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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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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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My first Pain Rustique with local flour from my wood-fired oven

I’d been looking for a simple bread to hone my bulk bread making abilities, and as I was leafing through an excellent book about wood-fired baking as a leaving pressie, I came across what looked like a simple candidate recipe for … Continue reading

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Building my Wood-Fired Brick Oven – Part 1

In 2010, my wife bought me an inspiring baking course for my 38th Birthday at the Natural Bread Company, then based at the semi-rural Manor Farm, Wantage. This real bread bakery is one of only around 5 such outlets in my home … Continue reading

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I have just taken my second ever tray of my Grandma’s recipe almond slices out of the oven – for the second time this Summer, lovingly created with the help of my kids. Joan Hoye would have been 94 now, … Continue reading

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