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  1. How to bake bread at home

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    For the last year or so I have been thinking of writing a book - a bread baking book that is. And after several months spend in front of computer screen and testing new recipes, I'm really pleased to say, that I'm nearly there!

    The book is now being proofread, formatted and I'm finishing setting up all the technical stuff behind the scenes. Did you know how many things you need to work out and connect if you just want to download a pdf? 

  2. Bread Baking Questions and Answers

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    Bread Baking Questions and Answers

    Why does my bread split on the top?

    There could be number of reasons for this:

    Oven too hot

    Your oven could be too hot for the type of bread you are baking

    No bread slashing

    Inadequate or lack of bread slashing. When you slash bread, you direct where you want your bread to 'open up' and it allows the excess air from bread to escape and it won't burst on the top or where you don't want it to.

  3. How to bake a No knead bread without a dutch oven

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    How to bake a no knead bread without a dutch oven

    For the last twenty years, I've been baking my bread using the traditional method of kneading bread dough, leaving to prove twice, shaping it and finally baking it in a standard domestic oven.

    But until recently, I've never tried the 'no knead' bread. I have to say, I was a bit sceptical, thinking to myself that if not kneading your dough was the way to go, why would anyone even knead bread dough anymore?

    Surely 'no knead' bread can't be as good as the traditional bread? The kneading is essential as it awakens the gluten in bread flour, which is what makes the dough so elastic and holds its shape when your bake it.

    If you read my other bread recipes on this blog, you already know that there is a bit of science behind bread baking and every element of the bread baking method has its purpose and reason.

    With this in mind, let me finally let you on a little secret! 

  4. Sourdough Starter Troubleshooting Guide

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    Sourdough Starter - Troubleshooting Guide

    Sourdough bread baking is a fairly complex baking process, and many people struggle with getting started and especially establishing their new sourdough starter. The problem, in my opinion, is that sourdough bread baking is like a science, where you constantly need to consider all the external elements and constantly adjust your method.

    What works one day, might not work in exactly the same way next week as your kitchen might be slightly different temperature, you use different bread flour, and the starter is less or more vigorous than the previous week. 

  5. Easy Tortilla Bread Recipe

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    Tortilla Flat Bread Recipe

    Today I wanted to share with you one of the easiest types of bread there is - a tortilla flat bread!

    So, what's so great about this recipe? You don't need to be a seasoned bread baker to be able to make this bread, it's brilliant starter bread for beginners.

    You also don't need to worry too much about rising, testing or baking this bread. Few minutes of simple kneading will do the job! This recipe doesn't need a yeast (or any other raising agent), which is why you don't need to worry about your kneading technique to much. 

  6. How to make soda bread without buttermilk

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    Soda Bread Recipe

    Soda bread is one of the easiest bread recipes you can make. Even if you are a beginner and you've never made bread before you can bake this recipe! Trust me!

    My bread baking course's students are always surprised how easy this soda bread recipe is and laugh when I tell, them that they need to pretty much forget what I've just told them about baking yeasted bread! None of the rules apply here!