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Thanks to some of our partners in the Small Food Awards!

Thanks to some of our partners in the Small Food Awards!

Posted on 07. Nov, 2016 by .

November 2016 sees the launch of the first annual Small Food Awards! The School of Artisan Food and Virtuous Bread have teamed together to host the awards which are an important event on the UK food calendar because they celebrate the professional micro producer who cannot always compete in the more mainstream awards against much […]

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Four new Bread Angels!

Four new Bread Angels!

Posted on 02. Nov, 2016 by .

We are thrilled to welcome four new Bread Angels! Alex, Utako, Debbie, and Lawrence recently completed the microbakery course and are now in the early stages of setting up their own micro bakeries.  We cannot wait!  We wish them luck and happy baking on their new ventures! Click here to take the microbakery course!  You […]

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Welcome to our latest Bread Angel!

Welcome to our latest Bread Angel!

Posted on 27. Oct, 2016 by .

We are delighted, always, when new Bread Angels spread their wings, leave the nest, and join the fold!  Welcome to James Clark from Leicester - soon to be baking real bread and selling it in his community, providing real bread to make your lives happier and better!  Welcome James! If you would like to realise […]

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Thanksgiving (or Harvest Festival) is a great time to bake

Thanksgiving (or Harvest Festival) is a great time to bake

Posted on 10. Oct, 2016 by .

If you are going to bake once a year, it's usually in the autumn.  The first chilly nights inspire you to turn on the oven.  The first dark evenings make you crave soup.  Soup makes you want bread....it's really that easy.  A seasonal ritual - and one we are not in control of.  A seasonal […]

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The mental health benefits of baking your own bread

The mental health benefits of baking your own bread

Posted on 17. Sep, 2016 by .

Hand made bread is delicious and, thankfully, it's much easer to buy it than it used to be.  Consumers' interest in high quality, small batch, local products is large and growing - in fact it's one of the main food trends and will continue for the next decade.  Small producers are at the leading edge […]

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The language of lack and longing

The language of lack and longing

Posted on 10. Aug, 2016 by .

Many people focus on what they don't have.  You may know them: everything about what they say and what they do reinforces how their life is incomplete.  In general, they speak one of two languages:  the language of lack or the language of longing.  The language of longing has about it a kind of sadness […]

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How do I store my sourdough starter?

How do I store my sourdough starter?

Posted on 06. Jul, 2016 by .

I recently received a question about keeping sourdough starters.  The writer had the sad experience that his starter went mouldy and died.  What, he asked, could he do to prevent this from happening given that he uses his starter once every couple of weeks.  I have written about making and using starters and this made […]

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

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

Posted on 16. Jun, 2016 by .

Sorry for the delay, dear readers, in announcing the winner of the great ciabatta bake off.  Life had kind of gotten on top of us here at the Global HQ of Virtuousbread.  Now, we are back and raring to go, write, bake, do the new cook book and maybe rest a bit in the summer! […]

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How to bake the perfect ciabatta – second place in the great ciabatta bake off

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – second place in the great ciabatta bake off

Posted on 02. May, 2016 by .

"Excellent flavour...chewy, I like chewy.....holes not too big....nice crust."  Second place in the great ciabatta bake off goes to....the recipe we used at La Puerta Abierta bakery in Mexico City. This recipe does have a biga, like the third prize winner and unlike the ciabatta that came in fourth place.  Unlike any of the recipes […]

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