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A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

Posted on 21. Apr, 2017 by .

How do I get those big holes in my bread?  That is a question we often get from students.  In fact, we get it so quickly that there is a post dedicated to it. Hint:  the secret is wet dough, plenty of stretching and folding, and a fair bit of degassing too. However, those of […]

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Easy recipe for date and walnut bread

Easy recipe for date and walnut bread

Posted on 15. Mar, 2017 by .

Want a change from raisin bread?  Try baking this absolutely delicious date and walnut bread for breakfast instead.  The tips for making it super tasty include scalding the dates and dry roasting the walnuts before you add them.  Scalding the dates makes them sticky and gooey which produces a moist, chewy crumb.  Dry roasting the […]

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On going training is the best way to learn

On going training is the best way to learn

Posted on 19. Feb, 2017 by .

My bakery training did not take place at college.  This is a well known fact about me and it is partly what enables me to be a great baker and a great teacher.  I have seen a lot and I have been trained by great bakers all over the world.  From Cambodia and Canada, where […]

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The lovers’ window – beautiful buns from Iraq to delight everyone – last of the Banned Buns

The lovers’ window – beautiful buns from Iraq to delight everyone – last of the Banned Buns

Posted on 05. Feb, 2017 by .

There is a beautiful bun from Iraq called shubbak el habayeb.  This translates into the Lovers' Window which I think is the nicest name of any bread in the whole world.  We need more love and we need more windows into other cultures so let's bake these and take them to protests and refugee centres, […]

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Celebrate with your neighbours and have these Syrian buns called Sfeeha

Celebrate with your neighbours and have these Syrian buns called Sfeeha

Posted on 04. Feb, 2017 by .

The travel ban has been judged to be unconstitutional which is great news.  Chaos will still reign, of course, but for now, let's celebrate with some more (no longer, but possibly will be again in the future) Banned Buns! These are the fourth in our series on Banned Buns and they are once again from […]

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Feed the Syrian body and soul with banned buns!

Feed the Syrian body and soul with banned buns!

Posted on 31. Jan, 2017 by .

Ka'ak are the third in our series on Banned Buns (click here to read the first and second of our banned bun recipes).  They are little, crispy buns shaped like tiny bagels and they used to be on sale all over Syria in coffee shops, bakeries and bars.  Sprinkled with sesame seeds and satisfying crunchy, […]

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Reach out and comfort someone from Libya with banned buns!

Reach out and comfort someone from Libya with banned buns!

Posted on 30. Jan, 2017 by .

The second in our recipe series about banned buns (you can read the first recipe here) this one comes from Libya and the bun is called Khubz bil ashab and it is really simple to make because it is a "no knead" bun. Virtuous Bread was set up as more than a bread site. It […]

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A bread recipe to support people trapped by the US ban

A bread recipe to support people trapped by the US ban

Posted on 29. Jan, 2017 by .

Khubz Mahala is one of many kinds of beautiful bread from Iran.  I thought of it today as I read story after story of people denied entry to the USA to visit friends and family or rejoin lives that they established, peacefully and legally, sometimes years ago, to share the American dream of a better […]

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Build on strengths this year for a wonderful 2017

Build on strengths this year for a wonderful 2017

Posted on 10. Jan, 2017 by .

It's that time of year again!  The time we at the global HQ of Virtuous Bread think deeply about virtue and the upcoming year.  What is so interesting about virtue is that just 5 or 6 years ago, nobody wanted to talk about it. The word made people uncomfortable:  they sensed judgement and a certain […]

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Small Food Awards – Charcuterie Winners!

Small Food Awards – Charcuterie Winners!

Posted on 09. Dec, 2016 by .

At the Small Food Awards 2016 we had several entries in the charcuterie category and they included smoked, air dried and fermented products.  In the process of judging it became apparent how difficult it is to make good charcuterie.  If you are smoking something you need to enable the taster to taste the smoke as […]

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