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Long rise rye bread

The distinctive rich flavour of this bread is similar to the traditional sour-dough common in Germany. It requires a little more time than wheat bread but the result is worth it. The caraway is optional, but when I dared suggest this in conversation with an elderly man whose father’s rye bread had been his staple food as a child growing up in Czechoslovakia he put up his hands in horror as if I had blasphemed and cried “But you must use caraway: you can’t make rye bread without caraway!”.

Ingredients

  • 500g wholemeal Rye flour
  • 3 tsp dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 350 ml warm water (about 45°C)

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The Hungry Gap (Bridport Times, May 2018)

We write monthly for the magazine Bridport Times. To see this article as originally published, view the pages on Issue.

It’s May; in recent years the weather has been practically summer, and could be the best sun we get until September, but in terms of growing food, we are still in the notorious “hungry gap”. And if we were careless or unlucky we’d be at the end of our stores as well.

So what is the hungry gap, and is it still relevant to us today? It is the gap in crops between winter and summer. The time when Continue reading “The Hungry Gap (Bridport Times, May 2018)”

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Simple rye soda bread

Soda bread is a traditional Irish wheat loaf, but we like to use rye or barley for ours. These flours don’t rise easily with yeast as wheat does but using a soda bread recipe works well to make a firm and tasty loaf. Soda bread is very quick to make and needs to be eaten fresh.

Ingredients

  • 500g wholemeal Rye flour (or Barley flour for a variation)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your preference)
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 300 ml warm water or milk or old yoghurt (about 40°C )

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Spring Tide Festival – 19th and 20th May

The National Trust’s annual show case of local produce, makers and artisans, at Hive Beach in Burton Bradstock. We are happy to be invited back and will have a selection of our produce on display and for sale, as well as tasters of our bread and – first time ever  – some cake for you to try, all made with our own flour.

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st May from 10am-4pm. Free parking for National Trust members at Hive Beach. £2 entry per person including National Trust members, under 12s are free (all money raised is spent on conservation work at local National Trust sites.) Dogs allowed on the lead. See the National Trust website here for more information.

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