Do you think about the bread that you eat? Have you read the label? Is there a label to read? If not, is there someone at the shop with whom you can discuss your bread? These are serious questions. Have a look at the ingredients in a bag of flour: You would be forgiven for […]
Posted on 16. May, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Recently, the lovely Steven Croft contacted me to get some bread chat about kneading. It was a really interesting question (to knead or not to knead) because, whilst I DO it, I am not sure why I DO it. I mean, I know the science of it. I know what happens while you knead. I […]
Posted on 07. May, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Bread Angels get up to all sorts of things in addition to baking bread and teaching bread classes. We speak, write, demonstrate and volunteer. Recently Rhiannon, Bread Angel and owner of the Epsom Bake House went to Hackney to bake bread. Here is her report! Bread baking at Made in Hackney Being a Bread Angel […]
Posted on 30. Apr, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Many people wonder what to do when they have too much bread. Of course you can turn it into other things: croutons, breadcrumbs, gazpacho, bread pudding, apple charlotte...or if you really cannot be bothered to do any more cooking, you can freeze it. Bread freezes beautifully. Simply wrap it in wax paper (greaseproof paper) if […]
Posted on 16. Apr, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Shortly after The Book of Buns was published, I received an e mail from a woman in the Netherlands, named Caroline. In the mail, she asked if I would mind if she set up a Facebook group called "Baking our Way Through The Book of Buns". I was thrilled and delighted of course. The group […]
Posted on 06. Apr, 2015 by virtuousbread.
It's Hot Cross Bun week and I confess I got a bit tired of rolling buns and crossing them. In a fit of lethargy I decided to make a braided Hot Cross Bun loaf instead. It's fantastic and, like challah, perfect for breaking up by hand and sharing, covered with butter for eating of course! […]
Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Further to the earlier post about using the float test to ensure your refreshed sourdough starter was ready for use, it's time to talk about how much refreshed sourdough starter you actually use. The answer is, as ever, simple and complicated and to a certain extent, it depends on the base grain of your starter […]
Posted on 24. Mar, 2015 by virtuousbread.
I have had a high volume of messages lately from people whose sourdough bread is not working out. Some are old hands who seem to have lost their touch. Others are newbies who cannot seem to make it work. I think what is going on is that they are using a starter that is not […]
Posted on 20. Mar, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Last week I had a basic bread class with six gorgeous students, two of whom came all the way from Asia. Mum (Singapore) and daughter (Hong Kong) were in London enjoying a Chinese New Year holiday and found us online. They joined a crew of men and women from London and Bedford, one of whom […]
Posted on 23. Feb, 2015 by virtuousbread.