No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Sunday, 2 February 2014


Saturday 1st Feb 2014
I made another loaf today, using a tin that I thought was closer to the one that LME was using. It's a more modern shape, longer and lower:

Put to prove

After an hour in the oven with a jug of hot water from the tap

Bit lop-sided - definitely home-made! In the absence of a cooling rack place the loaf across the tin to cool 
Saturday 25th Jan 2014
Several days ago, the Leicestershire Mumsnet Editor (LME) asked me to join her in a project to get more Mumsnet posters making bread. 

Here's my version. (The full story starts at the bottom of this post.)

The Mumsnet loaf!