Why should I soak seeds and grains before I bake bread?

Why should I soak seeds and grains before I bake bread?

Soaking things in water before cooking and baking with them is an oddly important tradition for many people in many parts of the world.  Certainly, in Germany, where my mother is from, you would never get seeds or grains in bread that had not been soaked first.  I do know know why it is not […]

Posted on 05. Nov, 2015 by .

Easy rye bread recipes

Easy rye bread recipes

It's fantastic that more and more people are becoming hip to rye bread.  Rye is tasty, good for you, provides a welcome alternative to wheat bread, and compliments certain food (smoked meat and fish, strong cheese) really well. The great thing is that baking with rye is really easy. There are a few characteristics of […]

Posted on 05. Nov, 2015 by .

Should I eat lard?

Should I eat lard?

Those who know me know I am a huge fan of lard.   Lard is 40% saturated fat to butter's 50%.  So if you eat butter you really should also be eating lard with a certain amount of gay abandon, unless you have a religious reason not to, of course, or if you are a […]

Posted on 04. Nov, 2015 by .

Simple recipe for delicious brioche

Simple recipe for delicious brioche

How do I make brioche? Making brioche is much easier than you would think.  It just takes time and a lot of energy.  Unless you have a machine and then it just takes time.  The trick is to knead the dough in two parts.  Here is what it looks like to do it in the […]

Posted on 03. Nov, 2015 by .

When is my sourdough starter ready?

When is my sourdough starter ready?

Further to the post about sourdough starters being ready where there are photos and some marvellous commentary, here's the very short movie that actually shows sourdough starter being spooned from the bowl and dribbled into the water. Don't coax it to float.  Spoon the refreshed sourdough starter up and dribble it in the glass of […]

Posted on 03. Nov, 2015 by .

What is malt and how is it used in baking bread?

What is malt and how is it used in baking bread?

A scholarly article about malt and its uses in baking bread by Paul Merry from Panary.  Thank you Paul! Students often ask me about malt. The home baker and anybody interested in the world of bread is aware of malt products, seeing flours at the supermarket that have added malt, enjoying the maltiness of granary […]

Posted on 22. Oct, 2015 by .

Is there a recipe for chocolate bread?

Is there a recipe for chocolate bread?

Oh yes it is and here is a simple recipe for chocolate bread in one of its many forms.  I am not sure what this little bun should be called.  Is this a recipe for a chocolate babka?  Or is it a recipe for a chocolate bullar (like the kanelbuller but with chocolate) or is […]

Posted on 18. Oct, 2015 by .

Micro bakers triumph at the World Bread Awards

Micro bakers triumph at the World Bread Awards

We are delighted again that two of the Bread Angels in our community of micro bakers have won five awards between them at the World Bread Awards.  It's brilliant and we are thrilled to have such talented bakers in our community of micro bakers. Juli Farkas was awarded prizes for her wholemeal sourdough loaf and her […]

Posted on 08. Oct, 2015 by .

Fat free, vegan, sourdough banana and blueberry muffins – yes you can!

Fat free, vegan, sourdough banana and blueberry muffins – yes you can!

There are many things you can do with sourdough beside making bread.  Sourdough scones (recipe here), is one of the things we make a lot and recently we have been experimenting with sourdough muffins and sourdough "quick breads" or "tea cakes". Among the benefits of baking bread with sourdough is that the flour goes through […]

Posted on 15. Aug, 2015 by .

Run a successful micro bakery today!

Run a successful micro bakery today!

One of the big ideas when the global HQ of Virtuous Bread was established back in January 2010 was that we needed support to change the world though bread.  As much as we were willing, we knew we could not do it on our own.  My friend Pete suggested we gather a "bread army" together […]

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