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How do I make vegan bread

How do I make vegan bread

Posted on 06. Jul, 2016 by .

Is bread vegan?  If it is plain old bread, yes it is given that it is made of flour, water, salt and yeast.  Sweet bread, on the other hand is typically enriched with milk, eggs, and butter.  Not vegan.  Not at all.  What do you do if you are vegan?  If you refuse to eat […]

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

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

Posted on 07. Mar, 2016 by .

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 […]

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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

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

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 […]

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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

Posted on 22. Feb, 2016 by .

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 […]

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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!

Posted on 10. Feb, 2016 by .

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 […]

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

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

Posted on 03. Feb, 2016 by .

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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Simple recipe for rye and spelt sourdough bread with caraway seeds

Simple recipe for rye and spelt sourdough bread with caraway seeds

Posted on 21. Jan, 2016 by .

I confess, I am not a fan of caraway seeds.  I think maybe I over loaded on them when I was a child, or maybe I never liked them.  Recently, however, I have used them in cooking (rather than baking) as they are called for in my recipe for cabbage rolls (which I LOVE) and […]

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Easy recipe for San Francisco Sourdough (holes included)

Easy recipe for San Francisco Sourdough (holes included)

Posted on 14. Jan, 2016 by .

Everyone wants to bake San Francisco sourdough - they want the challenge, they want the flavour, they want the texture and most of all, they want the HOLES! There are hundreds of recipes for San Francisco Sourdough bread.  Some call for 100% wheat and some call for a wheat/rye dough.  The "sour to flour" ratio […]

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Recipe for delicious whole meal sourdough bread

Recipe for delicious whole meal sourdough bread

Posted on 14. Jan, 2016 by .

If you love whole meal bread and you love sourdough bread you will love this easy recipe for delicious and  surprisingly light whole meal sourdough bread.  You can bake this with spelt or wheat flour and, although I used a white wheat sourdough starter because that is what I have, you can use a whole […]

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

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

Posted on 05. Nov, 2015 by .

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 […]

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