Archive for 'Bread and conversation'

Improve your mental health by baking bread

Improve your mental health by baking bread

Posted on 21. Nov, 2017 by .

We are beginning to prove conclusively that baking bread, at least in part by hand, has a positive impact on mental health.  Without scientific evidence, we at the global HQ of Virtuous Bread, the Bread Angels, and the thousands of people we have taught to bake bread over the years can give anecdotal evidence to […]

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You can change the world through bread

You can change the world through bread

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 by .

We founded Virtuous Bread in 2010 to change the world through bread. Since that time many of the Bread Angels, and others associated with Virtuous Bread have baked in prisons and old people's homes, street shelters and schools. We have baked for charity and in hospices to comfort the ill. Recently, one of the Bread […]

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Bread Angels strike gold at the World Bread Awards

Bread Angels strike gold at the World Bread Awards

Posted on 12. Nov, 2017 by .

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.  […]

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Three of the best bakery hacks for you!

Three of the best bakery hacks for you!

Posted on 29. Sep, 2017 by .

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 […]

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Bread is a winner at the Great Taste Awards 2017

Bread is a winner at the Great Taste Awards 2017

Posted on 04. Aug, 2017 by .

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 […]

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Delicious 100 % rye bread – more questions answered

Delicious 100 % rye bread – more questions answered

Posted on 24. Jul, 2017 by .

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 […]

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Easy recipe for ciabatta with potato, rosemary and beetroot

Easy recipe for ciabatta with potato, rosemary and beetroot

Posted on 10. Jul, 2017 by .

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 […]

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Bread Angels get together for a reunion

Bread Angels get together for a reunion

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 by .

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 […]

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A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

Posted on 21. Apr, 2017 by .

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 […]

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Simple recipe for home made marzipan

Simple recipe for home made marzipan

Posted on 16. Mar, 2017 by .

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 […]

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