Proving Bread Overnight - Why And How?

A round loaf with a wheat stalk scoring pattern
What about proving bread overnight, Paul Hollywood style (or otherwise)? Why would you want to? And how best to do it? If you've been wondering about the secrets of an overnight prove, this article is for you. Here I discuss the benefits (and potential drawbacks) of overnight proving and give you the easiest method for overnight success.

Note that Paul Hollywood and I may slightly disagree over the details of how to use this technique but, don't worry, I'll explain our differences and you can do whatever works for you.

How To Use Fermipan Red Yeast

Fermipan yeast in a packet and a jar with a loaf of bread in the background
Fermipan yeast: How do you use it? Is it good? Can it be stored? Here are all the answers to your Fermipan yeast questions.

If you want to know more about Fermipan Red yeast, you've come to the right place. I have been using Fermipan Red yeast for decades. It is my top choice of instant dried yeast.

In this article I will explain how to use Fermipan Red yeast, how it can best be stored and why I recommend it over other instant dried yeasts.

Matthew's Eight Grain Flour

A bag of Matthews Eight Grain Flour
Put to the test: Matthew's Cotswold Eight Grain flour. Want to know how it went?

AND there's a neat little experiment to determine the perfect hydration (you can do this with any flour).

If you want to understand more about getting the best results from your flour, read on.

How To Bake Your First Sourdough Loaf

Sourdough loaf
Don't be daunted please. Sourdough bread need not be complicated. 

You've got your sourdough starter and you're ready to make your first loaf. Let's keep it simple.

Of course, there is a lot of information out there about how best to bake sourdough bread. It can all seem overwhelming. The same could be said for commercial-yeast breads too. The more you read, the more you realise you don't know. Rest assured, people have been making bread very simply for centuries with cooking facilities much more basic than yours. Sure, you can read and read (and read): it can be fun and exciting to learn more and hone your technique. But if you're just starting with sourdough and you want to make a loaf of bread as simply as possible, read on.

How To Start Sourdough From Scratch

Sourdough starter with lots of bubbles
Want to start a sourdough adventure with me? This post will show you how. 

There's something so satisfying about nurturing wild yeast from a simple flour and water mixture, keeping it healthy and active, watching it grow and, eventually, creating a loaf of naturally leavened bread. Here I talk you through the process of creating and maintaining your own sourdough starter.

How To Boost Your Bread Recipe And Make A More Lovable Loaf

Bread with seeds and malted wheat flakes

Do you like variety? You have your tried-and-tested bread recipe, but you'd like a change?

With some simple tweaks, it's possible to make a different loaf every time, even using the same recipe.

Here are some easy ways to boost your bread recipe and enhance your baking repertoire.

Surprisingly, you can make a lot of different breads using the same basic recipe.

Five Easy Techniques To Make Your Bread Super Attractive

Bread with a heart shaped scoring pattern
Five ways to make your bread look extra special:

      1. Glazing
      2. Toppings
      3. Plaiting/braiding
      4. Scoring
      5. Stencilling
Homemade bread is lovely. There's something special about being able to give a freshly baked loaf as a gift. But sometimes you want to it be extra special; something above and beyond the fact that it has been lovingly homemade. What if your bread could be lovingly homemade AND really beautiful?
Read on.

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