Quick Breads

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I didn’t really ever consider the existance of ‘quick bread’ until that is, I saw last night’s episode of the Great British Bake Off. All of a sudden, the Saturday morning loaf might actually be ready by lunchtime… Basic Soda Bread Quick breads work by generating the lift gas due to the reaction of bicarb of soda and something acidic, …

Focaccia

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I always thought I didn’t really like focaccia, but I promise you this beauty bears no resemblance to the heavy stodge that you buy from the supermarket and reheat at home. Focaccia is a light, crispy bread, heavy on olive oil and infused with a variety of additional ingredients. The general rule is if it cooks inside 15 minutes, it’s …

Ciabatta

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I love ciabatta, its a close run thing between this and sourdough for King of Breads if you ask me. Here is the summary of what I learned on a Italian breads course at the excellent Bread Ahead bakery school in Borough Market. The key, as ever, is super high quality ingredients. Going the extra mile to source organic, stone-milled …