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Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

Posted on 19. Sep, 2016 by .

The School of Artisan Food and Virtuous Bread are delighted to launch the first annual Small Food Awards. These awards will celebrate small, professional food producers in the UK who are often on the leading edge of innovation and excellence in the food industry. In 2016 we have seven categories including chocolate, bread, charcuterie, cheese, viennoiserie, beer and cider. Entrants must meet the […]

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The mental health benefits of baking your own bread

The mental health benefits of baking your own bread

Posted on 17. Sep, 2016 by .

Hand made bread is delicious and, thankfully, it's much easer to buy it than it used to be.  Consumers' interest in high quality, small batch, local products is large and growing - in fact it's one of the main food trends and will continue for the next decade.  Small producers are at the leading edge […]

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The language of lack and longing

The language of lack and longing

Posted on 10. Aug, 2016 by .

Many people focus on what they don't have.  You may know them: everything about what they say and what they do reinforces how their life is incomplete.  In general, they speak one of two languages:  the language of lack or the language of longing.  The language of longing has about it a kind of sadness […]

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Three MORE micro bakers joined the Bread Angels recently

Three MORE micro bakers joined the Bread Angels recently

Posted on 09. Aug, 2016 by .

It's been a bit of a hectic spring with one thing and another.  A spring that has had me reaching for the mixing bowl rather a lot, so I have been a bit derelict in my duties as the cheerleader in chief for all Bread Angels, and especially the new ones.  In addition to the […]

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Three new Bread Angels fly the nest…Just Saying!

Three new Bread Angels fly the nest…Just Saying!

Posted on 08. Aug, 2016 by .

Welcome to our three newest micro bakers.  Susanna from Wimbledon, Laura from Dalston and Sarah from Folkestone.  They have their wings!  Good bread in these communities flying your way soon..... Would you like to have your own micro bakery?  Earn money doing what you love and building your local community?  Sign up for the micro […]

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How do I store my sourdough starter?

How do I store my sourdough starter?

Posted on 06. Jul, 2016 by .

I recently received a question about keeping sourdough starters.  The writer had the sad experience that his starter went mouldy and died.  What, he asked, could he do to prevent this from happening given that he uses his starter once every couple of weeks.  I have written about making and using starters and this made […]

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How do I make vegan bread?

How do I make vegan bread?

Posted on 06. Jul, 2016 by .

Is bread vegan?  If it is plain old bread, yes it is given that it is made of flour, water, salt and yeast.  Sweet bread, on the other hand is typically enriched with milk, eggs, and butter.  Not vegan.  Not at all.  What do you do if you are vegan?  If you refuse to eat […]

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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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