Archive for 'Bread and conversation'

Bread and Spread – the new book by Jane Mason

Bread and Spread – the new book by Jane Mason

Posted on 24. May, 2015 by .

Since publishing All You Knead Is Bread and The Book of Buns, I have been busy in the food writing world!  November 2014 saw the publication of Mexico - The Cookbook for which I was the contributing editor, perfecting my Mexican cookery skills along the way.  May 2015 sees the publication of Homemade Sourdough.  So, […]

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What is in your bag of bread?

What is in your bag of bread?

Posted on 16. May, 2015 by .

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 […]

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Simple “no knead” recipe for Crusty Artisan Bread

Simple “no knead” recipe for Crusty Artisan Bread

Posted on 07. May, 2015 by .

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 […]

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Baking bread in Hackney, East London

Baking bread in Hackney, East London

Posted on 30. Apr, 2015 by .

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 […]

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Can I freeze bread? (includes a free recipe for raisin bread!)

Can I freeze bread? (includes a free recipe for raisin bread!)

Posted on 16. Apr, 2015 by .

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 […]

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A very real, live and kicking global bread group gets baking!

A very real, live and kicking global bread group gets baking!

Posted on 06. Apr, 2015 by .

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 […]

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New recipe for easy hot cross bun braided loaf

New recipe for easy hot cross bun braided loaf

Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by .

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! […]

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How do I use my refreshed sourdough?

How do I use my refreshed sourdough?

Posted on 24. Mar, 2015 by .

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 […]

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How do I know when my sourdough is ready?

How do I know when my sourdough is ready?

Posted on 20. Mar, 2015 by .

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 […]

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Fantastic mother’s day gift – the one that keeps on giving!

Fantastic mother’s day gift – the one that keeps on giving!

Posted on 23. Feb, 2015 by .

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 […]

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