The Great British Bake Off starts today!

The Great British Bake Off starts today!

Sorry, missed the "one day to go to the Great British Bake Off" post as nothing much was happening with the 1857 sourdough.  It sat around all day - a pre-dough fermenting quietly away developing flavour and becoming easier and easier to digest. Last night I added 830 grams of white wheat flour, 50 g […]

Posted on 06. Aug, 2014 by .

Two days to go to the Great British Bake Off

Two days to go to the Great British Bake Off

I am no nearer remembering whether it's the badger of the North, the fox of the midlands or the silver bear - anyone can help me?  In any case, the point is that I AM nearer (1 day nearer) to making my GBBO bread - ready for the launch of 2014 GBBO.  Bake along!  The […]

Posted on 04. Aug, 2014 by .

Three days to go to the Great British Bake Off!

Three days to go to the Great British Bake Off!

So....bread that takes three days to make?  NOT A PROBLEM!  With the 1857 sourdough it takes at least 3 days to make bread (it's a plan in advance and sit around and wait sort of bread).  So, without further ado, day minus three to the GBBO: Refresh the 1857 sourdough: More interested in bread than […]

Posted on 03. Aug, 2014 by .

Recipe for fat free scones

Recipe for fat free scones

These are "scones" rather than scones and - you know what - I  like them even better! The refreshed sourdough takes the place of the fat so the "scones" do not rise as much as scones in which butter exploding in the flour as it melts helps to create layers of air in the dough […]

Posted on 19. Jul, 2014 by .

The all new sourdough faux-caccia

The all new sourdough faux-caccia

Remember faux-caccia? The easiest recipe in the world for focaccia?  A simple and delicious recipe for focaccia?  Well, it struck me, there is no reason why it cannot be a simple and delicious recipe for sourdough focaccia.  Or faux-caccia... Caution:  this post is short! Ingredients: 25 g rye sourdough starter (from the vat of sleeping […]

Posted on 18. Jul, 2014 by .

Simple and Delicious No Knead Pizza Dough Recipe

Simple and Delicious No Knead Pizza Dough Recipe

No Knead dough is perfect for pizza!  Do you want pizza for dinner?  It takes a second to make the dough first thing in the morning and then you can put it in the fridge and let it sit around all day. Do you want pizza for lunch?  It takes a second to make the […]

Posted on 06. Jul, 2014 by .

Easy and delicious pizzas from Alpine Germany!

Easy and delicious pizzas from Alpine Germany!

These squashy, ovalish flattish pizza-like things are just perfect for sharing with your friends while you watch Germany play in the World Cup.  They are simple to make and if you prepare the dough now you can put it in the fridge until tomorrow when you are ready to use it. The dough is typically […]

Posted on 29. Jun, 2014 by .

Uruguay Bites

Uruguay Bites

Sorry!  Had to be done.... This recipe for easy and delicious bread from Uruguay is dedicated to the Uruguay foot ball team for its plucky performance in the WC and, of course, to Luis Suarez Chavez for his on-field performance as a Hannibal Lector wannabe.  Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado I bring you Vigilantes: […]

Posted on 25. Jun, 2014 by .

Simple and delicious Russian bread to celebrate the World Cup!

Simple and delicious Russian bread to celebrate the World Cup!

Bublik are the Russian equivalent to bagels.  The difference is that they are a little smaller and slightly sweet.  In Russia they have always been sold by the dozen, strung on a string.  In some rural communities you still see them sold that way.  Eaten as a pastry with a cup of coffee or tea, […]

Posted on 16. Jun, 2014 by .

Easy recipe for delicious Croatian bread Lepinja to celebrate the world cup!

Easy recipe for delicious Croatian bread Lepinja to celebrate the world cup!

Further to the free recipe for Brazilian cheese buns to get you in the mood for the World Cup, I thought I would play fair by offering a Croatian bread too.  This is delicious bread  is called Lepinja and it is like a fat pita bread.  You can cut open and stuff with things (think […]

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