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

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?

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

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… Continue reading I made a Pain au Levain Moderne at the weekend

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

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… Continue reading Making bread-therapeutic and fascinating

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… Continue reading Sourdough and a Short Séamus Heaney Film