Paul at Home – Bread Baking Kits

It’s that time of the year where baking enthusiasts around the country root for their favourite victoria sponges, french fancies and seeded batches on the Great British Bake off. Extreme measures have been taken to allow this year’s series to go ahead including keeping many of the production team locked down on site. 

To many of us, it still feels like we are cooped up at home unable to get to our favourite bakers for a tasty, freshly baked loaf (or maybe we just don’t want to venture out into the progressively dark, cold days). France’s biggest bakery, PAUL have launched a new range of bread making kits, allowing wannabe master bakers like us to create the perfect bread from our own homes. We obviously had to try it out, if only to get that smell wafting through the house. 

The PAUL Home Bread Maker Kit comes in 2 sizes, both including everything you need to make white bread. We started with the PAUL Home Bread Maker Kit with 2kg Flour, which included 1kg PAUL strong white French bread flour, 1kg PAUL Multigrain Bread Flour, x2 15g active dried yeast, bread proving basket, PAUL cotton Sac à Pain, dough scraper and a recipe booklet.

We perused the recipe book excitedly and considered how daring to be. Treacle and date bread maybe? Goats cheese spring onion & thyme soda bread perhaps? All sounded delicious and the kit gives you a step by step guide to make. We eventually opted to watch the GBBO 2019 winner David Atherton guide us through his version on a PAUL seedy loaf on the PAUL instagram page, (a must-watch for novices, like us…)

With a few additional ingredients of ground flaxseed and potato (you heard right) we got to work. David’s dulcet tones guided us through the mixing, kneading, slapping (the dough), scraping, tucking, sprinkling and eventually baking, that’s right we did all of those things. 

We waited…a bit like waiting for your lotto numbers to come up, fingers crossed hoping for the best. As the oven pinged we excitedly extracted our creation and I’m not going to lie it looked pretty good. A spot of cooling, a scraping of butter and a drop of strawberry jam and the taste test confirmed… we had actually cooked some bread, and it was pretty damn good.

PAUL Allowed us to create a pretty tasty batch of bread with ease and from the comfort of our home. With the scraper, remaining flour and yeast, we will be baking more bread soon.

The PAUL at Home bread maker kits can be purchased from their website at £33 or £38 if you want to go large.  You can watch David Atherton get seedy on the PAUL IG page @paul_bakeryuk or on the PAUL website

Happy Baking 

Written by Nyla S.