Darryn Bruton

Darryn Bruton

Darryn Bruton

BakeryBits baker and food writer

Darryn is now with BakeryBits after spending 22 years living in Scandinavia, based in Copenhagen. A lifelong interest in cooking and baking was developed at a young age helping out at home while both parents ran their own business from home.

Darryn has been vegetarian for over 40 years now and because of this he has developed an interest in experimenting with baking and cooking to get new and exciting flavours and textures. Growing up and travelling, it was hard to find any interesting vegetarian food, so making it himself was the only option...not only that but he grows his own produce both when in Copenhagen and now in Somerset.

Darryn worked in great cook shops for 12 years in Denmark where he dealt with everyone from Michelin star chefs to enthusiastic kids learning to cook. He found BakeryBits while searching for fresh yeast and quickly became a regular customer, in fact he popped by so often to pick up some ingredients he ended up working there.

He has lots of recipes and experiences to share and really enjoys helping out anyone who wants to improve their baking.

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe: BakeryBits Granola

Recipe: BakeryBits Granola
Granola first made an appearance in 1863, then called “Granula” but it wasn't until the late 1960s that the modern style of Granola was invented, slowly growing in popularity until hitting the mass-market in 1972. It has continued to grow in popularity ever-since but not always for the better: some producers have added cheap fillers to reduce the production costs thereby lowering the quality ... Read more

Recipe: Danish Open Sandwiches (Smørrebrød)

Recipe: Danish Open Sandwiches (Smørrebrød)
You've made your delicious Danish-Style Rye Bread. Now, here is how to make some open sandwiches just as you see in Denmark. When people hear “potato on bread” most think about a chip butty...but in Scandinavia the open-topped sandwich is a staple for lunch and their potato topped rye bread is absolutely delicious.   Here is a simple recipe for you to try on a nice slice of ... Read more

Danish-Style Rye Bread

Danish Rye Bread on a platter upon which is a rye loaf and slices
My Danish-Style Rye bread recipe comes from my 22 years living in Copenhagen, where people either bake or buy rye bread for their family every week. Indeed, most Scandinavians eat rye bread daily and the Danes are no exception. Similarly to crispbread (like Ryvita), everyone from little kids to burly men eat what looks like dainty slices of rye bread for their lunch. It wasn’t until I tried ... Read more
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