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  1. New Cutters

    New Cutters
    Beautifully made sharp edged heavy gauge professional cutters We’ve come to the conclusion in the BakeryBits kitchen that anything less than beautifully made isn't worth the money. We've tried all sorts of cutters to find the perfect ones, and what we've discovered are some fabulous quality heavy gauge cutters that have been finished to the highest standard. Of course...
  2. Malted Sourdough Apple Crumble Muffins

    Malted Sourdough Apple Crumble Muffins
    Whether you have an apple tree in your garden or you spot some on offer at the market, it’s been a great year for apples.  While I do love apple crumble, my children don’t want to eat it every night, so I’ve come up with an alternative - apple crumble muffins.  They are deliciously aromatic, with raisins, cinnamon and that...
  3. Sekowa Malted Rye Loaf

    Sekowa Malted Rye Loaf
    The Germans are known the world over for their rye breads. They also have a hugely popular product called Sekowa, which is essentially a ferment not dissimilar to sourdough that they use to bake long slow fermented bread with. Unlike sourdough though, Sekowa is made using honey, organically grown peas, wheat and maize and the microorganisms are a result of...
  4. How to use Bakers' Percentages

    The recipes that most of us are familiar with use specific weights of flour, leaven, salt etc in grams, teaspoons, tablespoons, cups or ounces. But what if you would like to make the recipe a little larger, or a lot larger? Doubling or trebling a recipe using mental arithmetic is usually easy enough but can lead to very annoying mistakes (at least, in my experience!). Making an odd proportion of the original recipe, say 3/4 or 2.5 times is much more prone to error. Read More
  5. Malty Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

    A mouthful of a name, worth it though. A chocolate fudge cake made with the addition of some dried malt extract in place of some of the sugar and baked in a Bundt cake pan. Bundt cakes are becoming increasingly popular as even with no or minimal decoration, the finished cake looks great taking on the ring pattern of the mould and helping to ensure even cooking. The Bundt® pan was invented in the US in 1950 by Nordic Ware and by 1960 became the most popular cake pan in the US. Read More
  6. Portuguese Custard Tarts

    Custard TartsA recipe courtesy of Vanessa Kimbell which taste fantastic, especially if, like me, you slightly over-bake them like I did as the custard takes on a caramel flavour. You may want to make a double portion of these. Continue reading →
  7. Coffee and a Madeleine

    Madeleines Madeleines are a quick and easy egg sponges baked in a special tray that gives each cake a shell shape, perfect to accompany a quiet 10 minutes with freshly ground coffee, perhaps while contemplating diving into town for the next round of Christmas shopping. The recipe here is based on the Madeleine recipe in the new book, Home Bake by Eric Lanlard, which makes just enough to fill the 16 shells of our Madeleine trays. I've used some Fiori di Sicilia instead of the orange blossom water suggested which gives the cakes plenty of citrus fragrance. Read More
  8. Have You Tried Whoopie Pies?

    Whoopie Pies Have you tried them? Whoopie Pies are easy to make and very versatile, simply a pair of small sponge cakes glued together with a filling and, if desired, topping. Read More
  9. Wood-fired Oven Installation Part 1

    Wood-fired oven image Using wood for heat is close to my heart as we use it in our biomass boiler to heat our home. It is a sustainable material which is largely underutilised and undervalued in this country. So, why not wood-fired ovens? It gives bread, pizza and other roasted foods unique qualities unmatched by conventional ovens. Read More
  10. Marvellous Malt-Loaf

    Malt Loaf I've always loved malt-loaf - the bought stuff I'm afraid - but only as I have never been able to make my own that comes close to that moist malty flavour that when spread with butter makes a delicious snack perfect for taking on a walk to bridge to gap before reaching the pub. Read More