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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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Great recipe for sourdough pita bread

Great recipe for sourdough pita bread

Posted on 05. Feb, 2016 by .

Taking a break from the baguette bake off, and returning for a moment to sharing a few, select recipes from Perfecting Sourdough, and in response to one reader's question, here is a recipe for wonderful, sourdough pita bread. Ingredients 70 g wheat sourdough starter from the vat in the fridge 520 g white wheat flour […]

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Fourth place in the search for the best baguette recipe

Fourth place in the search for the best baguette recipe

Posted on 04. Feb, 2016 by .

This baguette recipe is based on one from the French Culinary Institute's (now called the International Culinary Centre located in the USA) bread book entitled, "The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking".  It's the Poolish Baguette on p 101.  It's not in fourth place in the search for the best baguette recipe because it's bad […]

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Great recipe for sourdough bagels

Great recipe for sourdough bagels

Posted on 26. Jan, 2016 by .

Always remember that yeast was "invented" so we could actually hold it in our hands in the mid 1800s.  Yet, we have been baking for about 10,000 years (give or take a few).  So, before 1850 and, really before the second world war, all bread was made with a sourdough culture.  Variously called the "mother", […]

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Easy recipe for “pizza bread”  – delicious everyday bread

Easy recipe for “pizza bread” – delicious everyday bread

Posted on 24. Jan, 2016 by .

This easy bread is so delicious I urge you to try it the next time you make bread.  It's a simple white or whole meal dough topped, stuffed and baked.  The resulting bread is moist, savoury and flavourful.  Perfect for making sandwiches, dunking in soup and toasting for a savoury breakfast. Try it today! Ingredients […]

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Easy recipe for delicious sourdough English muffins

Easy recipe for delicious sourdough English muffins

Posted on 22. Jan, 2016 by .

When I moved to England from Canada I was amazed to learn that English muffins were not English at all.  Who invented them?  Are they just called "muffins" in England and, if they are, how do people know when they are ordering an English muffin or a Canadian muffin? Even after living 25 years in […]

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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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Baking sourdough bread in a casserole dish

Baking sourdough bread in a casserole dish

Posted on 22. Nov, 2015 by .

I frequently make no-knead, crusty artisan bread.  In fact, it's so popular I bake it at least once a week and, but for the lack of more (extraordinarily expensive) cast iron casserole dishes, I would bake more at a time. The other day, I was proofing two 100% wheat sourdough loaves in bannetons.  It was taking […]

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