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 Championships 2019

For the second year running, the overall winner of the Scottish Bread Championships 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 […]

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

This is a sourdough version of the Hot Cross Bun recipe from Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley. The process takes longer than the yeasted version, naturally, but the resulting buns are full of flavour, with a characteristic slightly chewy texture. Made with Scotland The Bread heritage wholemeal flour, they will taste all the better. The recipe […]

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: […]

‘People’s Plant Breeding’ Grain Selection Event 2018, Part 1: the Background

In 2018, Scotland The Bread grew 70 tonnes of wheat and rye on the Balcaskie Estate in Fife. There are 10 ‘varieties’ which, with the exception of one modern spring wheat Paragon, are characterised by considerable genetic diversity within the crop. This is especially true of the ‘evolutionary varieties’ that we have brought over from Sweden. […]

The Scottish Bread Championships 2018: Full List of Awards

The second Scottish Bread Championships was held at this year’s Royal Highland Show, attracting more than 80 entries from across Scotland. Judging took almost four hours, with eight of the country’s keenest food experts poring over a laden stretch of table before the awards were collated. Organised by the Scottish Food Guide and Scotland The Bread, the Championships are made […]

Meet the 2018 Scottish Bread Championships Panel

After the success of 2017’s inaugural Scottish Bread Championships, this year’s expert-packed judging panel has expanded by two, bringing the expertise of cookery writer Sue Lawrence and gastronomy academic Charlotte Maberly to the sourdough-laden table. Read about all eight of the Real Bread critics here, and submit your entry by Friday May 1 (entry deadline extended) for […]