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How to bake French-style brioche bread

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French brioche bread

Baking bread. It sneaks up on you. It starts slowly, just a little experiment, maybe a curious attempt at a simple loaf. Nothing out of the ordinary, just flour, salt, yeast, water and time. You find that it works. It works better than you could ever dare believe it'd work. Your bread tastes real, substantial, [...]

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Rabbit with mustard

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Rabbit with mustard, or lapin a la moutarde

Rabbit is vastly under-rated. It's cheap, tasty, plentiful and versatile, but not very widely eaten. This should change. Rabbit is a superb meat, and it deserves a wider audience because it fits well with the needs of the modern cook - it's lean and healthy, it cooks quickly and doesn't take a lot of preparation, [...]

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How to make croissants

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Making French croissants

They look so complicated, with their elegant crescent shape and proudly airy layers of rich pastry, tightly curled up and falling over one another. Breaking one open sends a shower of buttery flakes everywhere and leaves your fingers satisfyingly greasy. Surely, this type of baking is the preserve of the professional? Or the French? But, [...]

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