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

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

Posted on 16. Jun, 2016 by .

Sorry for the delay, dear readers, in announcing the winner of the great ciabatta bake off.  Life had kind of gotten on top of us here at the Global HQ of Virtuousbread.  Now, we are back and raring to go, write, bake, do the new cook book and maybe rest a bit in the summer! […]

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How to bake the perfect ciabatta – second place in the great ciabatta bake off

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – second place in the great ciabatta bake off

Posted on 02. May, 2016 by .

"Excellent flavour...chewy, I like chewy.....holes not too big....nice crust."  Second place in the great ciabatta bake off goes to....the recipe we used at La Puerta Abierta bakery in Mexico City. This recipe does have a biga, like the third prize winner and unlike the ciabatta that came in fourth place.  Unlike any of the recipes […]

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How to bake the perfect ciabatta – third place in the great ciabatta bake off

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – third place in the great ciabatta bake off

Posted on 29. Apr, 2016 by .

"Ahhh,".....they said.....,"this one has more flavour...and is more chewy" and so it was, the third prize in the great ciabatta bake off was announced. Hard on the heels of the fourth place winner, comes the ciabatta recipe from the American Culinary Institute.  It used to be called the French Culinary Institute and their excellent bread […]

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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

Posted on 14. Apr, 2016 by .

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, and the crust was "a little soft".  That being said, it's very easy to prepare. Like all […]

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

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

Posted on 07. Apr, 2016 by .

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 […]

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What makes Mexican food so good?

What makes Mexican food so good?

Posted on 23. Mar, 2016 by .

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. […]

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

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

Posted on 07. Mar, 2016 by .

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 […]

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Amazing recipe for cream cheese and chocolate sourdough swirls

Amazing recipe for cream cheese and chocolate sourdough swirls

Posted on 25. Feb, 2016 by .

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 […]

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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

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

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 […]

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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

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

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 […]

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