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  1. French Master Baker Éric Kayser’s Shares His Secrets

    French Master Baker Éric Kayser’s Shares His Secrets
    There are some bakers who spend their lives on a quest for the perfect baguette. I’ve spoken to a baker a while back who told me how he had drilled into the side of his domestic oven and had attached a rubber tube between it and his kettle to steam the oven…While I don’t recommend that you do this, I...
  2. Great Bread at the Heart of a Meal

    Great Bread at the Heart of a Meal
    A decent piece of bread is the perfect accompaniment to a good meal and is served with every meal in many countries, particularly those following a Mediterranean diet. Making that bread stand out as an interesting addition to the meal is the difference between it being a filler and a delight. In my house, olives are fought over with the...
  3. The perfect treat to have with a cup of coffee.

    The perfect treat to have with a cup of coffee.
    Madeleine cakes remind me of summer holidays. When with the family in France, we’ve something of a tradition (if 3 years is enough for that) of buying a bag of Madeleine cakes when at the cheese stand at the local market. The idea is that they’ll be good as snacks on days out or more optimistically, as a take-home holiday...
  4. Orange Blossom Brioche in a Pullman

    Orange Blossom Brioche in a Pullman
    I do like my Pullman pans, especially this one as mine still looks like new after 3 years of use. It is very versatile as it can be used as a straight-sided bread tin with the lid off, or with the lid on to make moist, square, effortlessly sliceable sandwich loaves that are very popular for lunches. There is a...
  5. Rosinbrod recipe

    Rosinbrod recipe
    We’ve a couple of nice new products this week for those that haven’t quite dipped their toes into the world of sourdough baking and are baking with yeast, our new sachets from France might be the stepping-stone. Containing both yeast for a rise like a conventional yeasted dough and sourdough leaven for a mild sourdough flavour, the wheat and spelt...
  6. Bake a Kulich this Easter

    Bake a Kulich this Easter
    For the past couple of years we’ve made Vanessa’s Italian Colomba Pasquale for Easter. It is delicious and very traditional but this Easter I wanted to explore a bit further afield and so I challenged Vanessa to come up with a different recipe. After some research, she has developed a Russian Kulich Easter bread for us to try. It is...
  7. Norwegian Boller

    Norwegian Boller
    Boller (Norwegian for “buns”) are in every bakery and coffee shop in Norway. They are eaten as a sweet snack or treat at all times of the year such as birthday parties, the last day of term, as a snack when skiing, in the forest or on the beach – or simply alongside a coffee. Usually plain or with raisins...
  8. Baker Dan Lepard shares his memories about The Handmade Loaf and other projects.

    Baker Dan Lepard shares his memories about The Handmade Loaf and other projects.
    Perhaps the most influential baker in the UK is Dan Lepard. His gentle, informative style gives even the most nervous of bakers confidence. While most people know Dan from almost a decade of writing a weekly column for The Guardian, he can also be credited with leading the way in home bakers baking artisan bread. You can pinpoint the resurgence...
  9. Get inspired with the family and win a day with Baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou

    Get inspired with the family and win a day with Baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou
    A bread-making book that gets the dough made and the oven turned on rather than just pretty pictures is something to behold. Emmanuel Hadjiandeou’s Making Bread Together is one of those, with twists on classics and recipes that jump out at you, so this week we’re really pleased to share his recipe for Minestrone Soup Sourdough. Making Bread Together is...
  10. Spicy Bonfire Biscuits

    Spicy Bonfire Biscuits
    I try to ignore the first signs of autumn, hoping that any September warmth will continue forever. Of course, I get it wrong every year and the weather eventually turns, then I realise that there is a lot to enjoy about the shorter days: autumn trees of course and the Honiton carnival, which is always time for hats and gloves...