Change the world through bread whichever way you look at it

Change the world through bread whichever way you look at it

"I am a human being, but on the strength of my imagination - tied as it is - I can be a bridge" Hannah Hoch wrote this in her diaries.  She was a German artist who was born at the end of the 19th century and who died at the end of the twentieth.  Her […]

Posted on 25. Feb, 2014 by .

National Toast Day!

National Toast Day!

It's national toast day and here at the global headquarters of Virtuous Bread we make it national REAL TOAST day!  We are celebrating by having toasted rye and whole wheat sourdough toast with schmaltz on it.  Huzzah!  Note the crispy edges in the photo?  Real toast does not have any sugar in it so it […]

Posted on 25. Feb, 2014 by .

Can I make sourdough focaccia?

Can I make sourdough focaccia?

This is the single most popular question when I do a talk on sourdough - "can I make sourdough focaccia?" and the answer is of course - YES! Remember, we only learned how to cultivate yeast in the mid 1800s and we have been baking for thousands of years.  So - you can make ANYTHING […]

Posted on 23. Feb, 2014 by .

Can you make sourdough croissants?

Can you make sourdough croissants?

Can you make croissants out of sourdough? The Weston A Price Foundation conference in London is coming up soon.  Some Bread Angels are getting together to deliver an "introduction to sourdough" workshop and this has inspired me to tackle some far out sourdough projects.  The answer to the question is:  Of course you can!  You […]

Posted on 27. Jan, 2014 by .

Real bread changes lives – especially when it’s Italian bread

Real bread changes lives – especially when it’s Italian bread

Italian bread is perfect for sharing.  Whether it is tearing apart big fluffy-crispy focaccia at a party or dipping grissini into a communal bowl of something lovely or arguing loudly about how to fry garlic while you rip up ciabatta to mop up the sauce on your plate.....(I have begun to dribble). This week at […]

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

Helping refugee women through bread

Helping refugee women through bread

Just Bread's objective is to help refugees develop economic autonomy so they can make a positive contribution to the UK more quickly. Click below to help us buy a new oven - our current oven is small and, frankly, a bit rubbish for bread.   Click below to help us pay the amazing Bread Angel […]

Posted on 20. Jan, 2014 by .

Working with vulnerable people through bread

Working with vulnerable people through bread

Nearly one year ago I received an e mail from a woman called Liz Siena.  She is an American who has long lived in London and who volunteers at a centre for refugee women in South London.  She found Virtuous Bread because she had an idea... “Wouldn’t it be nice to help (a refugee woman) […]

Posted on 17. Jan, 2014 by .

What is a Rosca de Rayes and how do you make it?

What is a Rosca de Rayes and how do you make it?

Rosca de  Reyes is bread that Mexicans bake and eat to celebrate epiphany.  All over the world, epiphany is celebrated with special bread - enriched with butter, eggs, or milk; packed with dried fruit; or enhanced with spices - or all of the above!  The Mexican version is a very rich bread, flavoured with orange […]

Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by .

English bakers delight Sardinians at the Sagra Del Pane festival

English bakers delight Sardinians at the Sagra Del Pane festival

Bread Angel Lisa Wilson and a group of volunteer angels returned from Sardinia late last year where they were baking at the annual Sagra Del Pane festival in Villaurbana, Sardinia.  Their floury activities were part of a cultural youth exchange run in conjunction with the British Council's Youth In Action Scheme.  Lisa reports back from a […]

Posted on 06. Jan, 2014 by .

Sweet faux-caccia – an easy bread recipe for Christmas morning (or any morning…)

Sweet faux-caccia – an easy bread recipe for Christmas morning (or any morning…)

Further to discovering that no knead faux-caccia is just as delicious as focaccia (and even easier) I got to thinking about breakfast faux-caccia, slightly sweet and buttery, with cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts....Something you can pop into the oven on Christmas morning to delight your friends and family.  Something amazing, christmassy, sweet, and colourful.  Something […]

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