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

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

Posted on 29. Apr, 2016 by .

"Ahhh,".....they said.....,"this one has more flavour...and is more chewy" and so it was, the third prize in the great ciabatta bake off was announced. Hard on the heels of the fourth place winner, comes the ciabatta recipe from the American Culinary Institute.  It used to be called the French Culinary Institute and their excellent bread […]

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How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

Posted on 14. Apr, 2016 by .

Fourth in the great ciabatta bake off goes to a recipe based on that of Paul Hollywood and it's a nice all rounder. The judges pronounced it "tasty with a nice texture and crumb structure".  The flavour was good, and the crust was "a little soft".  That being said, it's very easy to prepare. Like all […]

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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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Perfect Everyday Bread for sandwiches and toast – made with sourdough

Perfect Everyday Bread for sandwiches and toast – made with sourdough

Posted on 16. Feb, 2016 by .

Do you think all there is to sourdough bread is holes, a thick crust, a chewy texture and acidic taste?  Although many people love that kind of sourdough bread, you would not be alone if you think that sounds unappealing.  Furthermore, how do you put jam or ham or honey or tuna on your bread […]

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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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