What is Bread Angels other than a growing community of excellent bakers?

What is Bread Angels other than a growing community of excellent bakers?

Remember way back to 2009 when Virtuous Bread was launched as a social enterprise that makes it fun and easy to make and find and learn about good bread and in so doing to forge the link between bread and virtue?  Our objective remains the same today as it was then:  to effect positive social […]

Posted on 07. Mar, 2016 by .

Amazing recipe for cream cheese and chocolate sourdough swirls

Amazing recipe for cream cheese and chocolate sourdough swirls

Bearing in mind that yeast has only been widely used for the past 75 years or so, it becomes clear that everything before that was baked with a sourdough starter.  Ciabatta - yes!  Baguettes - yes!  Bagels  - yes!  and everything else in between including sweet and celebration bread and buns (sourdough hot crossed buns being […]

Posted on 25. Feb, 2016 by .

How to bake the perfect baguette – comparing four different recipes for delicious baguettes

How to bake the perfect baguette – comparing four different recipes for delicious baguettes

One of the most important things to remember in life is that there are many ways to do the same thing.  With a few exceptions - and these fall into the realm of science - life, the universe, and everything including recipes for bread are pretty flexible.  Bread is VERY flexible - something I tell […]

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

How to bake the perfect baguette – first place in the great baguette bake off

How to bake the perfect baguette – first place in the great baguette bake off

The moment you have been waiting for in the long drawn out series of posts on how to bake the perfect baguette!  Just a quick recap: Fourth Place - French Culinary Institute Third Place - Week end Bakery Second Place - Richard Bertinet First place goes to a baker I love, admire, and respect.  From […]

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

Perfect Everyday Bread for sandwiches and toast – made with sourdough

Perfect Everyday Bread for sandwiches and toast – made with sourdough

Do you think all there is to sourdough bread is holes, a thick crust, a chewy texture and acidic taste?  Although many people love that kind of sourdough bread, you would not be alone if you think that sounds unappealing.  Furthermore, how do you put jam or ham or honey or tuna on your bread […]

Posted on 16. Feb, 2016 by .

How to bake the perfect baguette – 2nd place in the baguette bake off!

How to bake the perfect baguette – 2nd place in the baguette bake off!

OK, so we are now into Lent.  No more cream, butter, eggs, sugar or anything nice until Hot Cross Buns, right?  WRONG. Thankfully good things come in simple packages when they are well made.  Good bread, with four simple ingredients, is delicious.  You would be amazed at how delicious flour, salt, water, and yeast can […]

Posted on 10. Feb, 2016 by .

Great recipe for sourdough pita bread

Great recipe for sourdough pita bread

Taking a break from the baguette bake off, and returning for a moment to sharing a few, select recipes from Perfecting Sourdough, and in response to one reader's question, here is a recipe for wonderful, sourdough pita bread. Ingredients 70 g wheat sourdough starter from the vat in the fridge 520 g white wheat flour […]

Posted on 05. Feb, 2016 by .

Third place in the search for the best baguette recipe

Third place in the search for the best baguette recipe

Beating the fourth place winner in the search for the best baguette recipe by quite a margin comes the recipe for baguettes from the Week End Bakery. These baguettes taste great, have a pleasant crumb, and a nice thin crust. However - my hat goes off to whoever can shape these with plain flour.  I could […]

Posted on 05. Feb, 2016 by .

Fourth place in the search for the best baguette recipe

Fourth place in the search for the best baguette recipe

This baguette recipe is based on one from the French Culinary Institute's (now called the International Culinary Centre located in the USA) bread book entitled, "The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking".  It's the Poolish Baguette on p 101.  It's not in fourth place in the search for the best baguette recipe because it's bad […]

Posted on 04. Feb, 2016 by .

The great baguette bake off – how to bake the perfect baguette

The great baguette bake off – how to bake the perfect baguette

To bake the perfect baguette you first need to know what you expect:  The flyaway crust that scatters crumbs everywhere?  The deep golden colour with perfectly exploding slash marks?  Nice open crumb?  Slightly chewy texture?  Strong flavour with a hint of acidity?  And then, there is its purpose:  Slicing thinly to make tapas (better use […]

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