The best bread courses in London and the UK

The best bread courses in London and the UK

I say it without blushing or bleating:  Our bread courses are the best you will find. You can simply believe me and book a bread course here or buy a gift voucher for someone you know this Christmas, or you can read on ... There are several reasons why our bread courses are the best […]

Posted on 14. Dec, 2013 by .

What does it mean to be brave?

What does it mean to be brave?

In a digression from posts about bread, today's is a short post about virtue - the other half of Virtuous Bread, the organisation that has its roots in insomnia, sourdough obsession, and The Virtue Project, which determined that virtue is the set of behaviours we see when we are forming and maintaining progressive and positive […]

Posted on 06. Dec, 2013 by .

Easy recipe for delicious stuffing

Easy recipe for delicious stuffing

Got stale bread?  Wait!  Don't throw it away!  You can use stale bread for many things and this post is all about using stale bread to make stuffing for meat, fish, or vegetables.  It takes about 3 minutes, uses ingredients that are easy to find and tastes delicious.  And it uses up stale bread.  So […]

Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by .

Breakfast with chia seed bread

Breakfast with chia seed bread

The tasty bits of this week's bread were more or less left overs.  With my parents gone after a two week stay, the house was virtually emptied of chia seeds and there was more keffir than you could shake a stick at.  With the best will in the world I would need to buy more […]

Posted on 18. Nov, 2013 by .

Easy recipe for no knead bread and tips on how to open a microbakery – all at the Real Bread Festival!

Easy recipe for no knead bread and tips on how to open a microbakery – all at the Real Bread Festival!

By all accounts the Real Bread Festival at Old Spitalfields Market in early November was a massive success!  Well we old lags remember last year when we were nearly blown away on the South Bank!  Not this year!  No, this year everyone was warm and dry (and protected from the wind) in the market.  A […]

Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by .

How do I use a proofing basket?

How do I use a proofing basket?

A long time ago I wrote a post about the difference between proofing in a basket and proofing in a tin.  Since then I have received lots of questions about proofing baskets.  The top five questions about proofing baskets are: 1.  Where do I buy proofing baskets? 2.  Do I bake in the proofing basket? […]

Posted on 10. Nov, 2013 by .

Easy Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Easy Recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is a classic Irish bread.  This simple recipe for soda bread is ready in 30 minutes and is perfect for when you do not have a lot of time, when you have run out of bread or when unexpected guests show up for lunch!  Delicious and satisfying, it compliments any meal with its simple elegance. […]

Posted on 07. Nov, 2013 by .

David Cameron and the cost of bread

David Cameron and the cost of bread

Poor David Cameron - he just isn't Margaret Thatcher who famously knew the price of everything both because she was a shop keeper's daughter and because she remained very connected to the everyday concerns of people trying to manage on a budget.  David Cameron, on the other hand, has shown that he has not bought […]

Posted on 05. Oct, 2013 by .

What is stone ground flour?

What is stone ground flour?

What is the difference between stone ground flour and industrially ground flour?  I get this question a lot and it's a great question and a really important question given that flour is the main event in bread!  Simply put, stone ground flour is flour that is made when a miller grinds grain between two stones. […]

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by .

Is bread vegetarian?

Is bread vegetarian?

When you think about bread you could be forgiven for thinking automatically that it is vegetarian.  Flour, water, salt and yeast-what's the problem?  In an earlier post we discussed how added gluten may well be from animal sources so you need to read the label to find out if the bread you buy has added […]

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