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Author: Dan Lepard

Dan Lepard
  1. Sourdough confidential: how to keep your starter active

    Sourdough confidential: how to keep your starter active Every month I’ll get a message from someone crying out in desperation “HELP, my sourdough starter isn’t working”. Or that’s not bubbly, and occasionally the worry that it might have died altogether. On the latter it’s fairly unlikely that you have every killed it, these yeast and bacteria that make your starter are pretty hardy and just need a few comforts in life to keep them happy. ... Read more...
  2. What makes bread rise, and how to get the best rise ever

    What makes bread rise, and how to get the best rise ever If you put wheat flour, water (and some salt, if you like) in a bowl, mix it well, roll pieces of it thin and cook it on a hot metal bakestone you’ll get one of the earliest forms of bread, what’s known as unleavened flatbread. Easy to make, utterly delicious: today there are many people who make and enjoy this bread pretty much the way it was made hundreds of years ago. Perhaps the flour ... Read more...
  3. Create Amazing Cake Flavour

    Create Amazing Cake Flavour Does this happen to you? You make a cake, or see a cake on a café menu, get very excited about what it will taste like… then drat, you find the cake flavour is underwhelming, lacking the spark and oomph you thought it would have based on its description. You, or the baker at the café, might have used the very best, finest, or dare I say it, most expensive ingredients but still it tasted flat. ... Read more...
  4. Rum Baba

    Rum Baba A baba is a small bread-like dessert "cake" that is soaked in a lightly flavoured sugar syrup, and served cold or at room temperature with big spoonful of slightly sweetened cream and a slosh of rum that gives it its name. As desserts go it’s very simple and unfussy, yet for people like myself who love it we class it as one of the classics of French patisserie. Under the hood this is based ... Read more...
  5. Rye Malt Banana Cake

    Rye Malt Banana Cake Quick to make, dairy-free and utterly rich, dark and delicious, this pound-cake style banana cake uses stoneground wholemeal rye flour and roasted barley malt flour to give a hearty texture and flavour. You can swap the walnuts for pecans if you like, or leave them out. Keeps very well, and freezes perfectly either as a whole cake or sliced. I've baked this in our BakeryBits Traditional 2lb or ... Read more...
  6. Interview with Anna Makievska, founder of Bakehouse artisan bakery in Kyiv

    Interview with Anna Makievska, founder of Bakehouse artisan bakery in Kyiv Though we read news stories of millions forced to flee their homes and the Ukraine for safety, that’s not the whole situation. Right now bakers, cooks, front-of-house people and others are working daily to provide food to their community but also hospitals, army, the poor and anyone in need. I spoke with Anna Makievska, founder of Bakehouse artisan bakery in Kyiv which - as part of the ... Read more...
  7. 100% Rye Sourdough

    100% Rye Sourdough For some bakers this loaf is considered the King of Sourdough as it has a reputation for both an amazing flavour (which it does) and a complexity in getting it right. It has an intense sourdough tang to it, perfect when paired with strong-flavoured foods like pickled herrings or blue cheese. Though my favourite way of eating it is toasted and buttered with Seville marmalade. Using what’s ... Read more...
  8. West Country Rarebit

    West Country Rarebit Slightly more complex than grilled cheese on toast but in its own way equally delicious. There used to be many different sorts of rarebits, you sometimes see them spelled as "rabbits" – an English rarebit would be made with good red wine – and they somewhat grew out of the traditions of 19th century gentleman’s clubs. Wales was renowned back then for toasted cheese on toast ... Read more...
  9. Light Barley Bread

    Light Barley Bread Barley was one of the more common grains used in baking in Wales, less so in England, and its beautiful flavour and colour of the milled grain is almost forgotten. Barley is much more typical in baking when it’s sprouted and malted, and we have a great range of BakeryBits malted barley that gives loaves a great rise and flavour. There are two ways you can use barley flour in a recipe like ... Read more...
  10. Answers to your questions about… the Brød & Taylor Bread Proofer

    Answers to your questions about… the Brød & Taylor Bread Proofer Brød & Taylor FAQ Answers to your questions about… the Brød & Taylor Bread Proofer. What is the Brød & Taylor Bread Proofer?? It’s a metal heating plate with a folding box that sits above it, holding the warmth or heat in. The lid has a clear Perspex-style window to you can look inside to reassure yourself what state your dough has risen to, though ... Read more...

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