Author Archives: Scotland The Bread

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 […]

Why Bake Sourdough?

Sourdough is a culture of yeasts and beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in bread flour and dough. The yeasts are more varied and less concentrated than baker’s yeast, so they raise the dough more slowly. The lactic acid bacteria (LAB) also require many hours of fermentation to work their wonders. Real sourdough is very simple, […]

Why is Scotland The Bread’s Work Needed?

The Scottish diet needs to change. Nudges, recommendations and exhortations to citizens to make “healthier choices” are useless if the underlying nutritional quality of basic foods is inadequate. For a quick introduction to some of the big problems and some of our solutions, download this short presentation (PDF) given by Andrew Whitley at the Field of Enquiry […]

Scottish Bread Championship 2019

For the second year running, the overall winner of the Scottish Bread Championship triumphed with a loaf made from Scotland The Bread’s heritage flour. Wild Hearth Bakery’s wholemeal sourdough loaf was in one of the most popular of the seven categories, ‘Bread from Scottish-Grown Flour’. The Supreme Champion award crowned the Perthshire-based bakery’s haul of […]

Real Bread Week 2019

To celebrate Real Bread Week 2019 we organised a ‘flour share’ event with some of Scotland’s most talented bakers. The three bakeries that took part are all masters of their sourdough craft, committed to slowly fermented, flavour-full Real Bread. We sent them a sample pack of our heritage flours, in return for honest feedback. Scotland The Bread […]

‘People’s Plant Breeding’ Event 2018, Part 2: the Grain Selection

On the 25th September 2018, immediately preceding our AGM, we started what might well be the first ever community science experiment of its kind: a ‘People’s Plant Breeding’ grain selection event. ‘A small, quiet and entirely benign revolution.’ We recommend you read in more detail about the background to the event here, but in brief: […]