Category Archives: Sourdough

Sourdough September 2020

(Photo: Wee Boulangerie’s ‘Flour of Scotland’ loaf for a previous Sourdough September) The Real Bread Campaign’s 8th annual, international celebration of the oldest way of leavening a loaf is underway. Three ingredients = a world of Real Bread. This year’s focus is on the diversity of bread that can be made with just three ingredients, and […]

Making a Starter from Scratch & Sourdough Country Bread Recipe

  adapted from Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley (Fourth Estate). Book (and dried starter) are available from www.scotlandthebread.org This is a delicious full-flavoured bread with a chewy crumb and thick crust made without added yeast. Wild yeasts in the flour multiply to raise the dough while naturally-occurring beneficial lactic acid bacteria give the bread its […]

‘Bake Two, Share One’ Recipe for Coronavirus Bread Communities

How can we help during the Coronavirus outbreak? We have been putting our heads together to work out how we can best play to our strengths and yours.   We’re focusing on two activities: 1. ‘Bake Two, Share One’ 2. Responsive help, tips, guidance and troubleshooting from us to help you bake your best loaf […]

Baking with Scotland The Bread’s Fulltofta rye flour

Thanks to our Director Alison Ramcharran for outlining her experience of using our new rye flour in her ‘nano-bakery’, where her seeded rye sourdough is gaining a local fan club. If you’ve never done it before, baking with freshly milled flour is a new and sensory experience. The joy of opening a bag of just-milled […]

Andrew Whitley’s DO Lecture Podcast: ‘Why Bread Needs Time’

Why Bread Needs Time The DO Lectures Andrew’s DO Lecture, in which he sets out the case for a campaign for better bread, was originally recorded live at the global event in Cardigan, west Wales in 2008. Its recent publication as a DO Podcast is nicely timed for Real Bread Week 2020: listen in here. If you’re looking for a way to fit […]

Sourdough code of (mal)practice? Real Bread Campaign urges DEFRA to reject proposed industry code

The Real Bread Campaign believes that a document sent to Defra is a cheats’ charter that attempts to legitimise abusing people’s growing love of sourdough by hijacking the word. A group of five trade bodies* has presented Defra with a ‘UK Baking Industry Code of Practice for the Labelling of Sourdough Bread and Rolls’. The […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]