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Fluffy sourdough flatbreads recipe

Fluffy sourdough flatbreads recipe
Fluffy Middle Eastern Sourdough Flatbreads I love Middle Eastern-style cooking, and having a pliable fluffy flatbread is indispensable for mopping up hummus, pesto or sauces and for wrapping and transporting falafels or fritters laden with labneh pickles and a zesty salad. These are easy to make and whilst being light and fluffy they are strong enough to let you to load them to the gunnels. ... Read more

Brown Bread Ice-Cream with Caramelised Breadcrumbs

Brown Bread Ice-Cream with Caramelised Breadcrumbs served in glass jars
Brown Bread Ice-Cream using the Ankarsrum Ice-Cream Attachment It might sound like a strange mix with brown bread and ice-cream but it works fantastically well. The toast infused ice-cream coupled with caramelised breadcrumb nuggets that give sweetness, light maltiness and texture to this delightful brown bread ice-cream made with the Ankarsrum Ice-Cream Attachment for the Ankarsrum Mixer. You ... Read more

Rustic Olive Rolls - from Matthews Cotswold Flour

Rustic Olive Rolls arranged together with one sliced in half showing the crumb
Matthews Cotswold flour development baker Sophie has shared this recipe for Rustic Olive Rolls with us using the Matthews Cotswold Pizza Flour. "The Matthews Cotswold Pizza Flour is a much more versatile flour than you might realise – it’s obviously great for making delicious pizza bases, but it can also be used for a multitude of other recipes. As a baker, it’s one of my ... Read more

Torsten's Sourdough Pumpkin Croissants

Pumpkin croissant dough being rolled
Torsten's Sourdough Pumpkin Croissants using a Dough Sheeter Great customers don't grow on trees but this one actually grows them. Torsten Junker of family-run "Junker's Nursery" not at all far from us in Wellington grows the kind of trees literally fit for a king. He's also an accomplished home baker and has been trying out one of our Japan Kneader Dough Sheeters to make, Sourdough Pumpkin ... Read more

Classic French baguette recipe using a flipping board

Classic French baguette split lengthways
A crisp home-baked baguette, with all the character, complex flavour and crunch that you might otherwise have to travel to France to find, is a dream for many bakers. The particular characteristics that French millers give to their premium darker bread flours through the wheat varieties they mill gives the loaves made from it, such as baguettes, a deep rich colour, a delicate beige crumb, and an ... Read more

What size of proofing basket or banneton do I need?

proofing baskets arranged with crusty loaves
What Size Proofing Basket or Banneton Do I Need?   Short answer: the proofing basket or banneton weight is the dough weight - all the ingredients including the flour and the water added together.   We show all our proofing baskets or bannetons with a weight in the name, for example, our popular 1kg / 2.2lb Round Cane Banneton or Proofing Basket. What does this weight mean? It gives ... Read more

How to get blisters on your crispy crust?

blisters on crispy crackly crusty loaf
Having blisters on your crispy crust on your bread that cracks when you squeeze it is so satisfying you'll just want to slice it up and devour the whole lot. I have tried a few different methods and found that there are a few simple tips that will help you obtain a nice crackly crust.   Create tension in your dough with the final shaping before placing it into your banneton or baking tin. ... Read more

Jack Smylie Wild from Bara Menyn Bakehouse

Jack Smylie Wild from Bara Menyn Bakehouse
Bara Menyn is how you say "bread & butter" in Welsh and also the name of the small family bakehouse that is hidden down a side street in the town of Cardigan in West Wales. We managed to squeeze some time out of the very busy and multi-talented Jack Smylie Wild for an interview and insight into his baking life.  Bara Menyn croissant - a work of art!   Bara Menyn which was ... Read more

Recipe: Pwdin Bara Menyn (Bread and Butter Pudding)

Recipe: Pwdin Bara Menyn (Bread and Butter Pudding)
We came up with this idea, Pwdin Bara Menyn (Bread and Butter Pudding), as a way to re-use leftover croissants years ago when I had a café attached to the bakehouse, and it’s real comfort food – a perfect dessert for these chilly, last days of winter. Because it’s made with croissants and baked on parchment, there’s no additional butter (normally used to grease-proof ... Read more

