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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Easy recipe for San Francisco Sourdough (holes included)

Everyone wants to bake San Francisco sourdough – they want the challenge, they want the flavour, they want the texture and most of all, they want the HOLES! There are hundreds of recipes for San Francisco Sourdough bread.  Some call Read More …

Recipe for delicious whole meal sourdough bread

If you love whole meal bread and you love sourdough bread you will love this easy recipe for delicious and  surprisingly light whole meal sourdough bread.  You can bake this with spelt or wheat flour and, although I used a Read More …