I have a new hobby… baking!



Where has our summer gone? Let's hope it returns soon!

I've stumbled on what is becoming a new hobby for me and I'd never have thought it of myself… baking bread!

I got chatting to a friend who bakes all his own bread and biscuits so I thought why not give it a try. So I did! The first loaf was a bit doughy and had a crust thicker and tougher than a brick, but after a little tweaking my bread is coming along a treat!

It's also great to know exactly what's going into my bread and ultimately my tummy! If you buy some flour you'll probably find a recipe on the packet – give it a try and let me know how you get on.

Also, if you have a tasty bread recipe leave it in the comments box below – it will come in handy now! 

Hope you can catch me this weekend when I present Birkenstock on Saturday at midday. Then on Sunday I have Lola Rose jewellery at 3pm and Artscape Fashion at 5pm.

Take it easy – and get baking!




  1. Lesley July 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Just wanted to say “hello”. Fairly new to QVC (eighteen months) but watch every day, mostly in the evenings when I am home from work. Really enjoy your shows, you are in my top three presenters along with Pippa and Julia R.
    Wanted to tell you how good you are… but please don’t let it go to your head or tell Dale !!

  2. dorothy young July 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    hi charlie
    my husband tried making bread when we just married trying to impress me, hate to say it did not work FELT SORRY FOR BIN MEN THEY HAD TO LIFT BIN. but the thought was there and still together after 28 years.
    love dorothy

  3. Kitty August 6, 2009 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Hiya Charlie
    I make a really easy wholemeal loaf with olive oil in it.
    12oz Wholemeal Bread Flour
    4oz Strong White Bread Flour
    1 tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast
    350ml Hand Hot Water from the kettle
    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    1 Tsp Salt
    Basically bung all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them all together till you form a dough – use a food mixer if you have one. Knead the mixture for 10 minutes till it’s elastic and pliable. Form into a ball, cover and leave to rise somewhere warm till it’s doubled in size. Knock back the dough and knead for another 5 minutes or so, then shape into a nice ‘cob’ shape or round, place on baking sheet, dust with flour and leave to rise again until it’s doubled in size. Bake in a preheated oven (about 220c) for about 30 minutes, and make sure it’s cooked by knocking on it’s bottom 😉 .
    If you don’t like wholemeal bread, then substitute the wholemeal flour for all white, the loaf will work just as well.
    Also, a tip I picked up was when you’re boiling potatoes to make mash or whatever, don’t throw the water away in which you’ve boiled the spuds – keep it and use that to make your bread with in place of plain water, freeze it in a jug if need be and defrost it to use when you make your white bread. Apparently it gives the bread a nicer texture!
    Take care
    Love from Kitty, Bolton.

  4. Paula August 10, 2009 at 2:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    just read your blog, you are one of my favourite presenters along with Catherine, Clare, Debbie & Craig. I purchased an electric breadmaker 3 weeks ago & enjoy the finished product. Am going to try using the pulp from a juicer to add flavour to my loaves. Looking for recipes to do this so when find some will post for you to try. Can’t mix by hand as have joint problems so the electric way works well if you need help.
    Keep smiling & keep trying @ card making; happen to think you produce some lovely cards in the time you have, don’t let the Bibster boss you too much!

  5. Sheila August 18, 2009 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, My Husband and I had some fantastic bread when we were in New Zealand. Made with wholemeal flour and the other usual ingredients, but add pumpkin seeds and cheese of your choice. Absolutely delicious.
    Not baking bread at the moment as it is far too hot here in Spain.
    Happy baking Sheila

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