Monthly Archives: April 2014

Australian Bread Books

There were three books i was interested in:

The Bread and Butter project by Allam and McGuinness (which I bought; not available from Amazon)

The Natural Tucker Bread book (available from Amazon)

Sourdough companion by John Downes (not on Amazon but link to Johns’ web site: http://sourdough.com/bakery/john-downes)

I have not had time to read much of the Bread and Butter book but it does have some great recipes particularly for sourdough.  Most of the loaves can be made by hand or in a mixer and there are instructions/advice for both options.  There is plenty of basic advice and a good story about how the company started the Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney, a social enterprise providing training for people and communities in need.  Only regret I didn’t buy the book earlier so I could have visited one of their bakeries!  Thoroughly recommended.

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Bread down under

Just back from a month in Australia and found the bread scene there similar in some ways to the UK.  The bakers and supermarkets generally don’t have the range of breads we do here and there are a lot of bread mixes on the shelf but a very poor selection of bread flours.  I made some sourdough while I was there and had to buy wholemeal and rye flour from a health food shop.

Sourdough is widely available in craft bakers but is expensive though, frankly, most of the food and drink over there seems expensive to us.  Another loaf which is rather different and delicious toasted is fruit loaf.  Breakfast is big in Australia and this crops up on most breakfast menus.  I have tried this recipe but it is one of those which can be tailored to the fruit available.  In one cafe the loaf had paw paw in it!  The cinnamon adds a lot to the flavour so you might want to be more generous than the recipe suggests and, personally, I would leave out the sugar.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/19993/rich+fruit+loaf

I will list a couple of good Australian bread recipe books later in the week.  Don’t forget Barkway market is coming up 10 May, 10am-4pm; lots of bread and chocolate treats plus a wide range of cheeses from the award winning Cheeseplate.