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away April 23, 2024 blog Sorry to say I won’t be baking bread for COGS this Saturday 27 April as have spent the week away for work. Business as usual on Saturday 4 May, colouring of the crust April 22, 2024 blog Here’s Sarah Black from her book One Dough, Ten Breads: Making Great Bread by Hand on the colour of the crust: As the baking continues, the starch spring festival April 17, 2024 blog This Saturday 20 April 2024 from about 11am I’ll be selling Merton bread at the Spring Festival in the bombed out Coventry Cathedral. I’m thinking ear April 16, 2024 blog Have you ever wondered why that bit of the crust on a real loaf of bread is called the ear photos from harvest April 9, 2024 blog I’ve been meaning for ages to post these few photos from last September’s Harvest Festival at Coventry Cathedral. They were taken by Marcin Sz. This 6000 years April 8, 2024 blog From Eric Pallant’s fabulous book Sourdough Culture A History of Bread Making from Ancient to Modern Bakers: A bread made with sourdough bears more combo cooker and steam March 28, 2024 blog Many many years ago I stumbled across Chad Robertson’s first book Tartine. It was eye opening in many ways and in 2013 I spent time in San Francisco rye scald March 27, 2024 blog Variations on a theme. Last week I scalded semolina flour and it turned out fabulously. This week it’s the turn of some organic wholemeal rye flour friday not saturday March 19, 2024 blog I’ll be delivering loaves to Rachel at COGS of Coventry first thing on FRIDAY morning this week (22 March) and NOT on Saturday. Fair warning. It’s Merton semolina scald March 18, 2024 blog One of my favourite loaves contains almond and oat porridge. The porridge gives the crumb incredible softness and moisture and the almonds a bit of Merton rye 15 March 14, 2024 blog Another week another new loaf. This is the Merton rye 15. It’s just 15% wholemeal organic rye flour but that’s enough to give a rich nutty flavour Watch the dough March 14, 2024 blog From Addie Roberts’ book Secrets of Open Crumb: Watch the dough not the clock This is the best advice ever for making sourdough. Look for signs Merton semolina and sesame March 6, 2024 blog Rachel at COGS tracked down some wholewheat semolina flour for me so I’ve made the Merton semolina and sesame. It’s 80% strong white bread flour and Merton rice and rye February 21, 2024 blog Introducing Merton rice and rye. I’ve been trying to incorporate cooked brown rice into a loaf for some time now but this week I feel ready to share communal oven February 14, 2024 blog I love this story from Villa San Sebastiano in Abruzzo (east of Rome) where Lucia Tellone has restarted the town’s communal oven. That bread looks on sourdough workshops February 12, 2024 blog A few weeks ago I taught a sourdough workshop for beginners at the Hope Community Centre in Coventry. It was organised by COGS of Coventry’s Rachel subscribe February 10, 2024 blog If you want to get a weekly email ‘digest’ with links to new content on mertonbakery.com you can sign-up below more on costs February 7, 2024 blog Back in September I wrote a post about why Merton bread costs what it costs. A few things have changed since then so I thought I’d do a brief sunflower experiments February 6, 2024 blog I’ve long loved the taste of sunflower seeds in bread so I thought I’d try and develop a wholemeal and sunflower seed loaf. For my experiment I used Merton wholemeal extra February 1, 2024 blog And another new loaf this week: Merton wholemeal extra. It’s 40% organic strong white flour, 60% organic stoneground wholewheat flour, with an extra Merton rye and wheat germ January 25, 2024 blog Another new loaf this week: Merton rye and wheat germ. It’s 15% organic stoneground rye flour, 85% organic strong white flour, 8% organic wheat germ Merton cheese and pepper January 12, 2024 blog New year new loaf for Saturday 13 January 2024 at COGS. This is a take on the classic Roman dish cacio e pepe (literally “cheese and pepper”). It festa December 23, 2023 blog I baked some raisin, chocolate chip and walnut loaves yesterday and this morning and they are/were available by order only from Rachel at COGS. The sourdough in pencil December 20, 2023 blog From Molly Reeder’s Substack called Waxing and Weaving, here is one of her pencil drawings of a slice of sourdough. Reproduced without permission botanical December 13, 2023 blog I mentioned last week that I’d had a go baking with Vanessa Kimbell’s Botanical Blend No.2 Meadow Blend from Hodmedod’s. I’ve since made a couple experiments December 5, 2023 blog I ordered 3kg of Vanessa Kimbell’s Botanical Blend No.2 Meadow Blend and was