How do I make vegan bread?

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 Read More …

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

Sorry for the delay, dear readers, in announcing the winner of the great ciabatta bake off.  Life had kind of gotten on top of us here at the Global HQ of Virtuousbread.  Now, we are back and raring to go, Read More …

What is Bread Angels?

In 2010, realising I could not change the world alone, I developed and taught the first microbakery course.  I designed the course to help budding entrepreneurs, set up their own bread businesses, and structured it along three main content areas: Read More …

How to bake the perfect baguette – comparing four different recipes for delicious baguettes

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 Read More …

How to bake the perfect baguette – first place in the great baguette bake off

The moment you have been waiting for in the long drawn out series of posts on how to bake the perfect baguette!  Just a quick recap: Fourth Place – French Culinary Institute Third Place – Week end Bakery Second Place Read More …

How to bake the perfect baguette – 2nd place in the baguette bake off!

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, Read More …

The great baguette bake off – how to bake the perfect baguette

To bake the perfect baguette you first need to know what you expect:  The flyaway crust that scatters crumbs everywhere?  The deep golden colour with perfectly exploding slash marks?  Nice open crumb?  Slightly chewy texture?  Strong flavour with a hint Read More …

Great recipe for sourdough bagels

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 Read More …

Easy recipe for “pizza bread” – delicious everyday bread

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 Read More …

Simple recipe for rye and spelt sourdough bread with caraway seeds

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) Read More …