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Cotehele is a National Trust Mill in Cornwall with lovely stone ground flour

Cotehele is a National Trust Mill in Cornwall with lovely stone ground flour

Posted on 23. Aug, 2012 by .

Cotehele is a gorgeous mansion in Cornwall just over the watery border that divides Devon and Corwall close to the South Coast.  A stone's throw, by rail, from Plymouth, this is truly a great day out.  Take the train from Plymouth and, shortly after you leave Bere Alston station you cross the river on a […]

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What is in your bag of flour (part one)….

What is in your bag of flour (part one)….

Posted on 07. Feb, 2012 by .

What is flour?  Flour is ground up grain, right? You may be shocked to learn that this is not necessarily fully so.  On a recent trip to Canada I took the time to read the ingredients on the back of a flour bag.  It is a national brand, an institution, in fact, called Robin Hood.  […]

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Learn to bake bread in Belfast

Learn to bake bread in Belfast

Posted on 26. Aug, 2011 by .

A couple of weeks ago I went to Belfast for the very first time.  I went at the invitation of Lynne McClelland who loves bread and wanted to become a bread angel.  A couple of other lovely ladies had heard about Virtuous Bread and wanted to learn to bake sourdough.  So, we structured a couple […]

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What is Italian 00 flour?

What is Italian 00 flour?

Posted on 28. Jun, 2011 by .

One of the questions I am frequently asked is, "what is 00 flour and how does it compare to English flour?"  This is swiftly followed by, "I am making focaccia/ciabatta/white bread out of the strong, stone ground English bread flour that you suggested I use and it is not turning into the Italian bread of […]

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Teens love baking – it’s official – it’s “sick” (that’s a good thing…)

Teens love baking – it’s official – it’s “sick” (that’s a good thing…)

Posted on 03. May, 2011 by .

What to do with teens over a week end at the end of school holidays.  Been there, done that - nothing exciting to do ever again.  Mope Mope Mope Mope Mope - is anyone familiar with this story or is it just us? Last week end teen terrors were at their zenith - as were […]

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The strangely mesmerising water wheel at Cann Mill

The strangely mesmerising water wheel at Cann Mill

Posted on 08. Nov, 2010 by .

A video of the water wheel that provides 25% of the power needed at Cann Mill, home of Stoate's flour

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If you must eat white bread at least buy good flour

If you must eat white bread at least buy good flour

Posted on 08. Nov, 2010 by .

There are three good reasons to buy stone ground flour....

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Need vitamin B to ward off alzheimers?  Eat virtuous bread.

Need vitamin B to ward off alzheimers? Eat virtuous bread.

Posted on 09. Sep, 2010 by .

Good bread is an excellent source of the B vitamins, now believed to be critical in the fight against alzheimers.

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Miller in the headlamps:  Michael Stoate from Cann Mills

Miller in the headlamps: Michael Stoate from Cann Mills

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 by .

The first known survey of England was completed in 1086.  That survey, presented as The Domesday Book, records a water mill on the site of the present day Cann Mills.  Today the mill is modern, although it still uses water for 25% of its power needs, and stones to mill grain into the flour that […]

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Decline and fall of the UK bread culture

Decline and fall of the UK bread culture

Posted on 22. Jul, 2010 by .

Andrew and his wife Sybille farm Andrew's family farm up in Northumberland.  Taking the farm organic and researching exactly what strains of wheat, rye, and spelt he wanted to grow on it was a multi year process for Andrew, one that took him all over the world and back to university.  Having succeeded, against all […]

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