Tag Archives: virtuous bread
Posted on 29. Jul, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Bustamente is a tiny town in the north of Mexico. It has aspirations to be a "Pueblo Magico" - a "magic town" - a honour that is given by a national committee to towns that are either of great natural or architectural beauty, or historic importance or have lost of fun, high quality things to […]
Posted on 07. Jul, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Holes are the holy grail of bread making for many and yet those pesky holes can be elusive. There are various techniques you can follow to get the holes in your bread and in this post we will discuss your options. The five consistently necessary parts of achieving holes in your artisan bread are: 1. […]
Posted on 31. May, 2015 by virtuousbread.
According to Wikipedia, plantains have a similar taste to potatoes. I am not sure that is true (in fact I am sure it's NOT true) but what is true is that they are eaten, in the tropics, the same was we northeners eat potatoes: fried, as crisps or chips, mashed, roasted...they are the starch of […]
Posted on 07. May, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Recently, the lovely Steven Croft contacted me to get some bread chat about kneading. It was a really interesting question (to knead or not to knead) because, whilst I DO it, I am not sure why I DO it. I mean, I know the science of it. I know what happens while you knead. I […]
Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by virtuousbread.
It's Hot Cross Bun week and I confess I got a bit tired of rolling buns and crossing them. In a fit of lethargy I decided to make a braided Hot Cross Bun loaf instead. It's fantastic and, like challah, perfect for breaking up by hand and sharing, covered with butter for eating of course! […]
Posted on 20. Feb, 2015 by virtuousbread.
A few weeks ago, a group of Bread Angels went for a day of baking with Paul Merry who is the master baker at Panary located on the site of Cann Mills in Dorset who mill Stoate's Flour. They had an amazing time and this is what Liz Wilson had to report. "Last snowy, Saturday, […]
Posted on 17. Feb, 2015 by virtuousbread.
Doughnuts are one of the many ways people around the world celebrate Lent. In parts of Germany, and in the Menonite community in Canada, they are called Fastnachts - literally "Fast Nights" where "Fast" means "to fast" as opposed to the opposite of slow! So, these are eaten on the night before we fast - […]
Posted on 06. Jan, 2015 by virtuousbread.
It's nearly Epiphany and, in Mexico, that means the shops and bakeries are full of a traditional Mexican celebration bread called "Rosca de Reyes". This bread is shaped in a circle to represent the crowns worn by the Three Kings. That's fun. Inside the bread, the baker tucks little clay or plastic figures of the […]
Posted on 17. Dec, 2014 by virtuousbread.
During this month's baking courses we made some seriously delicious bread. This included the absolutely amazing pizza which was a class lunch staple - the theme is bread afterall - and could not be easier to do even for a busy baker and teacher. No knead pizza dough is simple and delicious. As the name […]
Posted on 04. Sep, 2014 by virtuousbread.
Further to the earlier posts about great pita bread at the Lebanese place Arbanus in Mercado Roma I decided to try making fried pita bread. I suspected the pita at Arbanus was fried both because of the size and shape and because the surface was mottled - something you don't get when you bake pita […]