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.

Thursday, 19 January 2017


Wednesday 11th Jan 2017

Starting another year breadmaking with the residents of TAH - but unfortunately, no-one came. This was partly due to the fact that there had been an Indian Cookery session just before I arrived - the two guys I spoke to both said they didn't want to do any more cooking.

Wednesday 18th Jan 2017
Never mind, back again today, and Richard agreed to join me. He made a plateful of fruit pikelets:

Self raising flour, a little sugar, water and sultanas
Whilst Richard was making the pikelets, I made a fruit soda bread in the frying pan:

These are about half the number of pieces from the loaf - the rest were a bit too crumbly
1 mug s/raising flour, 2 dessertspoons sugar, 2 teaspoons mixed spice and 1 mug sultanas, with 1/3rd mug water and a splash of olive oil.

Mixed to a dough, kneaded briefly, then rolled out to the size of the frying pan. 5 minutes, roughly, each side. I probably had the heat too high at one time - electric hobs are not very adjustable. But the bread tasted fine, as 4 smokers in the outside area testified. The rest were put on the dining room counter as an advert for my sessions.

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