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  1. Folic Acid for Everyone

    Folic Acid for Everyone
    There is something of an uncharacteristic fervour amongst the milling world. The small-scale artisans producing stone-ground flour around the country are concerned about their very existence, all because of folate (or folic acid vitamin B9). Folic acid is needed by us all for cell maintenance but is especially important for pre-pregnancy and pregnant women in order to reduce the chances...
  2. A BUMPER Harvest for Rye!

    Last year’s lovely, long and hot summer (or prolonged, severe drought if described by a farmer) caused many modern cereals to fail or to grow very poorly. Some crops that seemed to be doing fairly well then failed as the weather turned wet and made harvesting difficult thereby reducing the quality of the harvest. Dramatic swings in the weather during the...
  3. Introducing the Fourneau Cast-Iron Bread Oven v.2.0

    Introducing the Fourneau Cast-Iron Bread Oven v.2.0
    Buy Now (Free UK Shipping) Is it always wrong to fall in love with baking equipment? I used to (and still do) feel this way about certain items of stationery. The perfect pen or a decent post-it pad for instance, who doesn’t? I’ve become besotted with my Fourneau cast-iron bread oven. It is quite an investment but it is really...
  4. Get Christmas Wrapped Up

    Get Christmas Wrapped Up
    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at BakeryBits. We’re working flat out, making sure all the orders are dispatched in time for your festive baking. The office is starting to look like Santa’s grotto, stacked with parcels packed up and ready for posting. We’ve lots of new products coming up in the next few weeks, but one...
  5. A feast fit for Santa…

    A feast fit for Santa…
    Christmas is just about here and the cold certainly is so what better way to welcome mid-winter by warming up the oven and wrapping yourself in some festive baking. Here's a seasonal selection of recipes that we think will go down well with the family, your guests and, if there’s any left, the man himself! Indulging festive breakfasts, dinner party...
  6. Gilchester's Grain

    Gilchester's Grain
    Brrrr, following our warehouse getting steadily colder day-by-day over the last week, on Thursday we had to admit defeat and close for a couple of days. The red weather warning was the final straw and the closure a first in 10 years. It is very pretty though, here in Devon, the frozen rain on the trees are especially attractive...
  7. Heart Cross Buns

    Heart Cross Buns
    I bumped into the ball of energy that is baker Michael Hanson a few years ago, and have seen him many times since, always wearing his trademark hat. With a strong ethical bent, Michael has been planning a social enterprise to funnel the profits from the sale of his blends of heritage flour grown and milled in England to worthy...
  8. THE SOURDOUGH SCHOOL BOOK

    THE SOURDOUGH SCHOOL BOOK
    by Vanessa Kimbell. Published by Kyle Books. Photography by Nassima Rothacker. Many of you have known Vanessa from writing the recipes and doing our photos for us. I met Vanessa about 7 years ago just as she began teaching at the Sourdough School. I remember us chatting about a recipe and before I knew it I’d asked if she would...
  9. A Taste for the Rule of Law

    A Taste for the Rule of Law
    Every now and again, John Letts of the Lammas Fayre range of heritage flours and I chew the cud over a virtual beer. The conversation runs away ranging wildly from the definition of the term “heritage” which John thinks should be at least pre 1st World War where many think the 1970s is early enough, through to putting the world...
  10. Don’t Suffer Ropey Bread

    Don’t Suffer Ropey Bread
    The warm weather is lovely, or at least, I think it is. The garden doesn’t really agree: peas have panicked and courgettes are a bit sad. The promised storms and heavy rain haven’t materialised yet, at least, not in the southwest. The results for UK cereals is that rye harvest is ahead and looking really good compared to the disaster...