Tag Archives: Bread Angels

What are the benefits of having a micro bakery

What are the benefits of having a micro bakery

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

Why did I set up Virtuous Bread? I love baking bread - CHECK I am good at making bread, teaching baking, and running a business (by dint of the fact that I have customers and a business that is profitable) - CHECK I can get paid for baking bread and teaching others to bake bread […]

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The true meaning of success

The true meaning of success

Posted on 09. May, 2014 by .

This past week end I went to my high school reunion.  It was a BIG year and yet at the drinks reception there were only about 6 of us (maybe 10% of everyone who could have come) and at the lunch on Saturday I was the only one from my class.  People at the reunion […]

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Easter faux-caccia (or no knead hot cross “buns”)

Easter faux-caccia (or no knead hot cross “buns”)

Posted on 12. Apr, 2014 by .

Home made hot cross buns are absolutely delicious but they are, I confess, a little fiddly and not for everyone.  To that end, I have been experimenting with baking the simplest EVER hot cross buns that require almost no work and are, yet, completely lush.  And here they are the no knead easter faux-caccia hot […]

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Francesca Barker – The Barker Baker talks drug addiction, crime, and baking

Francesca Barker – The Barker Baker talks drug addiction, crime, and baking

Posted on 09. Apr, 2014 by .

"Soda bread is my specialty...it sounds geeky but I just love the feel of dough." Bread really can change lives.  Francesca Barker took a micro bakery course last year and it changed her life.  Listen to her story here. You can read more about Francesca here and if you are inspired to become a micro […]

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The growth of the micro bakery in the UK

The growth of the micro bakery in the UK

Posted on 22. Mar, 2014 by .

Micro businesses are an important segment of the business population in the UK.  They are technically defined as businesses with fewer than 10 employees and less than 2 million euros of turnover.  2 million euros?  I'll take that (or half that or a tenth of that) and be running a business on whose profits I […]

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National Toast Day!

National Toast Day!

Posted on 25. Feb, 2014 by .

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 […]

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Can I make sourdough focaccia?

Can I make sourdough focaccia?

Posted on 23. Feb, 2014 by .

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 […]

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Can you make sourdough croissants?

Can you make sourdough croissants?

Posted on 27. Jan, 2014 by .

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 […]

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

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

Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by .

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 […]

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English bakers delight Sardinians at the Sagra Del Pane festival

English bakers delight Sardinians at the Sagra Del Pane festival

Posted on 06. Jan, 2014 by .

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 […]

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