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How bread has come full circle

Almost every time I teach a sourdough class I meet people who want to learn to bake using wild yeast because they find that they can easily digest long slow fermented bread.  One of the most common reasons for this is that the phytic acid is neutralised during the long slow fermentation, by the sourdough, but I wanted to know more about what made modern bread indigestible in the first place.  I began to research, reading old baking manuals, talking to food historians and studying scientific

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Khorasan Sourdough

As an ancestor of durum wheat Khorasan is not thought to have undergone any changes for millennia. Khorasan flour has very high levels of amount of selenium, which is known to have potent antioxidant activity. In theory this should give your bread cancer protective effects as recent research suggests that it stimulates the immune system, and so it appears that baking with this flour might well help the body kill off very early tumours. Khorasan wheat  I spoke to Andrew Ormerod, an economic botanists who was a researcher for the

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Sourdough Banana Cake

I sometimes wake up in the night when things that bother me become larger in the dark and the quiet. Once the noise in my head starts I have to get up, so I found myself in the kitchen early this morning, staring at a bunch of over ripe banana’s.  It’s a rare thing to find anything overripe in my fruit bowl, especially with four children in the house, but when a banana has travelled over 5000 miles to reach your fruit bowl it just seems criminal to throw it

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SOLD – A Treatise on the Art of Bread-Making; By A. Eldin ( 1805) – SOLD

A Treatise on the Art of Bread-Making; Wherein, the Mealing Trade, Assize Laws, and Every Circumstance Connected with the Art, is Particularly Examined. By A. Edlin The Treatise on the Art of Bread-Making is therefore one of the most important books about bread-making from the 19th century. As I have been researching  I had been looking for a copy of this book for a couple of years I came across two in the space of a week. I bought both, and have decoded to sell the one with the original binding.

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The perfect form of transport.  Stylish, carbon neutral and good for your health  - perfect to deliver sourdough bread on.

Beg Bakers Bicycle – Betty

I’ve thought about selling this lovely bike so many times.  Each time I have put her back in the garage, but the truth is she’s hardly ever seen the light of day. I bought her to deliver the sourdough bread with for the pop up bakery.  She is a beautiful bike, with lots of capacity. You can read more about Betty ..  ( yes that is really her name,)  over at www.begbicycles.com BEG’s beautiful Dutch bicycle Betty is a practical as a Bakers bike as she has an integrated front porter’s

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Win a bread making kit and sourdough bread making day

Blogger offer – Win a sourdough bread making day and full kit

As many people may remember I was once a food blogger.  I suppose I still am in many ways, I spent there years writing about food, and it opened up a whole world to me. As a small business my PR is limited to what I can do myself, but with a generous gift of three bags of Lammas Fayre Heritage flour, a la cloche and a Lame, from Bakerybits I am delighted able to offer a winning food blogger a days course here with me in Northampton and a

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Judging The Sourdough Category of The World Bread Awards

I am delighted to have been invited to be the lead judge of the sourdough category of The World Bread Awards for the second year. These awards are a unique and celebrate the skill of bread-making in every sense. Whilst I love all competitions that get people to baking I particularly love that these awards both encourage and acknowledge the art of baking for everyone. The awards are open to all, from specialist bakeries to artisan home bread makers, small high street bakers, novices and professionals alike. Bread is a

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