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  1. What temperature does chocolate melt at?

    Generally speaking chocolate starts to melt from 30 to 32 C, just a little bit lower than your body temperature (that’s why chocolate tastes so good, when you melt it on your tonque!). But the exact melting temperature depends on the content of the chocolate you are melting (or try not to melt!).

    Before we go into the scientific explanation of chocolate melting, what you probably want to remember is that white chocolate melts at the lowest temperature, milk chocolate somewhere in the middle, whereas dark chocolate takes the longest to melt.

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    When I run my sourdough bread baking courses, I often get asked criptical questions from my curious students. The answers to some of the questions like: 'Is sourdough bread gluten free ?' initially seem very obvious, but strangely enough when you dig a little deeper the answer is not that clear cut.

    So, first of all to satisfy your curiosity to know whether sourdough bread is gluten free, well, of course it depends on what type of flour you use! Since it's very difficult to bake a true sourdough bread from completely gluten free flour, traditional sourdough breads are not gluten free.

  3. Bread Baking Tips

    My top bread baking tips

    Based on my 18 years of experience of baking bread for my family, friends and customers, here are my favourite tips on getting each loaf perfect every time.

    How to get your bread perfect every time!

    It’s interesting how people are often very confident when baking cakes and bakes, but when it comes to baking bread people think it’s some sort of black art, where everything needs to be just spot on and all measured perfectly.

    To some extent that’s true, but once you master a few basic things, bread baking is actually a lot more forgiving than making cakes.

  4. American Sweets

    If you've recently visited USA and miss all the amazing sweets you've tasted there, you might be searching for where to buy them here in the UK. Or perhaps you've moved to UK from USA and missing your childhood treats. 

    Either way, here is where to buy traditional American Sweets in UK

    Where to buy American Sweets

    Supermarkets

    All major supermarkets seems to have worked out that the general public rather enjoys traditional american sweets and most large supermarkets have designated aisles with American foods.

    On-line shops

    American Sweets

    www.americansweets.co.uk

    American Fizz

    www.americanfizz.co.uk

    Candy Hero

    www.candyhero.com

    Kingdom of Sweets

    www.kingdomofsweets.com

    I'm sure there are many more - do let me know if you have a favourite place to go for your american sweets. And by the way, which one is your favourite?

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    How to remove bread from sticking bread tin? This is a question I'm often asked at my Bread Baking Courses.  It's not a problem if you are baking traditional breads like sourdough, but if you want a nice sandwich loaf, you do need to use a bread tin.
     
    It's not really an issue, if you are using modern cake loaf tins, which are usually non-stick, but it could be a huge problem if you have an older tins or like me like to use a vintage and professional bread baking tins.
     
    So, what can you do to prevent your bread from sticking to the bread tin? Well this is what I have tried and tested. And yes, like you I was standing with a hot bread tin trying to shake it out (and believe me swearing doesn't really work).  So what does?