My Birthday at Kendal Calling & A simple white bread recipe!

Over this weekend I celebrated my 23rd Birthday I’ll allow the birthday cheers to subside.

I celebrated the anniversary of my birth at Kendal Calling music festival, watching bands, eating, drinking, working (volunteered to get myself a free ticket) but mostly having a lot of fun!

Here’s a roundup of all things great about Kendal Calling, and then a recipe for a really simple loaf of bread.


The friendly staff all over the festival! I worked for the merchandise team on the Thursday, volunteering to sell programs as the festival-goers arrived, I hardly knew anyone but I had so much fun.

The best burger ever: Burger Bear


The best Vegetable samosa ever from Gandhi’s flip-flop:

Open-mic at Gandhi’s flip-flop


Whilst selling programs in the campsite we happened upon two groups of people camped side by side who both had wheelbarrows. What did we do!? Well obviously we challenged them to wheelbarrow race each other! There was no prize other than sheer festival banter all weekend!

The drum band who played and danced around the campsite in the rain in crazy outfits!

Ferris wheel.

Space-hopper races.

Two kids (brothers) having a mud fight!


The fact they actually sold Kendal Mint cake in the information tent for £1!


Handing out pizza cookies I’d made (using the recipe I’ve posted on the blog earlier, raspberry jam and marshmallows) to friends I’d made on my birthday because I didn’t have birthday cake!


Free Birthday Shisha!


I didn’t watch a lot of music but here’s what I did watch and enjoy:

Alex Hulme, The Ramona FlowersThe Mouse Outfit feat Dr Syntax & Sparkz, The Bear Around Your Neck, Newton Faulkner, Lanterns on the Lake, Rae Morris, Augustines, Rag n Bone Man


Here’s the simple bread recipe:

  1. 340ml milk

1 tbsp sugar

1tsp salt

1 tbsp butter

  1. 2 tsp yeast

1 tbsp boiling water

35ml milk

  1. 765g bread flour
  1. Heat your milk gently in a saucepan, as steam begins to raise add your butter salt and sugar. Allow the milk to continue to heat up gently and as soon as half of the butter has melted take off the heat and melt the rest in the warmth of the milk by stirring the mixture. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.


  1. In a small glass of bowl measure your milk and hot water. Make sure the combination of the two is only lukewarm and stir in your yeast to activate. Leave for 10 minutes.


  1. In a large bowl combine the mixtures from steps 1&2 and add ¼ of the flour continue to add the flour slowly in stages ¼ at a time until the dough comes together.


  1. Dust a work surface with flour and knead the dough for at least 8 minutes to help bring it together. Grease your bowl with olive oil, place the dough back in to prove and cover with a damp tea towel for at least an hour.

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  1. Once the dough has risen knead again on a floured surface and either shape into little rolls or grease your bread tins (this recipe makes two 23×12 cm loafs) and allow to raise again for 20/30 minutes until double in size.


I created a salt and pepper 5 plait loaf with one half of my dough and a plain egg washed loaf with the other.


  1. Bake in a pre-heated oven on 190oc for 25 minutes, remove from their tins and bake for a further 5/10 minutes until golden brown.


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Hopefully you’ll all find the bread recipe very useful. It can be made with just water instead of milk and any type of bread flour you wish!