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Christmas Party Baking

Tin of mince pies.

Tin of mince pies

Last weekend we threw a little Christmas soirée (well mulled wine and mince pies) and that involved a lot of baking on my part.

On the menu were mince pies, bread sticks, bread shots and more pfeffernüsse.

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More Bike Repairs

Having given my commuting bike a new lease of life with a Single Speed conversion  I have been enjoying riding it around, until it broke on on me. Literally the handle bar just snapped. So I took the opportunity to perform a few repairs / upgrades.

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Flour Supplies and More Bread

Yesterday saw a trip to the velodrome in Newport with a return journey via Shipton Mill. The perfect combination of bread and bikes. The velodrome was great as usual but having never been to Shipton Mill I was intrigued to see what I would find. What I left with was 7 kg of new flour and a new book, and that made me very happy.

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Out With The Old – Baking Stone

In a quick follow up to my previous post on birthday bread books  one of my later presents was a new baking stone. I have previously been using a round pizza stone, but it cracked into three. Whilst this didn’t make it unusable it did become annoying.

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New Bread Books

So have I mentioned it was our Birthday recently. (Claire and I share a birthday, which makes it like Christmas). We had various treats and activities planned to celebrate, and a number of them involved bread. Amongst other things I got two new bread cookery books (Dough and The Bread Baker’s Apprentice).

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Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Yet another non bread post. I am sorry – don’t worry I have a new book and a loaf waiting to go into the oven so there will be more bread soon. For now you will have to make do with this little bake. Made largely by Claire for a lab meeting, we decided to make something a bit special. We decided upon cookie monster cupcakes based on a dark chocolate wedding cupcake recipe from Susannah Blake’s Cupcake Heaven.

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Bread Maker Jam

This blog post started as a two parter, the first a Rye Sourdough and the second a Strawberry Jam. Sadly I can not find a copy of the sourdough recipe, so I will have to save that for another day. The jam, on the other hand, is a story worth telling.

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Fibre Flare

This is perhaps the most overdue post yet. I bought this product on a bit of a whim back in May and haven’t had a chance to properly test it, until last night. So it’s about time for a review I think. For those of you who don’t know the Fibre Flare is a flexible strip light for your bike / self. Designed to be visible not to see by.

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50 / 50 Sandwich Loaf

Whilst I bake a lot there is always something I am waiting to bake, or a recipe I want to try. I rarely work in chronological order, and this is one of those loaves I have been waiting for the opportunity to bake. Whilst initially quite a simple idea a 50/50 loaf tin bake. The story of this loaf came from a request from a fellow blogger for a loaf to make sandwiches from. Here it is:

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Sourdough For Chowder

So here is the next chapter in my sourdough adventures. Yet another attempt, and yet more room for improvement, yet somehow I really feel like I am getting somewhere. I will not, and can not, be beaten by a bread made from three ingredients. Last night we had smoked haddock chowder, and required sourdough, here is what happened.

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