cheese, finely grated


Melt the butter in a medium to large saucepan, and add the potatoes and onion, salt and pepper. Cover with a piece of wax paper and sweat over a gentle heat for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli florets from the stalk. Using a small knife, remove the outer layer of skin from the stalk and discard, then chop the stalk into 1/2-inch pieces. Add to the onion and potato, cover and sweat for a further 5 minutes.  Add the hot stock to the potatoes, onion and broccoli stalk, bring up to a boil, then add the chopped broccoli florets. Boil without the lid over a high heat for 4–5 minutes until soft, then add the cream. Remove from the heat, puree in a blender and season to taste.To make the Dubliner toasts, toast the bread on both sides, sprinkle with grated Dubliner Cheese and pop under a hot grill or into a hot oven for 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Cut the toast into fingers and serve on the side with the soup.


Rachel Allen Cooks sourdough @Ballymaloe

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Just some of the delicious & lovely things for sale today & every day, Monday to Saturday @ballymaloecookeryschool Farm Shop, open 9.30-5.30.
-Breads from our bread shed including these divine 48 hour ferment sourdough.
-Fruit, herbs, leaves & vegetables from the farm
-Kombucha & Kefirs from our Bubble Shed
-jams, chutneys,marmalades & preserves
-beautiful homeware pieces including my very favourite of the day, this bamboo tray, just perfect for a morning coffee & cake, or a little sunset G&T.

Rachel’s No-Pastry Pear and Almond Tart @KerrygoldUSA


This is a delicious tart and is also perfect for people who don’t want to make pastry. You can use a variety of fruit for the filling (see below).

Serves:  6
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and quartered, then cut into long slices
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz almond meal, about 1/4 in thick
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 5 egg whites
  • Confectioners’ sugar, to serve
  • 12 tbsp Kerrygold Salted Butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease the sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable

bottom and place a disc of wax paper on the base. If you prefer to serve this tart on the tart pan base, do not use the wax paper.

Sift the confectioners’ sugar and flour into a bowl and stir in the almond meal and lemon zest. Whisk the egg whites for 30 seconds, until just frothy, and add to the dry ingredients with the warm melted butter. Mix until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange the slices of pear on top and sprinkle with the slivered almonds.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350°F (180°C) and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until risen and a pale golden color. The filling should feel firm to the touch in the center.

Allow to sit in the pan for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to serve.

This is delicious with softly whipped cream.


Instead of pears, I sometimes use 4 oz raspberries or blackberries (either fresh or frozen) for the topping. Alternatively, I use 2 oz pine nuts instead of fruit. You can also make this with 4 oz peach or nectarine slices, which is particularly nice in the summer!


Baked eggs with tomatoes, chorizo, chilli and cheese


Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4. Put a frying pan on a medium-low heat, add the olive oil then add the skinned, chopped tomatoes, see my tip, above left. Season with a good pinch of salt and cook for about 15 minutes, until the tomato sauce is thick and viscous.
Remove from the heat, stir in the chopped parsley and the crushed chilli peppers. Divide the tomato sauce between four ovenproof ramekins and break 2 eggs into each dish. Place a slice of the chorizo on top of each egg and divide the grated manchego or Parmesan cheese, whichever you’re using, between the ramekins.
Place in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the whites are set, but the yolks are just ever so slightly soft. Just before the eggs are ready, toast the slices of bread and butter them.
Remove the eggs from the oven and serve with the buttered toast.