I'm really sorry for this feverish outburst of breadpuns. Blame it on an extreme case of gate fever, as we are about to take a holiday.
Where there is an option to source something sustainably, we choose it, so a gift from Bread Matters will not cost the earth. Our compressed wood-pulp baskets come with instructions for their use and care and there is plenty of advice and information about using those - and the couches cloths - on our website.
Now, can you prove it?
- to find the right gift for your favourite master baker or beginner?
Here are a few suggestions from the Bread Matters Bakeshop, starting at less than £5.
Where there is an option to source something sustainably, we'll find it and choose it, so shopping with Bread Matters will help to reduce the environmental footprint of your Christmas presents.
Under a Fiver
At £4.95 the Bread Matters Original Sourdough Starter makes a great stocking filler.
As easy to post and to use as a...
The clementine cake was a new addition to the menu on breadmaking courses last winter and it’s a big hit, so here to stay. One for the gluten-free repertoire - and dairy-free if you don’t grease the tin with butter.
I’ve included the zucchini loaf because courgettes are still appearing in veg boxes and local...
a clarification from Andrew Whitley
On May 14th the Times Scotland reported (paywall) the launch of my new book DO SOURDOUGH – Slow bread for busy lives. In my talk at the launch at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery on May 7th, I had listed some of the many benefits of bread made with long fermentation and the active functioning of lactic acid bacteria – sourdough, for short. I mentioned studies showing how the gluten proteins that trigger conditions such as coeliac disease can be broken down by sourdough fermentation.
But at this time of year they are pretty important. This is the marmalade-making season, when Seville oranges are briefly available and at their best.
I use a recipe from Jocasta Innes ‘The Country Kitchen’ (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979), which explains the various ways of preparing the thick, hard skin of oranges and establishes the principle of cooking everything slowly until the sugar goes in and quickly afterwards.
Innes also tells us how a preserve of oranges came to be created in the town of Dundee in the...