Tear & Share Brioche With Cheesy Pesto Filling

Tear & Share brioche intact in its paper case with a glass of white wine
Tear & share brioche with a pesto and cheesy filling Having a soft and sumptuous, comforting and tasty brioche that is stuffed with cheese and pesto is a marvellous thing, but to share it is even better. This is a great way to use up any odd bits of cheese that are knocking about in the fridge. This recipe is with pesto but you could just as easily use tapenade, semi dried tomatoes, Marmite ... Read more

A Guide To Our Specialist Sugars

A Guide To Our Specialist Sugars - laid out and labelled
A Guide To Our Specialist Sugars Using specialist ingredients can set your bakes apart and make your job easier. Knowing exactly which specific ingredient you want is something we want to help you with, so we have compiled a list of our specialist sugars together their uses, to help you choose the right sized sugar that you need. You can also find related recipes below and in each product listing ... Read more

Darryn Bruton's 2023 Christmas Gift Guide for Bakers

Darryn Bruton's 2023 Christmas Gift Guide for Bakers
Welcome to my BakeryBits Christmas 2023 gift guide. Whether you are looking for fabulous festive gifts to get your star baker yearning to switch on the oven or are after pocket-friendly perfect parcels as stocking fillers, I have compiled two lists to inspire you or your gift giver this year selected from our range. I've been a keen home baker for decades and have spent 20 years working in the ... Read more

Mendiants, Puddles of Chocolate Christmas Confections

What exactly are Mendiants? Mendiants have quirky roots in France from the Middle Ages. They were part of the Provençal tradition with toppings denoting the original robes of the four Mendicant order of friars. Today they are a well-loved tradition in many a French household and if you try making these they could be a firm favourite in yours. Mendiants are commonly eaten over the Christmas ... Read more

Roasted Pumpkin Soup - A Halloween Party Warmer

Roasted Pumpkin Soup served in a bowl sprinkled with seeds
This soup pairs perfectly with our Pumpkin Bread recipe or works well as a stand alone for whatever bread you have to hand to mop up the last remnants from the bowl after eating. I like to experiment with different types of pumpkins as they give different results. Some of my favourites are Crown Prince, Turban, Butternut and the Hubbards, both Golden and Blue. These all have different taste ... Read more

Picture Perfect Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Picture Perfect Pumpkin Bread shot from above surrounded by bowls of pumpkin soup
Having some fun with your baking is always a good idea and getting a great result that tastes as good as it looks is what its all about. Picture Perfect Pumpkin Bread Recipe gives you just that. I love soup and not just for the autumn, but when the pumpkins are in season I stock up the freezer with homemade soup to see me through the winter. While pumpkin soup making I had some leftover roasted ... Read more

Which... lame or dough slashing blade should I choose?

Which... lame or dough slashing blade should I choose?
You’ve got the right flour, spent time mixing it, shaped it correctly, and the rise looks good, then you try slashing the loaf with a knife and it drags and looks ugly. Well, we’re here to help you avoid that and finish your loaf as well as you started it. BakeryBits was the first UK company to offer French dough slashing blades for sale in the UK to the  public, and since then ... Read more

Finnish Shortbread Recipe for Christmas

Finnish Shortbread Recipe for Christmas laid out on a baking tray
Finnish shortbread are not actually Finnish! Now that's out of the way they are shortbreads and 100% tasty. The Danes say they invented these traditional Christmas biscuits and call them Finnish bread (Finskbrød in Danish) where as the Swedes maintain that they invented these tasty Yuletide treats and call them Finnish sticks (Finska pinnar in Swedish). The Finns could not give a hoot, and ... Read more

Black Ciabatta Burgers With Crispy Coated Halloumi

Black Ciabatta Burgers With Crispy Coated Halloumi
I really like the contrast made between the jet black ciabatta burger buns topped with contrasting sesame seeds, and the deep yellow crispy-coated halloumi, topped with a spicy sauce - they are fun to make and are a tasty treat for a Halloween night. The buns are soft and airy - softer still with the addition of the carbon powder -  and sprinkled with sesame seeds for a little contrast and ... Read more
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