My no-knead sourdough bread experiment

I’m looking forward to baking a ‘no-knead’ sourdough loaf at the weekend. I came across a video on YouTube this week which shows you how to make an attractive looking sourdough loaf with the minimum of ‘hands on’ activity. Normally, when making a sourdough loaf you would be stretching and folding the dough at intervals… Continue reading My no-knead sourdough bread experiment

The key ingredient in successful sourdough bread making

I make sourdough bread every week, sometimes more than once a week, too. And I might make two or three loaves at a time or at least over the weekend. I know what a good sourdough loaf should look and taste like. And I am familiar with the occasional disaster loaf too-the one that fails… Continue reading The key ingredient in successful sourdough bread making

My brown soda loaf-a staple in my diet

Twice or three times a week I bake the brown soda loaf you see on this page. It is Neven Maguire’s recipe from a book of his which I was gifted one Christmas. The book is called “Home Economics for Life” and I believe my wife, Sally, gave me the book in an ambitious attempt… Continue reading My brown soda loaf-a staple in my diet

Combining two interests: baking and photography

I baked some sourdough bread with black and green olives this morning. Look at the photographs below. It turned out well and I am looking forward to getting stuck into the bread when it cools down. Taking photographs of bread that I bake allows me to combine two interests of mine: baking and photography. I… Continue reading Combining two interests: baking and photography

Some bread I baked-a rye and walnut loaf

This is a rye flour bread with walnuts. It is from Richard Bertinet’s book, Dough, which I have previously recommended. The bread itself is made from a combination of strong white flour and rye flour and contains walnuts. You can choose to put pretty much anything in a loaf or bread-for example, cheese, olives, walnuts,… Continue reading Some bread I baked-a rye and walnut loaf

Why would a solicitor spend time making a video about baking bread?

I baked a new bread yesterday morning: a brown, honey loaf. It was supposed to be lavender and honey but Tesco in Edenderry or Kinnegad did not have lavender on a November Saturday morning so I had to do with honey only. However, I love honey and have no idea what sort of taste lavender… Continue reading Why would a solicitor spend time making a video about baking bread?

Making baguettes this Saturday morning

I’m making baguettes this morning. I used to think that making baguettes was difficult but once you understand a couple of basic principles and put them into action making baguettes is simple. The key, I think, is to ensure you insert steam/water into your oven prior to putting the baguettes in the oven. You can… Continue reading Making baguettes this Saturday morning

My wholemeal sourdough loaf

This is my wholemeal sourdough loaf, using Neven Maguire’s sourdough bread recipe from his book “Home Economics for Life”. Neven’s recipe calls for 150-175 ml of water but I increased this to 250 ml for this particular loaf as I was trying to get the most open crumb possible. This may not be the most… Continue reading My wholemeal sourdough loaf