A question I am often asked is “Do I need to add sugar to my bread dough?”. The simple answer is no. Bread dough only needs flour, water and yeast to work, but adding salt, whilst optional, improves the flavour and the texture of the dough. Why add sugar? Many recipes for bread include a […]
I have been busy filming an Advanced Breads course to add to the online course library this week and wanted to share a snippet of it with you. When I run my Baguette course here in Ironbridge one of the biggest ‘Aha’ moments for people is when they learn how to properly score a baguette.
The simple answer is yes you can. We lead busy lives, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make great bread at home – every day if we want to. We can do this by pressing pause on making our bread. Get a free ebook to help you make better bread How can I pause
It is unbelievably frustrating to have spent time make your dough, shaping it, letting it prove to then find it sticks to your banneton. I know, I have been there and done that. There are a few things that can help prevent this from happening. Develop the gluten in the dough It is important that
Whenever I do a Bread Basics course here in Ironbridge, there is often a moment when the students taking part in the course suddenly understand what it is they have been struggling with or getting wrong. It’s their lightbulb moment. The most common of these is that they realise that they have been mixing their
Yes, you can definitely use a bread machine to make your bread at home. It always makes me smile when people come along to one of my bread making courses and then sheepishly ask what I think about bread machines. Most expect me to throw my hands up in horror at the thought. However, I
There is nothing more frustrating than making a loaf, baking it and finding your bread stuck to the tin or baking tray. Been there, done that. There are a number of reasons why it happens. It is good to understand these and try to use tactics to overcome them. Develop your dough well If you