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  1. The Perfect last minute Christmas gift for bakers

    The Perfect last minute Christmas gift for bakers
    Every year there is a kind of irony that while I’ve been busy working all hours, giving our customers advice on Christmas gifts, packing boxes full of baking equipment and sending out orders all week, I haven’t done my own shopping. The idea of finishing work and then facing the high street for my shopping fills me with festive dread...
  2. The most exciting thing to happen to flour this century

    The most exciting thing to happen to flour this century
    Lammas Fayre Imagine eating the kind of bread that William the Conqueror ate before going into battle, or a tasting a cake shared with Boudica and her daughters, or perhaps slicing a medieval lord’s loaf before a feast. Well, now you can and we are proud to present to you the Lammas Fayre authentic heritage flours and we believe that...
  3. Back to Basics With a 2lb Loaf

    Back to Basics With a 2lb Loaf
    “Like a pot of tea or boiled eggs a homemade white tin loaf is one of life’s simple pleasures”. It can be easy to make the simplest things in life unduly complicated and I do enjoy a challenge, but sometimes there is a real pleasure in getting back to basics with a simple, humble loaf. So, this week I have...
  4. Bake Your Own Traditional Christmas Cake

    As a child, my Christmases had more of a Norwegian rather than English slant and so Christmas cakes did not really feature much and those that I did try were mainly shop-bought ones – not really the best introduction. My wife makes a Christmas cake (actually 3 each year) and the difference in a homemade one, if you don’t already...
  5. Vanessa’s Very Best Christmas Gift Ideas

    Vanessa’s Very Best Christmas Gift Ideas
    Making memories We all have our favourite Christmas moment. Mine is hanging my children’s first shoes on the Christmas tree. It is a moment tinged with both joy and nostalgia as I reflect how another year has gone by so quickly and I realise that Christmas is special because we make time to be together. From the book - Making...
  6. Spiced Cumin Rolls with sweet sultanas

    Spiced Cumin Rolls with sweet sultanas
    Sometimes, when I get a minute, I look back at where we started and marvel at how far BakeryBits has come. Of course my next thought is about all the other things that we want to do, but as a small company we really pride ourselves on listening to you, our customers and your valuable feedback. So when a customer...
  7. Good health is about good habits

    Good health is about good habits
    Christmas seems long-gone already and so is the orgy of rich food. In my house at least, thankfully it means the end of everything I touch being covered in glitter shed from wrapping paper. If you are at all like me, you’ve had enough of that for now and are craving savoury foods that are a lot healthier and getting...
  8. Step by step Oat Sourdough

    Step by step Oat Sourdough
    While trying to reduce my processed food consumption, I’ve taken to adding a handful of oats to my breakfast bowl. I really like the flavour of uncooked oats as well as our Sunday morning porridge with fruit or honey from my bees. I really enjoy eating them and it’s a real bonus that they do lots of good things from...
  9. The most delicious things at Christmas are home baked

    The most delicious things at Christmas are home baked
    I’m not a fan of most shop-bought mince pies. They tend to be too sweet, never have enough mincemeat and the pastry is not even close to being as good as homemade ones. Sometimes there is more pastry than pie, so I asked Vanessa to come up with delicious step-by-step mincemeat tart recipe that uses a sweet-yeasted bread as the...
  10. Sourdough Q&A from our members

    Sourdough Q&A from our members
    Research is continuing to suggest that slow-fermented bread, made with quality flour is good for us. To my mind there something intuitive about this anyway, working with the natural speed of fermentation with simple ingredients is better than the opposite rather frenzied approach where factory time is far more important than flavour or ingredients. Let’s just take a breath and...