Author Archives: Scotland The Bread

Our Contribution to the Rowett Institute Climate Week 2019 Pledge Tree

As part of Climate Week 2019 (7 – 13th October) the Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health in Aberdeen created a ‘pledge tree’ for the Rowett atrium. Launched on the 11th October, this represented an opportunity for the Institute to showcase their research and the work of partners and colleagues to contribute towards fulfilling the […]

Geoff Tansey’s Audio and Video Tours Around Macbiehill Agroforestry Farm

Food campaigner, writer, broadcaster and consultant Geoff Tansey joined Scotland The Bread Chairman Andrew Whitley in 2015 for a filmed guided tour of Macbiehill Agroforestry Farm in the Scottish Borders. Andrew is now preparing to move from the five-acre farm closer to Balcaskie Estate, where we are now based at Bowhouse and our grain is […]

Baking With Scottish Heritage Flour: Why is it Different?

This heritage flour is special. Apart from its above-average mineral content, it has: a full, satisfying flavour without the dry dustiness of some wholemeals gluten that is naturally softer, less stretchy and more extensible (and arguably more digestible) than in common breadmaking flours How come? It’s all down to the interaction of two factors – climate and […]

About Hunter’s Organic Grain and Wholemeal Flour

Key information Variety name: Hunter’s Certified organic wheat 100% wholemeal flour finely ground on the innovative Zentrofan cyclone mill Above-average values for most key minerals Soft texture and a flavour that is quite a revelation Suitable for real bread (with long fermentation and no additives) and pastries, cakes and biscuits Origins Hunter’s wheat has an interesting story. Sometime around […]

About Golden Drop Organic Grain and Wholemeal Flour

Key information Variety name: Golden Drop Certified organic wheat 100% wholemeal flour finely ground on the innovative Zentrofan cyclone mill Above-average values for most key minerals Soft texture and a flavour that is quite a revelation Suitable for real bread (with long fermentation and no additives) and pastries, cakes and biscuits Origins Golden Drop wheat is probably descended from […]

About Rouge d’Ecosse Organic Grain and Wholemeal Flour

Key information Variety name: Rouge d’Ecosse Certified organic wheat 100% wholemeal flour finely ground on the innovative Zentrofan cyclone mill Above-average values for most key minerals Soft texture and a flavour that is quite a revelation Suitable for real bread (with long fermentation and no additives) and pastries, cakes and biscuits Origins Rouge d’Ecosse wheat is, despite its French […]

Mince Pies

Mince pies

The quintessential Christmas treat gets a home-grown update with delicious nut-brown, Scotland The Bread wholemeal pastry. This recipe is enough for about 16 mince pies. Core and dice the apples into fairly small pieces. Toss the diced apples in the cider vinegar quickly to prevent browning. Mix everything together thoroughly and put in a bucket […]

Focaccia and Flatbread

This dough works well as the basis for many kinds of flat bread. It is a soft dough with a high water content that spreads outwards easily while puffing up a little with holes of varied size. It can be shaped like a slipper to make a classic ciabatta or rolled out very thinly to […]

Fermented Bran Sourdough Bread

Scotland The Bread Chairman Andrew Whitley’s unique recipe for fermented bran sourdough wholemeal bread is a way of making a lighter loaf with wholemeal flour without sacrificing any nutritional quality. Indeed, fermenting the bran separately produces valuable by-products of nutritional relevance, not to mention wonderful flavour. Equipped with a sieve and a little skill, you […]

Scottish Wholemeal Baps

Makes 18 good-sized baps using the ‘sponge-and-dough’ method Stage 1: the overnight sponge Dissolve the yeast in some of the water and add it to the flour with the rest of the water. Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Cover and ferment this dough at room temperature for 12-18 hours. Stage 2: the […]