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Building my Wood-Fired Brick Oven – Part 3 – Laying the Blockwork Table

This is the third part of my “Building my Wood-Fired Brick Oven” post series, which is all about laying the blockwork structure on which the “table” will be supported.  It is on this concrete table you will build the oven … Continue reading

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The Salt of the Earth

My microbakery, the White Horse Bakehouse, does not use industrial salt in its products, I use only Sel de Guérande, which in my opinion qualifies as The Salt of the Earth. I never use Table Salt at home, except in … Continue reading

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Real Bread bakeries in and near Oxford

Artisan Bakeries and Real Bread in particular is on the rise across the UK, but it isn’t always easy to find out where to get it. In and around Oxford there are a growing number of Real Bread outlets available, … Continue reading

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A visit to a Wood-Fired Bakery in Kefalonia

Although not all aspects of our family vacations are oriented around baking – I feel that it is important to try the local bread and other bakery products where I visit.  Last year, in early June 2015, while on a … Continue reading

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Generating Steam in a Wood-Fired Oven

A question of steam… On artisan bread baking forums, you hear time and time again that one of the keys to baking great crusty bread is steam.  Another key is of course a lot of heat.  So while the wood … Continue reading

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On the Nature of Pre-ferments

One of the toughest things I’ve had to figure out when learning to bake is what should pre-ferments actually look like when they’re ready to use.  This goes for both the poolish or biga type ferments which are called for … Continue reading

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Handmade and homemade: how to do pizza dough bases from scratch

Tips on making your real pizza dough bases at home Continue reading

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