A two country bread tour and not a hole in sight

How do I get those big holes in my bread?  That is a question we often get from students.  In fact, we get it so quickly that there is a post dedicated to it. Hint:  the secret is wet dough, Read More …

High hydration doughs

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Three of the best bakery hacks for you!

Setting up a bakery can seem daunting.  Even if you want to mess around at home after taking one of our wonderful bread courses can seem daunting. All that stuff!  It may seem like rather a lot to spend, especially Read More …

Delicious 100 % rye bread – more questions answered

Recently a reader tried (and loved) the 100% rye recipe on the website and sent me a few questions.  They are great questions, so I thought I would answer them here. 1) Should I buy a 1lb tin, or just Read More …

Easy recipe for ciabatta with potato, rosemary and beetroot

Last night we had fish for dinner with mashed potatoes and baby beetroot, fresh from the garden.  With a few beets left over and about a coffee mug of left over mash (made with cream and butter, salt and pepper), Read More …

Easy recipe for rye bread with dates and walnuts

Want a change from raisin bread?  Try baking this absolutely delicious date and walnut bread for breakfast instead.  The tips for making it super tasty include scalding the dates and dry roasting the walnuts before you add them.  Scalding the Read More …

On going training is the best way to learn

My bakery training did not take place at college.  This is a well known fact about me and it is partly what enables me to be a great baker and a great teacher.  I have seen a lot and I Read More …

The lovers’ window – beautiful buns from Iraq to delight everyone – last of the Banned Buns

There is a beautiful bun from Iraq called shubbak el habayeb.  This translates into the Lovers’ Window which I think is the nicest name of any bread in the whole world.  We need more love and we need more windows Read More …

Celebrate with your neighbours and have these Syrian buns called Sfeeha

The travel ban has been judged to be unconstitutional which is great news.  Chaos will still reign, of course, but for now, let’s celebrate with some more (no longer, but possibly will be again in the future) Banned Buns! These Read More …