bread

Pane di Como, or Italian country bread

Como bread, traditional Italian country bread from Lake Como.

Most of the bread I bake follows a fairly standard pattern. I've got a couple of staple recipes, one for an everyday loaf that works well for white or whole grain and any variation in between and a couple of ways with sourdough, too. The everyday loaf is the most versatile, and it can easily [...]

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Semolina bread

Tartine Bread’s semolina loaf

The more I bake bread, the more I realise that I know so little about it, the more I understand why being a baker is a calling as much as a profession. I've started to experiment more, recently, started using different techniques and methods to home in on the things that I really like about [...]

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Panmarino, or Italian rosemary bread

Panmarino, or Italian rosemary bread

I made a pain au levain the other week, a French sourdough shaped like a torpedo, and full of glorious air holes, encased in a brittle crust. It was a textbook example of why 'slow is best' when it comes to baking bread. The levain, or starter, was set up the night before, giving it a [...]

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Finnish pulla buns

Finnish Pulla buns

Here's something a little different - a sweetened dough from the Nordic countries, particularly Finland. It's the Northern European version of brioche, a bread dough packed with butter and sugar, stuffed with a variety of fruits, creams and spices, as the baker sees fit. Pulla buns are best made as enormous, fist-sized wedges, each looking [...]

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Pain au Levain, or a basic French-style sourdough

French sourdough

I used to think that sourdough had to be, well, sour ... that it had to have a deep, acidic taste that almost made you wince. The more sourness, the better, and my trick was to let the dough rise for extraordinarily long periods of time, to let the acidity that's a by-product of fermentation [...]

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