Archive for August, 2013

What is dark rye flour?

What is dark rye flour?

Posted on 30. Aug, 2013 by .

It is an odd convention that rye flour is called "dark rye" and "light rye" rather than "whole meal rye" or "whole rye" and "white rye".  Maybe that is because rye flour is kind of "greige" (greyish-beige) and so the name "white rye" did not stick.  Then again "white flour" is now exclusively used to […]

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What is vegetarian bread?

What is vegetarian bread?

Posted on 28. Aug, 2013 by .

Is bread vegetarian?  I can hear you ask the question!  In the main, of course, it is.  However, vegetarians and vegans do need to be very careful if they buy the industrial loaf because industrial bakers often add a flour improver called  L-Cysteine that can be made from animal sources (feathers, fur, pig bristles) including […]

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Ideas for great packed lunches

Ideas for great packed lunches

Posted on 27. Aug, 2013 by .

What should I put in my child's lunch box?  It's confusing and difficult to know what to put into a packed lunch.  You want your kids to actually eat their lunch.  You want to pack a healthy lunch.  You want them to have variety and your kid wants a cool packed lunch.  Look no further […]

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Recipe for conchas – a famous Mexican pan dulce

Recipe for conchas – a famous Mexican pan dulce

Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 by .

If you can make brioche you can make conchas and here is a really easy recipe for conchas which are made of an enriched dough (not quite as enriched by a true recipe for brioche but not far off) that is shaped into balls and topped it with something akin to pastry.  Really very delicious […]

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Where can I get good bread in Mexico

Where can I get good bread in Mexico

Posted on 21. Aug, 2013 by .

There is a ray of light, a great bakery has opened up in Monterrey.... Where can I buy good bread in Mexico?  Buying bread in Mexico is easy, but buying good bread - real bread - is hard.  This is not just a stylistic thing, this is a taste and health thing and the lack […]

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Mexico’s health crisis

Mexico’s health crisis

Posted on 21. Aug, 2013 by .

Sorry folks, what started as a write up of a great bakery in Monterrey and ended as a bit of a rant.  Stay tuned to read about a great bakery in Monterrey doing their amazing bit to create dignified employment and sell great bread to the lucky people who live there. But until then, read […]

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Setting up a micro bakery means building up a community

Setting up a micro bakery means building up a community

Posted on 09. Aug, 2013 by .

Virtuous Bread helps people make and find and learn about good bread and in so doing to forge the link between bread and virtue.  The 3 years of operation have seen countless posts about bread, flour, milling and baking; bread baking recipes,  videos, and books; thoughtful speeches, challenges, and rants at events around the world; […]

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The daily bread for ex offenders

The daily bread for ex offenders

Posted on 08. Aug, 2013 by .

In March 2013, Virtuous Bread received funding from Ex Cell and the Hope Foundation to give the Bread Angel course 6 ex offenders, teaching them the essentials of  setting up a micro bakery.  Here we catch up with one of them, Francesca Barker, The Barker Baker. In one word, how would you describe your life […]

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How do I use a Sarpaneva pot

How do I use a Sarpaneva pot

Posted on 06. Aug, 2013 by .

I go to Sweden a lot to visit friends, bake and keep learning about bread.  My friend Kat has been eating and discussing bread with me enthusiastically for years and on a recent trip to Sweden we were baking again.  There is a great tradition of baking in all of the Nordic countries, including Sweden of […]

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Is wheat bad for me?

Is wheat bad for me?

Posted on 05. Aug, 2013 by .

I despise bad science, simplistic argument, and attention grabbing headlines.  Truly I do.  And that is why I despise this article on wheat by the "Real Pharmacy".  I know that the best way to loathe something is probably to NOT write about it, respond to it, or otherwise draw attention to it but it is […]

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