Saturday night is time for food that we really enjoy, sometimes a more elaborate dish that takes time to prepare, or sometimes, like tonight, something simple.
Whitebait have been one of my favourite ways to eat fish for years, delicious little fish dusted in flour and a touch of paprika and fried. I shallow fried them in veg oil, they only take a few minutes to fry off, once the bubbles go from large to small they are ready – please be careful – red hot oil is not something you want to mess with….
On a recent trip to Iceland (shop, not country) to use the remaining vouchers I had received before Christmas I picked up 2 boxes of pre prepared Whitebait. At £2.50 for 400g it would be rude to say no – I put them into a freezer bag to store them as it was a huge box.
To go with these I am making a traditional loaf, as there is nothing nicer than bread and butter with a fish supper 😍
I start with 300ml of warm water and a pack of dried yeast, into the Thermomix bowl for 3 minutes or so at speed 1 heat 37. Then add 500g of White bread flour into the bowl, a pinch of sea salt and mix on dough setting for another 3 minutes, turn out and leave to rise for an hour or so.
When risen, knock back and put into a traditional 2lb bread tin, leave to rise again for 30 minutes or so, putting the oven onto 200 to preheat
Pop the loaf in with a splash of cold water in the bottom of the oven (in a tray) to create steam- cook for approx 45 minutes till golden and baked through – tap the loaf it should sound hollow 😊
To accompany our simple supper,
We have some Tatare sauce and Garlic mayonnaise
and sliced Super6 Lemons
A classic starter, padded out to a main meal 😇
Pud will be the Double Chocolate Brownie Icecream I made last week 😍