Bread Angels strike gold at the World Bread Awards

Bread Angels strike gold at the World Bread Awards

The World Bread Awards were more popular than ever this year.  More entries, more categories and a much higher standard of competition.  The Global HQ of Virtuous Bread is thrilled to announce that Bread Angels picked up an impressive collection of 18 awards and were runners up in two categories. Bread Angels are all professional bakers.  […]

Posted on 12. Nov, 2017 by .

Three of the best bakery hacks for you!

Three of the best bakery hacks for you!

Setting up a bakery can seem daunting.  Even if you want to mess around at home after taking one of our wonderful bread courses can seem daunting. All that stuff!  It may seem like rather a lot to spend, especially if you don't know whether you are going to take to it. Ladies and gentlemen […]

Posted on 29. Sep, 2017 by .

Bread is a winner at the Great Taste Awards 2017

Bread is a winner at the Great Taste Awards 2017

The Great Taste Awards 2017 results are out and our very own Bread Angel, Liz Wilson aka Ma Baker has scooped up a two-star award and a three-star award for her bread. What a fantastic achievement! Organised by the Guild of Fine Foods, and judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to […]

Posted on 04. Aug, 2017 by .

Delicious 100 % rye bread – more questions answered

Delicious 100 % rye bread – more questions answered

Recently a reader tried (and loved) the 100% rye recipe on the website and sent me a few questions.  They are great questions, so I thought I would answer them here. 1) Should I buy a 1lb tin, or just double up the quantities next time to adapt to my 2lb tin? You can just […]

Posted on 24. Jul, 2017 by .

Easy recipe for ciabatta with potato, rosemary and beetroot

Easy recipe for ciabatta with potato, rosemary and beetroot

Last night we had fish for dinner with mashed potatoes and baby beetroot, fresh from the garden.  With a few beets left over and about a coffee mug of left over mash (made with cream and butter, salt and pepper), it was time to mix a biga together for this morning. This "no knead" bread […]

Posted on 10. Jul, 2017 by .

Bread Angels get together for a reunion

Bread Angels get together for a reunion

Earlier this year Bread Angels got together for a reunion.  This is something we try to do at least once a year.  We bake bread,  discuss bread, eat bread and meet new angels whom we have not yet met. This year the BAs compared different recipes for ciabatta.  There is no one recipe for ciabatta and […]

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 by .

A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

How do I get those big holes in my bread?  That is a question we often get from students.  In fact, we get it so quickly that there is a post dedicated to it. Hint:  the secret is wet dough, plenty of stretching and folding, and a fair bit of degassing too. However, those of […]

Posted on 21. Apr, 2017 by .

Simple recipe for home made marzipan

Simple recipe for home made marzipan

Marzipan - in its many forms - is a luxurious addition to cooking world wide.  Clearly it originated where the almond trees originate - in China and Central Asia - and then it spread as people spread:  along the silk road and to the Mediterranean countries. Around high days and holidays is when Marzipan really […]

Posted on 16. Mar, 2017 by .

Easy recipe for date and walnut bread

Easy recipe for date and walnut bread

Want a change from raisin bread?  Try baking this absolutely delicious date and walnut bread for breakfast instead.  The tips for making it super tasty include scalding the dates and dry roasting the walnuts before you add them.  Scalding the dates makes them sticky and gooey which produces a moist, chewy crumb.  Dry roasting the […]

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