How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

Fourth in the great ciabatta bake off goes to a recipe based on that of Paul Hollywood and it's a nice all rounder. The judges pronounced it "tasty with a nice texture and crumb structure".  The flavour was good but not at all acidic, which the judges were looking for in ciabatta, and the crust was […]

Posted on 14. Apr, 2016 by .

The great ciabatta bake off – search for the perfect ciabatta recipe

The great ciabatta bake off – search for the perfect ciabatta recipe

Hard on the heels of the great baguette bake off, comes the great ciabatta bake off. Ciabatta is the bread EVERYONE wants to be able to bake.  I am not sure why that is, but it is what it is so we, here at the global HQ of Virtuous Bread, have dusted off four different […]

Posted on 07. Apr, 2016 by .

What makes Mexican food so good?

What makes Mexican food so good?

On a recent trip to London I was amazed to see how the number of "Mexican" eateries had grown once more.  It seems people just cannot get enough of Mexican food which would be all right and proper if they were actually eating Mexican food which, in general, they are not.  Not anywhere outside Mexico. […]

Posted on 23. Mar, 2016 by .

What is Bread Angels other than a growing community of excellent bakers?

What is Bread Angels other than a growing community of excellent bakers?

Remember way back to 2009 when Virtuous Bread was launched as a social enterprise that makes it fun and easy to make and find and learn about good bread and in so doing to forge the link between bread and virtue?  Our objective remains the same today as it was then:  to effect positive social […]

Posted on 07. Mar, 2016 by .

Amazing recipe for cream cheese and chocolate sourdough swirls

Amazing recipe for cream cheese and chocolate sourdough swirls

Bearing in mind that yeast has only been widely used for the past 75 years or so, it becomes clear that everything before that was baked with a sourdough starter.  Ciabatta - yes!  Baguettes - yes!  Bagels  - yes!  and everything else in between including sweet and celebration bread and buns (sourdough hot crossed buns being […]

Posted on 25. Feb, 2016 by .

How to bake the perfect baguette – comparing four different recipes for delicious baguettes

How to bake the perfect baguette – comparing four different recipes for delicious baguettes

One of the most important things to remember in life is that there are many ways to do the same thing.  With a few exceptions - and these fall into the realm of science - life, the universe, and everything including recipes for bread are pretty flexible.  Bread is VERY flexible - something I tell […]

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

How to bake the perfect baguette – first place in the great baguette bake off

How to bake the perfect baguette – first place in the great baguette bake off

The moment you have been waiting for in the long drawn out series of posts on how to bake the perfect baguette!  Just a quick recap: Fourth Place - French Culinary Institute Third Place - Week end Bakery Second Place - Richard Bertinet First place goes to a baker I love, admire, and respect.  From […]

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

Perfect Everyday Bread for sandwiches and toast – made with sourdough

Perfect Everyday Bread for sandwiches and toast – made with sourdough

Do you think all there is to sourdough bread is holes, a thick crust, a chewy texture and acidic taste?  Although many people love that kind of sourdough bread, you would not be alone if you think that sounds unappealing.  Furthermore, how do you put jam or ham or honey or tuna on your bread […]

Posted on 16. Feb, 2016 by .

How to bake the perfect baguette – 2nd place in the baguette bake off!

How to bake the perfect baguette – 2nd place in the baguette bake off!

OK, so we are now into Lent.  No more cream, butter, eggs, sugar or anything nice until Hot Cross Buns, right?  WRONG. Thankfully good things come in simple packages when they are well made.  Good bread, with four simple ingredients, is delicious.  You would be amazed at how delicious flour, salt, water, and yeast can […]

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