Welcome to BreadClub20 – baking bread for fun, nutrition and well-being…

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Welcome to BreadClub20 – Baking bread for fun, nutrition and well-being.

The Facebook page ‘BreadClub20’ may well be your first port of call……but here you’ll find all the recipes for my yeasted breads, sourdough and other bakery items.

Born out of Lockdown 2020 – BreadClub20 aims to start people off on their own bread baking journeys, re-energise home bakers or simply to share with you what I’ve been doing for a lifetime.

Why not come on board? There’s no subscription fee and you’ll also find us on social media at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just click on the words.

On this page are my last three bakes. You can click on the link for full details. However, if you explore the top menu, you’ll find recipes for Yeasted Breads, Sourdough recipes, an alphabetical guide to all the recipes and a running blog of bits and pieces.

“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” (Nelson Mandela)

Above all…….Happy Baking…..

THE LATEST BAKES and POSTS

(for all the recipes – Click here for the Guide to the Recipes

The Starter Loaf – BC20 Back to Basics

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This is an exercise for new bakers…or those whose baking is limited to the recipes that exist within one or more of the books you regularly got to and that may well sit on a shelf somewhere in your home. 

Our first instinct as new bakers is to go to the recipe book. But, once we start doing that, we gradually run the risk of being drawn into a cycle of dependence. Click to read more

Classic Spelt and Sesame – a BC20 Back to Basics

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What is spelt? Spelt is a species of wheat. It’s also known as dinkel or hulled wheat. It’s ancient flour. We know that our Bronze Age ancestors were familiar with it and it was a staple right through until the Middle Ages. The Romans baked using it and it was a popular bread throughout the Roman Empire. 

In its natural form, it survives today in Spain and Central Europe. However, it’s also widely produced as a healthy food and a popular flour. Click to read more…

Classic Wholemeal – BC20 Back to Basics

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This is another in the series ‘BC20 Back to Basics’. Today, it’s a Classic Wholemeal. 

Wholemeal or Wholegrain flour is made using the whole of wheat kernel. The wheat germ is separated from the white part of the grain and then returned to the white flour at the end of the grinding process. Click to read more…

Pain à la Bière

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Pain à la bière is often referred to as ‘ale bread’ or ‘beer bread’. It’s a generic bread that uses beer to enhance flavour and also to create a poolish, whose use lightens the final bake and adds an interesting texture. Click to read more…

The Farmhouse Brown – back to BC20 basics

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Brown bread flour contains about 85% of the original grain. A good deal of the bran and germ are retained. It’s darker than strong white flour and ‘nuttier’. It’s not as ‘entire’ as wholemeal – it sits in the middle between white and wholemeal. Click to read more..

The Farmhouse Loaf – back to BC20 basics

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To many, the basic Farmhouse white epitomises the ‘perfect loaf’. It’s also the perfect loaf to tackle at the start of your breadmaking journey. 

Well, it’s actually the perfect loaf – anytime. 

It’s soft, easy to cut and ideal for sandwiches and toast…right to the very last crumb.

But, first a word about the ingredients.  Click to read more…

Grandma Johnston’s Limpa

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Recently, a BreadClub20 baker, Keith Walker, sent me a lovely old recipe belonging to a relative of a friend of his…for Swedish Limpa. Click to read more..

Ciabatta – BC20 style

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Did you know that Ciabatta was only invented in 1982?

It’s true….it was first produced by Arnaldo Cavallari and called Ciabatta Polesana after Polesine, his home in northeast Italy. Click to read more…

Twelfth Night bread

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Twelfth Night bread is not the same as Twelfth Night cake. The former is most certainly a bread; the latter is, in the UK, a dense and rich fruit cake. 

Twelfth Night bread, often eaten on the Feast of the Three Kings, or January 5th, has its roots in Christianity and marks the twelfth day of Christmas. Click to read more…

Pain d’épices

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Pain d’épices is aincent. Its roots go back through the Middle East, past the Greeks and the Romans and back to the ancient Egyptians. There, it was a sweet spiced bread, baked in honey. click to read more…

Bara Hâd Pabi (Poppy Bread)

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Bara Hâd Pabi…..or Pain aux Graines de Pavot….or Poppy Bread, if you like. 

Adding poppy seeds to bread is popular throughout Central Europe and in certain areas of South Asia. The seeds are rich in thiamin, folate and essential minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. That’s not bad when you think that there are over 3,300 poppy seeds to the gram and between one and two million to the pound. Click to read more..

Baguette Tradition

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French baguettes take time and you need to plan ahead. True, there are lots of quicker recipes for ‘lookalike’ French baguettes – made with a poolish or with a sourdough starter. However, we must remember one very important thing…the ingredients for a true baguette tradition are enshrined in law. Click to read more…

Easy Pumpernickel

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There’s German Pumpernickel and American Pumpernickel….pumpernickel – traditionally made with sourdough starter and pumpernickel made with a commercial yeast levain. 

But, sometimes, you just want a nice easy pumpernickel. One that you can put together without too much planning and forethought. Click to read more…

Pain au Levain – BC20 style

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Here’s a quandary. When is a sourdough not a sourdough? 

We’re used to baking sourdough over a three-day period. 

Day One is prepping the sourdough ‘starter’ or levain.

Vienna Bread

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Vienna bread is more of a ‘type’ of bread than a specific bake. It’s usually formulated from a selection of ingredients that can differ and be swapped about depending on the baker and their own baking repertoire. Click to read more…

Polish Rye – BC20 style

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It’s the week before Christmas. In pre-Covid times, we would have been enjoying our usual pre-Christmas trip to Eastern Europe. The beauty of the Christmas markets, wonderful food, the chance of crisp snow and toasty-warm apartments. Click to read more…