Lussebullar – simple and delicious saffron buns from Sweden

Lussebullar are prepared and eaten specifically to celebrate St Lucia’s day on the 13 December. The fact that they contain saffron (more expensive than gold by weight) proves they are a celebration bun – eaten on special occasions and and Read More …

San Francisco Sourdough

There are hundreds of recipes for San Francisco Sourdough bread.  Some call for 100% wheat and some call for a wheat/rye dough.  The “sour to flour” ratio can vary from as low as 35% to as high as 65%.  Some Read More …

Delicious and beautiful twisted, chocolate buns

Many people have heard of cardomom bullar from Sweden. For those of you who like them, here is a simple recipe for twisted chocolate buns using the same technique. Chocolate is frequently easier to find than cardomom.   If you Read More …

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. However, take a set back and Read More …

The mental heath benefits of baking bread

Baking bread is not for everyone all the time, but it is something we can all do some of the time. The fact that micro bakery businesses have been booming during the pandemic is proof that there is something about Read More …

Easy recipe for autumnal sticky buns with a pumpkin filling

With Harvest Festival and Canadian Thanksgiving swiftly followed by Hallowe’en and American Thanksgiving you can be forgiving for wondering what on earth to do with ALL THAT PUMPKIN. In addition to pie and soup, muffins and loaves, here is a 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 …