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The daily bread for ex offenders

In March 2013, Virtuous Bread received funding from Ex Cell and the Hope Foundation to give the Bread Angel course 6 ex offenders, teaching them the essentials of  setting up a micro bakery.  Here we catch up with one of them, Francesca Barker, The Barker Baker. In one word, how would you describe your life

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How do I use a Sarpaneva pot

I go to Sweden a lot to visit friends, bake and keep learning about bread.  My friend Kat has been eating and discussing bread with me enthusiastically for years and on a recent trip to Sweden we were baking again.  There is a great tradition of baking in all of the Nordic countries, including Sweden of

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Move over San Francisco sourdough – New Haven is here!

Make your own sourdough starter in just four days Making your own sourdough starter takes just four days.  I will repeat that:  it only takes four days to make a sourdough starter.  You have your sourdough starter forever and making your own starter just means you have a four day delay on home made bread

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Baking with children at Sarum Hall School

Gaye Whitwam has been teaching children how to cook for years.  Her business is called Sticky Mitts and she is delighted to have been teaching the same children for years – watching them grow up as she helps them prepare good food.  A couple of years ago she became a Bread Angel and now bakes

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What to do in Philadelphia

In a little deviation from bread, I just have to take a moment and tell you that I love Philly.  Philadelphia is simply a great town.  There is a ton of culture (galleries, live music venues, theatres, concert halls, art in public buildings), are wonderful restaurants (and plenty of room for more), plenty of history,

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Easy recipe for rye bread part 2

Further to the earlier post about simple rye bread made with yeast, remember I would write all about my fascinating learning.  Well, here it is:  use fresh or dry yeast if you can.  Don’t use instant yeast.  Because I almost never use instant yeast, I was not entirely empathetic nor data driven in my mental

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Easy recipe for sourdough hot crossed buns

Many people are dedicated to sourdough but are not quite sure how to “translate” their favourite recipes into sourdough recipes.  One lovely reader, Charlotte, sent the following message and photo to us having found and baked the sourdough hot crossed bun recipe on the website. “Hi Jane, I just wanted to let you know that

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Easy to make sourdough bread

The fact that Jane asked me to write this blog post last year, and I’m only sitting down to write in March is probably testament to the fact that I have a pretty busy life: I work long hours in the City, spend nearly 3 hours a day commuting, and my hobbies include things like

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What goes into your bread?

All sorts of things may go into your bread.  The only thing that is important is to know, think, and make informed buying decisions.  Faith, art, and justice collide in the food industry so think before you buy.

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