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I made a Pain au Levain Moderne at the weekend

I made a “Pain au Levain Moderne” at the weekend for the first time. I got the recipe in Daniel Leader’s baking book, “Living Bread” and it turned out fantastic. It is a rustic loaf made with a levain, white flour, rye flour, a pinch of instant yeast, salt and water.  The levain I had […]

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What I Baked at the Weekend (and the most important ingredient)

I was busy at the weekend-baking. In this post I will review what I baked, what worked, what didn’t work.  Firstly, though, where do I get the recipes? I have been baking for about 12-18 months now, I believe, and am beginning to become more ambitious and broaden my horizons with different recipes. I received […]

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The best sourdough loaf I’ve made yet

In my journey to make a good, tasty sourdough loaf I am experimenting and trying different things. Firstly, I have tried quite a few different recipes that I come across online or on YouTube. I also experiment with my ‘foundation’ recipes from Neven Maguire and Bake with Jack. Last week I carried out the following […]

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What I baked yesterday:100% rye sourdough loaf and wholemeal sourdough loaf

I baked two loaves yesterday: a 100% rye sourdough loaf and a wholemeal sourdough loaf. 100% rye sourdough loaf I followed Patrick Ryan’s recipe and Youtube video to make this loaf. The starter was a rye sourdough starter and all the flour that went into it was wholemeal rye flour. 500 g rye flour 10 […]

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Bread making experiments

On 23rd November 2019 I carry out a couple of experiments. Firstly, I used Neven Maguire’s starter and recipe for his wholemeal sourdough. But I made two significant changes: I increased the water content to 300 ml of warm water (hydration rate 80% rather than the usual 175 ml and hydration rate of 47%) I […]

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Making bread-therapeutic and fascinating

I’ve always been a bread man. It has been a lifelong love affair. In the last few months I have begun to bake bread. And I am getting great enjoyment out of both making, and consuming, my bread. There is something ancient and timeless about bread. You can go back to the bible and the […]

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Sourdough and a Short Séamus Heaney Film

I made my first 100% rye sourdough loaf yesterday, and it turned out pretty well. The recipe is from a YouTube video I saw by Patrick Ryan of Firehouse Bakery. It was the stickiest, messiest dough I have ever worked with, however. Next time I will need to be psychologically prepared and suitably worked up […]