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Run a successful micro bakery today!

Run a successful micro bakery today!

Posted on 07. Aug, 2015 by .

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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Making bread in a wood fired oven

Making bread in a wood fired oven

Posted on 29. Jul, 2015 by .

Bustamente is a tiny town in the north of Mexico.  It has aspirations to be a "Pueblo Magico" - a "magic town" - a honour that is given by a national committee to towns that are either of great natural or architectural beauty, or historic importance or have lost of fun, high quality things to […]

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How do I get holes in my artisan bread

How do I get holes in my artisan bread

Posted on 07. Jul, 2015 by .

Holes are the holy grail of bread making for many and yet those pesky holes can be elusive.  There are various techniques you can follow to get the holes in your bread and in this post we will discuss your options. The five consistently necessary parts of achieving holes in your artisan bread are: 1. […]

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Simple recipe for “humish” – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Simple recipe for “humish” – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 07. Jul, 2015 by .

There are so many recipes for hummus (recipe for hummus) and most of them are fantastically easy and tasty.  I am no longer sure what authentic hummus is made of although garlic, chick peas, and tahini will always feature.  That is why I call this spread humish - it's like hummus, maybe it IS hummus […]

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Beautiful beetroot dip – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Beautiful beetroot dip – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

Beetroots are plentiful at any time of year and have the benefit of being inexpensive to buy and very easy to grow - even in pots!  This spread is bright wiath that fantastic purple beetroot colour and uses one of my favourite herbs of all time:  tarragon.  There are various types of tarragon (you can […]

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Simple and delicious smoked salmon pate – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Simple and delicious smoked salmon pate – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 08. Jun, 2015 by .

Smoked salmon is one of life's luxuries, that is true.  Did you know, however, that you can get packaged "scraps" of smoked salmon for far less than the full slice, separated by sheets of plastic, smoked salmon?  It's true!  And whilst you cannot elegantly lay them over pieces of pumpernickel, you can scramble them into […]

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Easy recipe for bread with plantain

Easy recipe for bread with plantain

Posted on 31. May, 2015 by .

According to Wikipedia, plantains have a similar taste to potatoes.  I am not sure that is true (in fact I am sure it's NOT true) but what is true is that they are eaten, in the tropics, the same was we northeners eat potatoes:  fried, as crisps or chips, mashed, roasted...they are the starch of […]

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Vegetarian foie gras – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Vegetarian foie gras – another recipe from Bread and Spread

Posted on 28. May, 2015 by .

This recipe is a total delight.  I call it Ursi's Lentil Foie Gras because Ursi gave it to me.  You can make a vegetarian or a vegan version.  Beware, if you make the vegetarian version (with butter) nobody will believe it is vegetarian.  Least of all the meat eaters in your life.  This is the […]

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Simple “no knead” recipe for Crusty Artisan Bread

Simple “no knead” recipe for Crusty Artisan Bread

Posted on 07. May, 2015 by .

Recently, the lovely Steven Croft contacted me to get some bread chat about kneading.  It was a really interesting question (to knead or not to knead) because, whilst I DO it, I am not sure why I DO it.  I mean, I know the science of it.  I know what happens while you knead.  I […]

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New recipe for easy hot cross bun braided loaf

New recipe for easy hot cross bun braided loaf

Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by .

It's Hot Cross Bun week and I confess I got a bit tired of rolling buns and crossing them.  In a fit of lethargy I decided to make a braided Hot Cross Bun loaf instead. It's fantastic and, like challah, perfect for breaking up by hand and sharing, covered with butter for eating of course! […]

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