very curious to bake with it. The flour looks and smells amazing. At honey honey December 1, 2023 blog I’ve been experimenting for the last couple of weeks with a brown rice porridge loaf but I just can’t quite get them to look right. They taste chickpea water November 23, 2023 blog I cooked a whole heap of chickpeas the other day in the pressure cooker. This means that I end up with a lot of chickpea water and rather than throw wheat roots November 23, 2023 blog I stumbled across a small collection of drawings of wheat roots by Anne-Marie Culhane in the book Sheaf from 2022. Here’s one: Reproduced without back November 17, 2023 blog Hi all. I’m back and was up early this morning fermenting bread ready to bake tomorrow morning. The bread (some Merton Simple, some Merton be right back October 13, 2023 blog I’m away for work so sadly I won’t be baking bread for you all until Saturday 18 November. See you then caught October 1, 2023 blog Regular readers of this site will know I experiment and tinker a lot with the bread I am making. Partly this is out of curiosity, but mostly it’s simple saturdays September 28, 2023 blog I’ve got a pretty heavy couple of work weeks coming up so for this Saturday (30 September) and next (7 October) I’ll only be baking Merton simple costing a loaf September 24, 2023 blog I often get asked about the economics of sourdough bread baking, and it’s not uncommon to hear people baulk at the price of a handmade loaf of purple bread September 21, 2023 blog I made some oat porridge and almond bread for some friends the other day, except I didn’t have any almonds. I substituted in some pecans (and a few bread 23 september September 21, 2023 blog This week at COGS (Saturday 23 September) there will Merton simple (£4.00) and Merton honey and rye (£4.00) available. For the honey rye loaves I’m nothing special September 17, 2023 blog I spent the afternoon selling sourdough bread at the Harvest Festival yesterday. It was such a pleasure to meet and chat with customers. Some had harvest festival September 14, 2023 blog This Saturday 16 September I won’t be baking for COGS as I have a wee stall at the Coventry Harvest Festival at Coventry Cathedral from 12pm to 5pm. kimbell equation September 8, 2023 blog I love this: Flour, water & salt + Culture, warmth & time = Sourdough From Vanessa Kimbell’s The Sourdough School bread 9 september September 6, 2023 blog This week at COGS (Saturday 9 September) there will Merton simple (£3.50) and Merton honey and rye (£4.00) available. Get in quick wholewheat sesame September 1, 2023 blog If you are coming down to COGS tomorrow (Saturday 2 September) to buy some Merton sourdough I’m selling a wholewheat and sesame loaf for the first boy with bread August 30, 2023 blog I was travelling recently and visited a small library in Trieste in the north of Italy. This photo was on the wall no bread 19 and 26 august August 14, 2023 blog I’ve got some ‘work work’ commitments coming up over the coming weekends so won’t be able to bake bread to deliver to COGs of Coventry on 19 and 26 oat porridge and almond August 6, 2023 blog I’ve been experimenting with an almond and oat porridge loaf based on the Tartine recipe from their book Tartine 3. The recipe involves making some wild yeast July 31, 2023 blog If a loaf of bread were a country the size of the Pitcairn Islands, then its population of wild yeast should be at least that of half the world, honey rye July 27, 2023 blog I’ve been playing with a honey rye loaf based on a recipe posted by @SnooStrawberries2560 on the sourdough sub-reddit. My version is 15% organic rye round July 23, 2023 blog When I started baking sourdough bread I always made a 1kg round or boule because, well, that was what the recipes asked me to do. These rounds also no bread 8 and 15 july July 5, 2023 blog I’ve got some ‘work work’ commitments coming up over the coming weekends so won’t be able to bake bread to deliver to COGs of Coventry on 8 and 15 sesame June 18, 2023 blog I’ve been experimenting a lot these last weeks to create a sesame loaf. I was adding wheat germ to the dough before rolling the loaves in sesame cooler May 20, 2023 blog If you’ve been looking around this site you’ll know that I work in a small domestic kitchen. This places all sorts of limits on how much bread I can a strange moment May 13, 2023 blog I started baking regular yeast-based breads not so long after emigrating from Aotearoa New Zealand to the UK in 2006 (via a beautiful thirteen year close up May 12, 2023 blog Merton simple May 10, 2023 blog Just flour (80% white, 15% wholewheat and 5% rye), salt and water. These loaves are hydrated at 73% (although I vary this a bit depending on