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Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

Virtuous Bread and the School of Artisan Food are thrilled to launch the Small Food Awards

Posted on 19. Sep, 2016 by .

The School of Artisan Food and Virtuous Bread are delighted to launch the first annual Small Food Awards. These awards will celebrate small, professional food producers in the UK who are often on the leading edge of innovation and excellence in the food industry. In 2016 we have seven categories including chocolate, bread, charcuterie, cheese, viennoiserie, beer and cider. Entrants must meet the […]

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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 – 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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