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 …

The micro bakery course leads to growth and success

Many people love to bake, and they dream of setting up a baking business.  It’s hard, sometimes, to turn your dreams into reality.  There are doubts to overcome such as, “will my bread be good enough?”, “I know nothing about Read More …

Buy bread and learn to bake with award winning micro bakers

We are delighted to announce that four Bread Angels scampered away with prizes at this year’s World Bread Awards.  Baking from their micro bakeries, these talented bakers sell bread and teach baking courses.  Come and learn to bake bread! Jen Read More …

The mental health benefits of baking your own bread

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 Read More …

Of lack and longing

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 Read More …

How do I store my sourdough starter?

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 Read More …

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 …

How to bake the perfect ciabatta – fourth place in the ciabatta bake off

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 Read More …